Early Detection of Tuberculosis Outbreaks among the San Francisco Homeless: Trade-Offs Between Spatial Resolution and Temporal Scale

@article{Higgs2007EarlyDO,
  title={Early Detection of Tuberculosis Outbreaks among the San Francisco Homeless: Trade-Offs Between Spatial Resolution and Temporal Scale},
  author={Brandon W Higgs and M. Mohtashemi and Jennifer A Grinsdale and L Masae Kawamura},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2007},
  volume={2},
  pages={S233 - 242}
}
BACKGROUND San Francisco has the highest rate of tuberculosis (TB) in the U.S. with recurrent outbreaks among the homeless and marginally housed. It has been shown for syndromic data that when exact geographic coordinates of individual patients are used as the spatial base for outbreak detection, higher detection rates and accuracy are achieved compared to when data are aggregated into administrative regions such as zip codes and census tracts. We examine the effect of varying the spatial… CONTINUE READING

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