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LAW, PROSPECTIVE. One which provides for, and regulates the future acts of men, and does not interfere in any way with what has past.

PROSPECTIVE. That which is applicable to the future; it is used in opposition to retrospective. To be just, a law ought always to be prospective. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 116.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Continued active, prospective surveillance is needed to better understand trends in EV-D68 circulation.
A nationwide prospective surveillance study in Israel to document paediatric invasive infections, with an emphasis on Haemophilus influenzae type b infections.
During the 1992-93 season, prospective surveillance was in place from November 18 through April 16.
signals during 365 d of prospective surveillance ([dagger]) Annual no.
Typhi isolates were collected during the period 2003-2005 from a prospective surveillance for typhoid fever in two urban slums in eastern Kolkata (9).
Prospective surveillance of streptococcal sore throat in a tropical country.
A prospective surveillance study of 2,184 patients hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia in 11 Asian countries in 2008-2009 found that high-level penicillin resistance was rare, that resistance to erythromycin was highly prevalent (72.7%), and that MDR was observed for 59.3% of S.
Prospective surveillance will show whether HEV4 becomes established within Denmark.
Being under a month old, living with children under 5 years old, and being born during peak respiratory syncytial virus season all increase the likelihood that young children will be hospitalized with the infection, according to a 5-year, prospective surveillance study of children up to 2 years.
Hospitals that serve this community and similar communities are being contacted, and retrospective and prospective surveillance is identifying patients whose diagnoses indicate conditions that are clinically consistent with poliovirus infection, including acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), Guillain-Barrd Syndrome (GBS), transverse myelitis, and viral or aseptic meningitis.
Three approaches were used to recruit persons with suspected cases of serogroup W135: enhanced prospective surveillance in Bansang Hospital and Basse Health Centre, retrospective case identification from hospital records, and visits to households with confirmed case-patients serogroup W135 to identify other suspected cases.
They also performed a separate prospective surveillance study of all new admissions to the NICU from July to November 2005.

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