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Measuring underreporting and under-ascertainment in infectious disease datasets: a comparison of methods

Cheryl L Gibbons1*, Marie-Josée J Mangen2, Dietrich Plass3, Arie H Havelaar45, Russell John Brooke2, Piotr Kramarz6, Karen L Peterson1, Anke L Stuurman47, Alessandro Cassini6, Eric M Fèvre89, Mirjam EE Kretzschmar24 and On behalf of the Burden of Communicable diseases in Europe (BCoDE) consortium

Author Affiliations

1 Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, Ashworth Laboratories, Kings Buildings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

2 Julius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands

3 Department of Public Health Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

4 Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, the Netherlands

5 Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands

6 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Stockholm, Sweden

7 Pallas, Health Research and Consultancy BV, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

8 International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya

9 Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

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BMC Public Health 2014, 14:147  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-147

Published: 11 February 2014

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