Leveraging Public Information about Pathogens for Disease Outbreak Investigations

March 2013
Topics: Disease Transmission, Genetics
Wenling Chang, The MITRE Corporation
Tonia Korves, The MITRE Corporation
Matthew Peterson, The MITRE Corporation
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With recent technological advances in DNA sequencing and access to information via internet databases, the amount of information about pathogen strains in the public domain is growing rapidly. This information can be leveraged to help identify the origins of pathogens that cause disease outbreaks. This report describes potential uses for public data in outbreak investigations, key data types, the formats and locations of pathogen data in public sources, and tools MITRE is designing for assembling and integrating information during disease outbreak investigations.

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