Table 1

Characteristics of the proposed participating sites

Region

Population in 2007

Estimated ascertainment

Source of laboratory surveillance

Clinical and outcome data

Start of independent routine surveillance


Calgary Health Region, Canada

1.24 million

≥99%

Regional microbiology laboratory

Routinely available

2000


Canberra Region, Australia

380,000

≥95%

Two public and one private laboratories

Routinely available

1998


Finland

5.30 million

100%

National Infectious Disease Register

Possible though database linkage

1995


North Denmark Region, Denmark

580,000

100%

Regional microbiology laboratory

Routinely available

1981


Sherbrooke, Canada

152,000

≥99%

Regional microbiology laboratory

Routinely available

1999


Vancouver Island Health Authority, Canada

746,000

≥99%

Regional microbiology laboratory

Possible though database linkage

2008


Laupland et al. BMC Research Notes 2009 2:146   doi:10.1186/1756-0500-2-146

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