To develop a classification model for accurately discriminating common infectious diseases in Zhejiang province, China.Symptoms and signs, abnormal lab test results, epidemiological features, as well as the incidence rates were treated as predictors, and were collected from the published literature and a national surveillance system of infectious disease. A classification model was established using naïve Bayesian classifier. Dataset from historical outbreaks was applied for model validation, while sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) and M-index were presented.A total of 146 predictors were included in the classification model, for discriminating 25 common infectious diseases. The sensitivity ranged from 44.44% for hepatitis E to 96.67% for measles. The specificity varied from 96.36% for dengue fever to 100% for 5 diseases. The median of total accuracy was 97.41% (range: 93.85%-99.04%). The AUCs exceeded 0.98 in 11 of 12 diseases, except in dengue fever (0.613). The M-index was 0.960 (95%CI 0.941-0.978).A novel classification model was constructed based on Bayesian approach to discriminate common infectious diseases in Zhejiang province, China. After entering symptoms and signs, abnormal lab test results, epidemiological features and city of disease origin, an output list of possible diseases ranked according to the calculated probabilities can be provided. The discrimination performance was reasonably good, making it useful in epidemiological applications.
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