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Japan earthquake and nuclear events

WHO headquarters is working in close collaboration with the Japanese authorities, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and WPRO and its global network of experts, at the highest levels of the organizations after the earthquake and the nuclear events in Japan. Luckily there have thus far not been any risks for people living in other countries from radioactive material released into the atmosphere from the Japanese nuclear power plants. Radiation levels measured to date in other countries are far below the level of background radiation that most people are exposed to in normal, every day circumstances. The situation is monitored on a daily basis and the Japanese authorities, WHO and other partners involved in the response, continue to work closely together. Read updates and background information on the situation in Japan, here:

Vector surveillance at points of entry

An informal consultation meeting on vector surveillance at points of entry was held in Pingxiang, China from 28 February to 1 March 2011. The goal of the meeting was to initiate the development of a web-based global points of entry vector identification platform, as well as to develop an initial draft of WHO technical guidance for vector surveillance and control plans at points of entry. This aims at building a sustainable network for vector identification, remote-laboratory support, global database for vector entomology, morphology and ecology, information sharing, knowledge and skill delivering, etc. among States Parties. This work is a cooperation between the IHR Department, the Vector Ecology and Management unit of the Department of Control Neglected Tropical Diseases as well as the WHO regional offices and States Parties. The informal consultation was arranged with support from the Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

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Infectious Substances Shipping Training (ISST) – 2011 edition

The course on Infectious Substances Shipping Training addresses the classification, documentation, marking, labelling, packaging of infectious substances, and the preparation of shipments requiring the use of dry ice. The transport of infectious substances is strictly regulated, and training is required. This course contributes to improving compliance with applicable regulations ensuring protection of staff, the public and the environment. Compliance with applicable requirements also significantly increases access to courier and carrier services, and subsequent timely package delivery.

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