Electronic Community Event-based Surveillance Systems for Rapid Response to Infectious Disease

Fact Sheet

Community participation is critical to detecting unusual health events before they develop into public health crises. Through MSH’s electronic Community EventBased Surveillance (eCEBS) system, communities are engaged in identifying and stopping outbreaks at their source, which can lessen the impact on the community and decrease negative health outcomes. eCEBS can be adapted to operate within existing national information systems, putting community-level data at the fingertips of national authorities and shortening response time in the event of an outbreak. During a public health event, this infrastructure can be an essential component in the coordination of a public health response.