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Richard A. Goodman, Richard E. Hoffman, Wilfredo Lopez, Gene W. Matthews, Mark Rothstein, and Karen Foster

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301489.001.0001

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Frontline Public Health: Surveillance and Field Epidemiology

Frontline Public Health: Surveillance and Field Epidemiology

(p.222) Chapter 9 Frontline Public Health: Surveillance and Field Epidemiology
Law in Public Health Practice

Verla S. Neslund

Richard A. Goodman

James L. Hadler

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This chapter provides an overview of the legal issues relating to public health surveillance and field epidemiology. It discusses the general legal authorities for surveillance and public health investigations provided by the U.S. Constitution and by state laws; legal milestones in the evolution of public health surveillance, outbreak investigations, and disease control in the United States; and legal issues related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of surveillance data. The chapter also presents information about new surveillance challenges beyond traditional infectious disease models, including the influence of bioterrorism preparedness on surveillance activities.

Keywords:   public health law, public health surveillance, legal issues, disease control, outbreak investigations

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