Trish M. Perl, MD, MSc; Connie Savor Price, MD
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Dr. Price: Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Denver Health and Hospital, MC-4000, Denver, CO 80204.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: T.M. Perl, C.S. Price.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: T.M. Perl, C.S. Price.
Drafting of the article: T.M. Perl, C.S. Price.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: T.M. Perl, C.S. Price.
Final approval of the article: T.M. Perl, C.S. Price.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: T.M. Perl, C.S. Price.
Collection and assembly of data: T.M. Perl, C.S. Price.
Carlos Polanco, Ph.D. (*,a) Jorge Alberto Castañón González, M.D. (b)
(a) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México. (b) Hospital Juárez de México, México City, México.
July 2, 2015
Automated surveillance of crowded places
July 30, 2015
To the Editor:
Automated surveillance of crowded places.
We have read the sound and timely Perl and Price's article, which highlights the very different international responses after the SARS-COV and the MERS-COV outbreaks in 2003 and 2013. They emphasize the need for increased coordination, data sharing and timely information analysis between countries to cope and control MERS in a similar way it was done with SARS and it is being done with the current Ebola virus disease epidemic (1).
In absence of sufficient epidemiological data about MERS, we must relay in early warning systems (2, 3) and the available technology we have at hand, like cell phones and thermal cameras.
The display of thermal cameras (TC) in high risk areas, coupled with a device to register the cell phone of those individuals with fever in crowded sites (4, 5), could help to identified symptomatic individuals, and their close contacts network. Of course Issues of confidentiality should be addressed with the population at risk before this technology is implemented.
Carlos Polanco, Ph.D. (*,a)
Jorge Alberto Castañón González, M.D. (b)
(a) Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México.
(b) Hospital Juárez de México, México City, México.
1. Perl, T.M. and Price, C.S. Orchestrated Scientific Collaboration: Critical to the Control of MERS-CoV. Ann Intern Med. 2015 DOI:10.7326/M15-1395.
2. Polanco, C. et al. Detection of severe respiratory disease epidemic outbreaks by CUSUM-based overcrowd-severe-respiratory-disease-index model. Comput Math Methods Med. 2013; 2013: 213206.
3. Tawfiq, A.L. et al. Surveillance for emerging respiratory viruses. Lancet Infect Dis. 2014 10; 992-1000. DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(14) 70840-0.
4. Polanco C. Comment to: Boggild, A.K. et al. Differential Diagnosis of Illness in Travelers Arriving From Sierra Leone, Liberia, or Guinea: A Cross-sectional Study From the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. Ann Intern Med. 2015 DOI:10.7326/M14-2002.
5. Polanco, C. Comment to: Azarian, T. et al. Impact of spatial dispersion, evolution, and selection on Ebola Zaire Virus epidemic waves. Scientific Reports 2015:10170 DOI:10.1038/srep10170.
Perl TM, Price CS. Orchestrated Scientific Collaboration: Critical to the Control of MERS-CoV. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:313–314. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/M15-1395
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