Certain disaster-related health impacts can be detected using general health indicators. This section of the toolkit presents the surveillance systems available in Québec that can be useful to conduct post-disaster surveillance.
However, it should be noted that the data in the surveillance systems can be collected more or less regularly. Access to certain surveillance systems can be more difficult and the geographical coverage insufficient for post-disaster surveillance needs. What is more, certain surveillance systems are less useful for post-disaster surveillance but can still be used to provide statistics on the pre-disaster situation. It is essential for each of the surveillance systems to properly identify their limitations before using them. Reliance on several surveillance systems and other data sources could provide a more comprehensive picture.
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