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New software to aid early detection of infectious disease outbreaks
Date:12/6/2007

nStat portable and easy to use, so field officers can enter, edit, and analyze data as an outbreak progresses," said Diane Wagener, Ph.D., a program manager at RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research organization in Research Triangle Park, N.C., which helped develop the user interface.

Ira Longini, Ph.D., a biostatistician at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington in Seattle, directed the research behind TranStat. He and his research team have used the underlying methods and software to determine that the H5N1 avian flu virus probably spread between members of an extended family in Indonesia in 2006. According to the results published in the September 2007 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the transmission was not sustained.

The faster we learn about emerging infectious diseases and their characteristics, the quicker we can contain and mitigate them, said Longini. TranStat will help us do this by standardizing data collection and analysis.

Future software enhancements that will allow field personnel to enter more refined data about the affected population and their social networks are under way.


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Contact: Emily Carlson
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