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International infectious disease surveillance during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012: process and outcomes

Jones, J., Lawrence, J., Payne Hallstrom, L., Mantero, J., Kirkbride, H., Walsh, A., Jermacane, D., Simons, H., Hansford, K.M., Bennett, E., Catchpole, M. and on behalf of the international team, . (2013) 'International infectious disease surveillance during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012: process and outcomes'. Eurosurveillance, Vol 18, Issue 32, p. 20554.

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Surveillance for possible international infectious disease threats to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, United Kingdom, was conducted from 2 July to 12 September 2012 by a collaborative team comprising representatives from the Health Protection Agency (Public Health England since April 2013), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the National Travel Health Network and Centre. Team members enhanced their usual international surveillance activities and undertook joint risk assessments of incidents identified as relevant through an agreed set of criteria designed for the Games and using tools developed for this purpose. Although team members responded to a range of international disease incidents as part of their routine roles during this period, no incident was identified that represented a threat to the Games. Six incidents were highlighted by the team that were likely to attract media attention and hence could generate political and public concern. Responding to such concern is an important aspect of the overall public health management of mass gathering events. The lessons learned about the process and outcomes of the enhanced international surveillance will help inform planning by future hosts of similar events.

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Additional Information: International team ECDC: Lara Payne Hallström, Jas Mantero, Assimoula Economopoulou, Pasi Penttinen, Angus Nicoll, Edit Szegedi, Sergio Brusin, Bertrand Sudre, Niklas Danielsson, Gianfranco Spiteri, Niels Kleinkauf, Erika Duffell, Edoardo Colzani, Gayle Dolan (UK public health trainee seconded to ECDC), Gavin Dabrera (UK public health trainee seconded to ECDC), Jillian Johnston (UK public health trainee seconded to ECDC), Philip Veal (UK public health trainee seconded to ECDC), Pete Kinross (EPIET fellow); HPA, Health Protection Services, Colindale: Jane Jones, Joanne Lawrence, Karen Wagner, Edgar Wellington, Katie Geary, Hilary Kirkbride, Amanda Walsh, Bengü Said, Dilys Morgan, Catherine O’Connor, Katherine Henderson, Ruth Ruggles; HPA, Microbial Risk Assessment & Behavioural Science, Emergency Response Department, Health Protection Services, Porton Down: Kayleigh Hansford, Emma Bennett, Maaike Pietzsch; National Travel Health Network and Centre: Daiga Jermacane, Hilary Simons, Claire Wong, Lisa Ford, Dipti Patel, Vanessa Field.
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 105 Epidemiology
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 108 Preventive health services. Preventive medicine. Travel Medicine.
WA Public Health > Statistics. Surveys > WA 900 Public health statistics
WA Public Health > Statistics. Surveys > WA 950 Theory or methods of medical statistics. Epidemiologic methods
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 12:19
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:09


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