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Pittsburgh Unlocks Trove of Public Health Data to Help Fight Deadly Contagious Diseases

In an unprecedented windfall for public access to health data, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers have collected and digitized all weekly surveillance reports for reportable diseases in the United States going back more than 125 years. The easily searchable database, described in the November 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, is free and publicly available. Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the project’s goal is to aid scientists and public health officials in the eradication of deadly and devastating diseases.