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A practical method to target individuals for outbreak detection and control

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medicine, February 2013
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (94th percentile)

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A practical method to target individuals for outbreak detection and control
Published in
BMC Medicine, February 2013
DOI 10.1186/1741-7015-11-36
Pubmed ID

Gerardo Chowell, Cécile Viboud


Identification of individuals or subpopulations that contribute the most to disease transmission is key to target surveillance and control efforts. In a recent study in BMC Medicine, Smieszek and Salathé introduced a novel method based on readily available information about spatial proximity in high schools, to help identify individuals at higher risk of infection and those more likely to be infected early in the outbreak. By combining simulation models for influenza transmission with high-resolution data on school contact patterns, the authors showed that their proximity method compares favorably to more sophisticated methods using detailed contact tracing information. The proximity method is simple and promising, but further research is warranted to confront this method against real influenza outbreak data, and to assess the generalizability of the approach to other important transmission units, such as work, households, and transportation systems.See related research article here http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/11/35.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Cameroon 1 3%
United States 1 3%
Taiwan 1 3%
Vietnam 1 3%
Unknown 27 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 11 35%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 16%
Student > Master 3 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 6%
Student > Bachelor 2 6%
Other 3 10%
Unknown 5 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 6 19%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 19%
Mathematics 2 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 6%
Other 7 23%
Unknown 6 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 21. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 February 2013.
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