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Move to improve disease-reporting efficiency

Germany wants to improve the way the government and other health authorities are informed about outbreaks of infectious diseases after the E. Coli disaster earlier this year, Nature has reported.

A meeting of nephrologists in Berlin on 9 and 10 September found that there was too much delay in notifying authorities about the spread of the outbreak. This was because under German law local agencies have over a week to report infectious disease outbreaks to state authorities, even though doctors must notify their local authority within 24 hours.

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