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2007: a review of notable public health issues

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International Health Regulations

Global health security advanced in June when revised International Health Regulations came into effect. The regulations give countries clear and tested guidelines for reporting disease outbreaks and public health events to WHO, triggering response systems to isolate and contain threats. In the globalized world, viruses and bacteria can spread far and wide via international travel. A health crisis in one country can impact livelihoods and trade in another. Timely and open reporting of health dangers will help make the world more secure.

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