Construction of epidemic curves can refine information about the possible source(s) of the outbreak, enabling development of hypothesises for further environmental and analytical investigation:

These include:

  • Refining the estimate of the point in time of occurrence of a focal point source
  • Identifying multiple possible sources of exposure
  • Distinguishing primary and secondary cases
  • Unmasking outbreak source through epidemic curve segmentation
  • (there could be other examples/topics here)