Increase of Scarlet fever in March 2017 in France: right or wrong signal?


Since 2004, the French syndromic surveillance system SurSaUD® coordinated by the French Public Health Agency (Sante publique France) daily collects morbidity data from two data sources: the emergency departments (ED) network Oscour® and the emergency general practitioners associations SOS Medecins. Almost 92% of the French ED attendances are recorded by the system. SOS Medecins network is a group of 62 associations of general practitioners, dispatched all over the territory. Sante publique France received data from 61 out of 62 associations. Both data sources collect medical diagnosis, using ICD10 codes in the ED network and specific medical thesaurus in SOS Medecins associations. These data are routinely analyzed to detect and follow-up various expected or unusual public health events all over the territory. The system is also used for reassurance of decision makers. In that framework, in March 2017, the French Ministry of Health requested Sante publique France to validate a potential scarlet fever outbreak in France.


Describe a case study of validation of a scarlet fever outbreak using syndromic surveillance data sources.

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January 25, 2018

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