1.5. Why is surveillance important?

Surveillance facilitates ‘making good decisions with limited data’. Surveillance provides an understanding of the timing and distribution of a specific disease, so that practical steps for intervention are taken to reduce impacts and achieve the desired disease management goals, such as control or elimination of rabies. The disease incidence (see section 1.6.), as derived from surveillance, is the ultimate parameter for the success of any control, elimination or eradication program.

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