The Faces of 90.5 WESA
Wed December 11, 2013
Accessing 125 Years of Contagious Disease Research
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have collected and digitized all weekly surveillance reports for reportable diseases in the United States going back more than 125 years.
Dr. Burke, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health says the data has always been available, but not so easy to access.
“When we look at infectious disease data, we’re not just looking at the case counts, we’re looking for patterns. We’re trying to decide how the disease spreads. Can we predict when the epidemic will peak? Where will it go next? And by having this historical data, it lets us be much better at this modeling for decision support...Having the data allows you to have evidence, have a sensible approach, a science-based approach to disease control.”