Bite Case Tracker (BCT) tool

Bite Case Tracker (BCT) tool icon

Used by: Community Health Workers, Clinicians, and Outbreak response teams.

What is the BCT?

The Bite Case Tracker (BCT) is a tool that enables you to track and monitor animal (and snake) bites at a community level in real time. The tool quickly and easily captures a comprehensive set of data for each bite victim and immediately generates outputs that allows you to monitor where bite cases are occurring.

The BCT tool supplements existing health data reporting systems by collecting vital bite case data within communities.  

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Why should I use the BCT?

The BCT:

  • is a comprehensive bite-case tracking system.
  • is the ideal way to start human rabies surveillance in low-resource settings.
  • is easily integrated into new or existing community health programs.
  • allows you to aggregate bite case data from the community-level to the national-level

It will help you to:

  • Map the location of each bite at the community-level.
  • Identify high-risk areas for rabies based on bite data.
  • Gain valuable insight into the causes of bite cases at the community-level.
  • Allocate resources (personnel, vaccine, education materials) to at-risk communities.
  • Collect data that directly aligns with the WHO indicators required for international reporting.
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What data does the BCT capture?

  • Investigation date
  • Precise GPS coordinates
  • Biting species
  • Bite victim information: Age, sex
  • WHO wound category
  • Provocation status of bite
  • Vaccination status of biting animal

What are the outputs from the BCT?

  • Maps indicating where bite-cases occurred in the community.
  • Visual analyses of recorded bite case data.
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Is the BCT a patient management system or a tool intended to replace existing health information systems?

No, the BCT tool is not a patient management system and is thus not intended to replace any existing surveillance or health information systems. In fact, the intended use of the BCT tool is to supplement any existing health data reporting systems by collecting vital bite case data within communities – in so doing gathering vital information that is often not collected at all.

If you are interested in a patient management system that has been developed specifically for rabies post-exposure treatment, you can read up on GARC’s Rabies Treatment Tracker (RTT) tool

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See an example of the interactive map that you can have. Click on a dot to see specific data about the bite incident.

Click on each dot for more details about the bite incident. Red dots are mammal bite cases and green dots are snake bite cases.  

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