Introduction

In Study Sessions 40 and 41 you learned that one use of surveillance is to find out if there is an unusual increase in cases of any communicable diseases in your community, which could signal the start of an outbreak or epidemic. In this final study session, you will learn more about the different kinds of epidemics and how to investigate and manage them. A better understanding of epidemics will help you to detect an outbreak or epidemic of a communicable disease and report it immediately to the Health Centre and/or District Health Office. You are also expected to help the District Health Team in the control of any epidemics in your catchment area.

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