Geospatial (s)tools: integration of advanced epidemiological sampling and novel diagnostics

Cringoli, Giuseppe and Rinaldi, Laura and Albonico, Marco and Bergquist, Robert and Utzinger, Jürg (2013) Geospatial (s)tools: integration of advanced epidemiological sampling and novel diagnostics. Geospatial Health, 7 (2). pp. 399-404. ISSN 1970-7096

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Large-scale control and progressive elimination of a wide variety of parasitic diseases is moving to the fore. Indeed, there is good pace and broad political commitment. Yet, there are some worrying signs ahead, particularly the anticipated declines in funding and coverage of key interventions, and the paucity of novel tools and strategies. Further and intensified research and development is thus urgently required. We discuss advances in epidemiological sampling, diagnostic tools and geospatial methodologies. We emphasise the need for integrating sound epidemiological designs (e.g. cluster-randomised sampling) with innovative diagnostic tools and strategies (e.g. Mini-FLOTAC for detection of parasitic elements and pooling of biological samples) and high-resolution geospatial tools. Recognising these challenges, standardisation of quality procedures, and innovating, validating and applying new tools and strategies will foster and sustain long-term control and eventual elimination of human and veterinary public health issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diagnosis, disease control and elimination, epidemiology, geospatial tools, Mini-FLOTAC, parasitology, surveillance
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 614 Medicina legale; incidenza delle malattie; Medicina preventiva pubblica
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2014 15:04
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2014 15:04

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