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Using data linkage to improve surveillance methods for acute hepatitis E infections in England and Wales 2010–2016

  • C. OESER (a1) (a2), B. SAID (a1), F. WARBURTON (a3), S. IJAZ (a4), R. TEDDER (a4) and D. MORGAN (a1)...

Summary

Indigenous, foodborne transmission of hepatitis E has been increasing across industrialised countries. Public Health England has conducted enhanced surveillance in England and Wales since 2003.This report gives an account of acute infections from 2010 to 2016 and describes modification made to the methods of surveillance to account for changes in reporting behaviours and improve ascertainment.

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Corresponding author

*Author for correspondence: C. Oeser, Emerging Infections and Zoonoses, National Infection Service, Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ, UK. (Email: Clarissa.oeser@phe.gov.uk)

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Using data linkage to improve surveillance methods for acute hepatitis E infections in England and Wales 2010–2016

  • C. OESER (a1) (a2), B. SAID (a1), F. WARBURTON (a3), S. IJAZ (a4), R. TEDDER (a4) and D. MORGAN (a1)...

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