Journal article

Pilot surveillance for childhood encephalitis in Australia using the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network

PN Britton, RC Dale, E Elliott, M Festa, K Macartney, R Booy, CA Jones

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

We aimed to assess the performance of active surveillance for hospitalized childhood encephalitis in New South Wales (NSW) using the Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS) network to inform methodology for the nationwide Australian childhood encephalitis (ACE) study. We piloted active surveillance for suspected encephalitis from May to December 2013 at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW. Cases were ascertained using four screening methods: weekday nurse screening of admission records (PAEDS), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) microscopy records, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reports, and pharmacy dispensing records. Comprehensive clinical data were prospectively col..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Department of Health (Surveillance branch)


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Critical Infections


Awarded by NHMRC post-graduate scholarship


Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The ACE study is funded by grants from the Australian Department of Health (Surveillance branch, DoHA3931213), and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Critical Infections (1 001 021); both to C.A.J. and R.B.P.N.B. is supported by a NHMRC post-graduate scholarship (1 074 547), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) NHMRC Award for Excellence, and Norah Therese-Hayes/Sydney Medical School Dean's paediatric infectious diseases fellowship. E.E. is supported by a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (1 021 480). R.D. is supported by a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (1 059 157).