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  • "The main piece of this puzzle is a Case. Let's explore how SORMAS collects information about each case"

    5.Learn about Cases

    As we transition into the next section, you will learn how to navigate and use the SORMAS Case Directory effectively. A case of a disease, syndrome, or health condition is determined by a set of standard clinical, laboratory, and epidemiological criteria called case definitions.Cases are generally classified into three categories:

    ✔️Suspected case: a person that exhibits compatible clinical signs and/or symptoms of a given disease or syndrome, but without laboratory confirmation. 

    ✔️Probable case: a person that exhibits compatible clinical features and has an epidemiological link to a confirmed case of an outbreak, but without laboratory confirmation. 

    ✔️Confirmed case: a person that has a laboratory confirmation of disease or syndrome (at least one positive pathogen test for an infectious disease) with or without clinical symptoms or epidemiological link.


    SORMAS displays the list of cases in the system. It also has icons to permit users to perform operations such as creating a case, importing the list of cases, exporting cases from the system, and bulk editing of cases. It also displays filters, for viewing the case lists by desired variables. The detailed view displays the list of cases with more variables. The follow-up view displays cases under monitoring (follow-up) with information on the daily status of each case over the follow-up period.

    Understanding cases in SORMAS with its comprehensive insights will empower you to make informed decisions and effectively manage cases. You'll learn how to interact with the data, from basic navigation to performing advanced functions like using detailed filter options. This knowledge is not just about handling data—it’s about being part of the frontline defense against public health threats.

    As you proceed, remember that each piece of data you manage through SORMAS plays a significant role in shaping public health responses. This is your opportunity to master a tool that directly contributes to safeguarding communities and managing public health more efficiently. So, stay curious, stay engaged, and let’s delve into the intricacies of SORMAS with the goal of making a tangible impact in the world of public health.