Surveillance of imported hospital requiring malaria in Portugal: can it be improved?

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Abstract

Although eradicated in Portugal, malaria keeps taking its toll on travellers and migrants from endemic countries. Completeness of hospital requiring malaria notification in Portugal 2000-11 was estimated, using two-source capture-recapture method. Data sources were: national surveillance database of notifiable diseases and the national database of the Diagnosis-Related Groups resulting from National Health Service (NHS) hospital episodes. The completeness of notification was 21,2% for all malaria cases and 26,5% for malaria deaths, indicating significant underreporting and urging for complementary data source in surveillance, for disease burden estimates and retrospective monitoring, namely hospital episodes statistics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-6
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Keywords

  • CAPTURE-RECAPTURE

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