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We conducted a randomized, controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a text-messaging system used for notification of disease outbreaks in Kenya. Health facilities that used the system had more timely notifications than those that did not (19.2% vs. 2.6%), indicating that technology can enhance disease surveillance in resource-limited settings.

Original publication

DOI

10.3201/eid2204.151459

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emerg Infect Dis

Publication Date

04/2016

Volume

22

Pages

711 - 715

Keywords

Kenya, bioterrorism and preparedness, cell phones, communicable diseases, developing countries, disease notification, disease outbreaks, epidemiology, public health surveillance, randomized controlled trial, Anthrax, Cell Phone, Disease Notification, Disease Outbreaks, Dracunculiasis, Epidemiological Monitoring, Health Facilities, Humans, Inservice Training, Kenya, Measles, Q Fever, Text Messaging, Workforce