Spotlight on November issue of Transactions

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Friday, 23 October 2015

The November issue of Transactions is now available online and includes three freely available papers:

An Editorial by Maureen Miller on integrating behavioural surveillance into emerging disease prevention and in particular how the targeted and sparing use of behavioural surveillance has the potential to contribute significantly to pandemic prevention activities.

An Editor's Choice original article by Marieke Heijnen and colleagues entitled Neighbour-shared versus communal latrines in urban slums: a cross-sectional study in Orissa, India exploring household demographics, accessibility, privacy, use and cleanliness. Previous research has shown that there may be an increased risk of adverse health outcomes associated with shared sanitation. However, this increased risk may not be inherent in shared sanitation, but may instead be a result of other factors such as demographic status of the users or maintenance levels of the sanitation facilities. The authors have sought to explore whether these demographic differences were present in a population of slum dwellers in India, and to investigate any differences in facilities and maintenance of facilities used by a small group of neighbours versus facilities for the whole community.

An Open Access original article by Maïna L'Azou and colleagues on dengue: etiology of acute febrile illness in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, in 2011–2012. In the absence of an existing national surveillance system for Dengue, the incidence of this infection in Cote d'Ivoire is not known. This prospective study attempts to estimate the proportion of cases attributable to dengue amongst febrile patients in Abidjan.

What else is in this issue?

In addition to a commentary on the role of migratory birds in the emergence of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and a review paper on typhoid transmission: a historical perspective on mathematical model development, there are five more original articles on lymphatic filariasis, leptospirosis, HIV and more.

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