Disease Containment: Surveillance Systems, Emergency Responses, and Transborder Regulations

  • Mark W. Zacher
  • Tania J. Keefe


The cliché that the world is becoming a smaller place has a particular resonance in the field of global health. Outbreaks of virulent diseases can occur anywhere at anytime, and given how interconnected the world is nowadays, a disease can spread around the globe in a matter of days. Therefore, it is imperative that outbreaks of infectious diseases are contained rapidly to prevent them from becoming global threats. To accomplish this feat, three things are necessary: sophisticated surveillance systems to discover outbreaks in a timely fashion; efficient emergency response programs for medical experts to contain disease outbreaks before they spread; and finally effective transborder regulations to prevent or slow the propagation of diseases. This chapter examines how all three of these strategies of disease containment have evolved and thus how they have helped to create a stronger coordinated global health regime.


World Health Organization Avian Influenza Disease Outbreak International Maritime Organization Rift Valley Fever 
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  • Mark W. Zacher
  • Tania J. Keefe

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