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Field Epidemiology$
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Michael Gregg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313802.001.0001

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Legal Considerations in Surveillance and Field Epidemiology

Legal Considerations in Surveillance and Field Epidemiology

Field Epidemiology

Verla S. Neslund

Richard A. Goodman

James L. Hadler

James G. Hodge, Jr.

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the legal issues relating to public health surveillance and field epidemiology. It discusses the general legal authorities for surveillance and public health investigations provided by the U.S. Constitution and by state laws; outbreak investigations and disease control in the United States; and legal issues related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of surveillance data. It also presents information about new surveillance challenges beyond traditional infectious disease models, including the influence of bioterrorism preparedness on surveillance activities.

Keywords:   field investigation, public health surveillance, outbreak investigations, disease control

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