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Health assembly adopts new regulations for tackling emergencies

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1230
  1. Paul Ress
  1. Geneva

    New regulations for managing public health emergencies of international concern, such as outbreaks of avian flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), polio, and Marburg haemorrhagic fever, were unanimously agreed this week by the World Health Assembly.

    These new rules replace the current regulations, which were adopted in 1969 and which are out of date. The old regulations were designed to combat six infectious diseases: cholera, smallpox, yellow fever, typhus, plague, and relapsing fever. The new regulations cover a much larger number of dangerous diseases including …

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