Rumor surveillance and avian influenza H5N1

Gina Samaan, Mahomed Patel, Babatunde Olowokure, Maria C. Roces, Hitoshi Oshitani, Richard Brown, Maria Roces, Elizabeth Miranda, Peter Cordingley, Karen Shaw, Masahiro Ueno, Kumi Ueno, Lance Jennings, Akira Suzuki, Reiko Sato, Kevin Carroll, Clara Witt

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We describe the enhanced rumor surveillance during the avian influenza H5N1 outbreak in 2004. The World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Office identified 40 rumors; 9 were verified to be true. Rumor surveillance informed immediate public health action and prevented unnecessary and costly responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-466
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar


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