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Use of ambulance dispatch calls for surveillance of severe acute respiratory infections.

Monge, S., Duijster, J., Kommer, G.J., Kassteele, J. van de, Donker, G.A., Krafft, T., Engelen, P., Valk, J.P., Waard, J. de, Nooij, J. de, Hoek, W. van der, Asten, L. van. Use of ambulance dispatch calls for surveillance of severe acute respiratory infections. Emerging Infectious Diseases: 2020, 26(1), 148-150
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Ambulance dispatches for respiratory syndromes reflect incidence of influenza-like illness in primary care. Associations are highest in children (15%–34% of respiratory calls attributable to influenza), out-of-office hours (9%), and highest urgency-level calls (9%–11%). Ambulance dispatches might be an additional source of data for severe influenza surveillance.