New R packages for analysing infectious disease surveillance data

08 January 2019

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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has launched two R packages for analysing infectious disease surveillance data. The tools can support public health experts in creating epidemiological reports or detecting outbreaks.

  • The EpiSignalDetection tool will help to detect possible outbreaks. Statistical methods are applied to routine surveillance data to identify any changes in disease incidence. This can allow for an early detection and investigation of possible outbreaks.
  • The EpiReport tool enables public health experts to draft epidemiological reports for a given disease, based on surveillance data. Outputs similar to those of the ECDC annual epidemiological report, such as tables of cases distribution, trend and seasonality plots, can be created.

The R packages, which can be downloaded free of charge, are available on the ECDC website.