Diarrhoeal diseases often lead to outbreaks of infection such norovirus, one of the costliest infections to the NHS. Rapid detection is key to bringing these diseases under control and limiting their health and financial impact.

Surveillance is the key to detection however outbreaks are increasingly tricky to detect using traditional methods. Current microbiological methods only identify the cause of infection in about half of cases, and it can be several days until results are available. Also the causes of diarrhoeal disease can pass between humans and animals, but surveillance systems for these two groups are poorly integrated.

 

The aim of this study is to modernise the approach to surveillance and clinical diagnosis by incorporating cutting edge research techniques.

Information sheets for Study Participants and GP surgeries can be found on the Information Page

The Integrate project is a collaborative programme of research taking place in the UK, led by the University of Liverpool.

This research is funded by the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust through the Health Innovation Challenge Fund.