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close this bookPublic Health Action in Emergencies Caused by Epidemics (WHO; 1986; 285 pages)
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the document1. Introduction
open this folder and view contents2. Explanation of terms and general lines of action
open this folder and view contents3. Organization of an emergency health service
open this folder and view contents4. Procedures for epidemiological investigations
open this folder and view contents5. Analysis of investigation data
open this folder and view contents6. General measures for the control of outbreaks
open this folder and view contents7. Follow-up of control measures
View the documentANNEX 1 - Explanation of epidemiological terms1
View the documentANNEX 2 - Procedures for assembling epidemiological data and formulating and testing hypotheses of causation
View the documentANNEX 3 - Diseases that may cause epidemics1
View the documentANNEX 4 - Standard precautions, isolation and medical evacuation for diseases with person-to-person transmission
View the documentANNEX 5 - Collection and shipment of laboratory specimens
View the documentANNEX 6 - Identification of arthropod and rodent vectors of communicable diseases and use of insecticides and rodenticides
View the documentANNEX 7 - Decontamination procedures
View the documentANNEX 8 - Informal Consultation on Strategies for the Control of Emergencies Caused by Epidemics of Communicable Disease, 9-13 November 1981
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Public Health Action in Emergencies Caused by Epidemics

Prepared by
P. Brès
Formerly Chief. Virus Diseases,
World Health Organization,
Geneva, Switzerland

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations with primary responsibility for international health matters and public health. Through this organization, which was created in 1948, the health professions of some 165 countries exchange their knowledge and experience with the aim of making possible the attainment by all citizens of the world by the year 2000 of a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life.

By means of direct technical cooperation with its Member States, and by stimulating such cooperation among them, WHO promotes the development of comprehensive health services, the prevention and control of diseases, the improvement of environmental conditions, the development of health manpower, the coordination and development of biomedical and health services research, and the planning and implementation of health programmes.

These broad fields of endeavour encompass a wide variety of activities, such as developing systems of primary health care that reach the whole population of Member countries; promoting the health of mothers and children; combating malnutrition; controlling malaria and other communicable diseases including tuberculosis and leprosy; having achieved the eradication of smallpox, promoting mass immunization against a number of other preventable diseases; improving mental health; providing safe water supplies; and training health personnel of all categories.

Progress towards better health throughout the world also demands international cooperation in such matters as establishing international standards for biological substances, pesticides and pharmaceuticals; formulating environmental health criteria; recommending international nonproprietary names for drugs; administering the International Health Regulations; revising the International Classification of Diseases, Injuries, and Causes of Death; and collecting and disseminating health statistical information.

Further information on many aspects of WHO’S work is presented in the Organization’s publications.

Cover design: adapted from a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

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