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We conducted a randomized, controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a text-messaging system used for notification of disease outbreaks in Kenya. Health facilities that used the system had more timely notifications than those that did not (19.2% vs. 2.6%), indicating that technology can enhance disease surveillance in resource-limited settings.

Original publication

DOI

10.3201/eid2204.151459

Type

Journal article

Journal

Emerging infectious diseases

Publication Date

04/2016

Volume

22

Pages

711 - 715

Keywords

Humans, Q Fever, Anthrax, Measles, Dracunculiasis, Disease Notification, Disease Outbreaks, Inservice Training, Health Facilities, Kenya, Text Messaging, Epidemiological Monitoring, Cell Phones