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International Health Regulations in practice: Focus on yellow fever and poliomyelitis [Commentary].

Simons, Hilary and Patel, D (2016) 'International Health Regulations in practice: Focus on yellow fever and poliomyelitis [Commentary].'. Human vaccines & immunotherapeutics, Vol 12, Issue 10, pp. 2690-2693.

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The spread of infectious disease represents a global threat and therefore remains a priority on the international public health agenda. The International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) came into effect in June 2007 and provide a legal framework to which the 196 member states of the World Health Assembly agree to abide. (1) These regulations include implementation of protective, control and response measures at points of entry to a country (i.e. land borders, sea and airports), and of notification measures, all of which aim to prevent or limit the spread of disease whilst minimising disruption to international trade. The World Health Organization can apply and enforce IHR (2005) to any disease considered to pose a significant threat to international public health. This short paper focuses on two diseases; yellow fever and poliomyelitis, both of which have the potential to spread internationally. It will discuss the measures applied under IHR (2005) to minimise the threat, and explore the implications for both travellers and travel health advisors.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 530 International health administration
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Infectious Mononucleosis. Arbovirus Infections > WC 530 Yellow fever
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. Other Virus Diseases > WC 555 Poliomyelitis
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Jessica Jones
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:13


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