Underreporting and Reporting Delays

Authored by: Angela Noufaily

Handbook of Infectious Disease Data Analysis

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138626713
eBook ISBN: 9781315222912
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This chapter introduces key population concepts that describe qualitatively and quantitatively the evolution of acute infectious disease outbreaks and the current state of endemic scenarios, and variation in such across key population subgroups. Such concepts include the incidence proportion, attack rate, secondary attack rate, and the hazard function (or force of infection). We briefly note how these key quantities might be numerically estimable from population or sample data.

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