Prevention and Control
The epidemic and fatal nature of plague infection has stimulated enormous efforts by public health workers to seek effective control measures against this disease. Plague is today one of only four internationally quarantinable diseases, along with cholera, smallpox, and yellow fever. Although plague is relatively well controlled today, being restricted in human cases to less than 1000 per year in all countries except Vietnam and Burma, the disease has the potential for rapid expansion from the endemic foci that exist in many countries. Public health workers in all such countries, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), keep constant vigilance over the plague incidence in the world, ever fearful that new outbreaks will occur that will be difficult to control.
KeywordsLive Vaccine Pasteur Institute Yersinia Enterocolitica Yersinia Pestis Public Health Worker
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