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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.


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