WHO advocates investment in global infrastructure for outbreaks such as smallpox

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7386.447 (Published 22 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:447
  1. Cathy E Roth, medical officer, global alert and response (rothc@who.int),
  2. Patrick Drury, project manager, global alert and response network, global alert and response,
  3. Roberta Andraghetti, medical officer, global alert and response,
  4. Ray R Arthur, project leader, viral haemorrhagic fevers, arbovirus and orthopoxvirus infections, global alert and response,
  5. Michael J Ryan, team coordinator, global alert and response,
  6. Guenael Rodier, director, department of communicable diseases surveillance and response
  1. Department of Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response, Communicable Diseases Cluster, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland

    EDITOR—In their editorial describing the interim smallpox guidelines for the United Kingdom Harling et al ask how countries lacking the public health infrastructure to respond to outbreaks and without vaccine supplies would be able to control an outbreak of smallpox.1

    Confronted with the threat of intentional release of biological agents, the World Health Organization advocates dual use investment in public health infrastructure to strengthen outbreak intelligence and verification, support the response to an …

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