The public health benefits of mobile phonesBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7310.447 (Published 25 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:447
- Debbie Lawlor, senior lecturer in epidemiology and public health
- University of Bristol
The bread and butter of public health on call is identifying contacts in the case of suspected meningococcal disease. On the whole this is straightforward but can occasionally cause difficulties. Most areas that I have worked in include several universities, and during October it is common to experience the problem of contact tracing in the student population.
There are two main problems. The first is how to define household contacts when the index patient lives in a hall of residence containing several hundred students. Finding the appropriate university protocol and not being too …