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close this bookWHO Recommended Surveillance Standards (WHO; 1999; 157 pages)
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentAcronyms
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentNational Coordination of Communicable Disease Surveillance
View the documentExplanatory notes
View the documentSurveillance activities: criteria and WHO Department
View the documentCommunicable disease contacts in Regional Offices
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View the documentAnnex 1 Software free and in the public domain
View the documentAnnex 2 Proposed surveillance definitions
View the documentAnnex 3 Role and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping for epidemiological surveillance

Annex 1 Software free and in the public domain


Epi Info is a series of microcomputer programs for word processing, data management and epidemiological analysis, designed for public health professionals. Epi Info is easy to use, and also offers programming languages for both data input and analysis so that permanent health information systems can be developed.

EPI INFO software contains:


• Epi Info: allows rapid set-up of new entry forms and data files, easily customized data entry, and many data management and analysis techniques.

• Epi Map: displays counts or rates on geographic maps supplied or drawn on the screen. Colours, shading dots, or noncontiguous cartograms can be used to show any type of numeric data related to map.

• DoEpi: a series of educational studies and computer exercises designed to teach both epidemiology and the use of Epi Info. An instructor's module is included.

• SSS1: provides functions for Box Jenkins Time Series analysis, "Fig. 1" MMWR graphs, robust trend analysis, and comparison of surveillance data from two sources.

WEBSITES: You can download the programs from the following Websites

CDC Epidemiologic Software (English)
URL (USA): http://www.cdc.gov/epo/epi/software.htm

WHO Homepage WHOSIS (English)
URL (Switzerland): http://www.who.int/whosis

Epi Info Manuals from Brixton Books UK (English)
URL (UK) http://mkn.co.uk/help/extra/people/Brixton Books

EpiConcept (French)
URL (France): http://www.epiconcept.fr/epiinfo.html

USD, Inc. (English)
URL (USA): http://www.usd-inc.com/phi.html

Epi Info Spanish Homepage (Spanish)
URL (Spain): http://www.cica.es/aliens/sveacsa/epiinfo.htm

Epi Info Brazilian Homepage (Portuguese)
URL (Brazil): http://www.lampada.uerj.br/epiinfo.htm

Epi Info Swedish Homepage (Swedish)
URL (Sweden): http://www.umu.se/socialmedicin/epi

Epi Info Norwegian Homepage (Norwegian)
URL (Norway): http://www.gruk.no/epi-info/download.htm

Epi Info German Homepage (German)
URL (Germany): http://www.shuttle.de/lga

Epi Info Usergroup BeNeLux (Dutch)
URL (The Netherlands): http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/Koomen.Em/epinl.html

CONTACT Epi Info hotline


Tel: (00) 1 404 639-0840
Fax: (00) 1 404 639-0841
e-mail: epiinfo@cdc.gov


Prophet offers advanced, easy-to-use software tools for data management and visualization, and statistical analysis, from simple descriptive statistics to multi-factor ANOVA, logistic regression, and non-linear modelling.


This software is designed to help the researcher determine if there is a statistically significant probability that a disease cluster occurred other than by chance.

Performs the major tasks in survey and census data processing: data entry, data editing, tabulation, data dissemination, statistical analysis and data capture control, all of which can be used as a complete processing system or as stand-alone modules.


Local and national uses of antimicrobial resistance data can be greatly enhanced by the use of specialized software (WHONET), available free of charge from:

WHO Headquarters: 20, Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland

Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response (CSR)


E-mail address: williamsr@who.ch /Surveillancekit@who.ch
Tel: (41) 22 7912679
Fax: (41) 22 791 4878


WHO has developed a simple software programme (SDRTB-2) based on EPI Info for entering and analysing data from surveys. It can produce summary tables with the prevalence of drug resistance for each drug, analysed from different perspectives. The software is available free of charge from:

WHO Headquarters: 20, Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland

Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR)


E-mail address: Surveillancekit@who.ch
Tel: (41) 22 791 2708
Fax: (41) 22 791 4878


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