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Mortality surveillance

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Another type of surveillance is often done for deaths. This is discussed in much more detail elsewhere (see section called Mortality - Data sources)

In most countries, the health authorities require that each death in the population be reported or registered. These reports are then periodically counted up to calculate a death rate. Death registration systems are universal, albeit of widely differing quality and completeness.

Why is death a common condition under surveillance? (Click here for an answer.)