Letter to the Editor: Pathogens detected from patients with acute respiratory infections negative for SARS-CoV-2, Saitama, Japan, 2020

Authors

  • Yuzo Arima Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Yuuki Tsuchihashi Center for Field Epidemic Intelligence, Research and Professional Development, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Osamu Takahara Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Reiko Shimbashi Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Takeshi Arashiro Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan; Department of Pathology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Ayu Kasamatsu Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Yusuke Kobayashi Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan; Center for Field Epidemic Intelligence, Research and Professional Development, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Katsuhiro Komase Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Takuri Takahashi Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Kanako Otani Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Fangyu Yan Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Taro Kamigaki Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan
  • Kiyosu Taniguchi National Hospital Organization Mie National Hospital, Mie, Japan
  • Motoi Suzuki Center for Surveillance, Immunization, and Epidemiologic Research, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5365/wpsar.2024.15.1.1135

Keywords:

surveillance, bias, descriptive epidemiology, respiratory tract infections

Abstract

Utilizing data presented in the article by Miyashita et al., we illustrate the importance of testing data when assessing surveillance data. Accounting for the number of tests (denominator) and positivity (proportion of tests positive for a specific pathogen(s)) improves data interpretation in ways not possible from numerator case data alone.

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23-02-2024

How to Cite

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Arima Y, Tsuchihashi Y, Takahara O, Shimbashi R, Arashiro T, Kasamatsu A, Kobayashi Y, Komase K, Takahashi T, Otani K, Yan F, Kamigaki T, Taniguchi K, Suzuki M. Letter to the Editor: Pathogens detected from patients with acute respiratory infections negative for SARS-CoV-2, Saitama, Japan, 2020. Western Pac Surveill Response J [Internet]. 2024 Feb. 23 [cited 2024 Apr. 20];15(1):2. Available from: https://ojs.wpro.who.int/ojs/index.php/wpsar/article/view/1135

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