Emerging Infectious Diseases
Volume 15, Issue 8
Communicable Diseases, Emerging--epidemiology; Disease Outbreaks--legislation & jurisprudence; Influenza, Human--epidemiology; Vaccines; Communicable Disease Control; Communicable Diseases; Global Health
Strong international health agreements and good planning created a structure and common procedure for nations involved in detection and evaluation of the emergence of influenza A (H1N1). This report describes a timeline of events that led to the determination of the epidemic as a public health emergency of international concern, following the agreed-upon procedures of the International Health Regulations. These events illustrate the need for sound international health agreements and should be a call to action for all nations to implement these agreements to the best of their abilities.
Katz, R. (2009). Use of revised International Health Regulations during influenza A (H1N1) epidemic, 2009. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 15(8), 1165-1170.