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Volume 2, Number 2—April 1996

Perspective

Globalization, International Law, and Emerging Infectious Diseases

David P. FidlerComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

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Some common elements of global emerging-disease control plans

Strengthen international surveillance networks to detect, control, and reduce emerging diseases.
Improve the international public health infrastructure (e.g., laboratories, research facilities, technology, and communications links.
Develop better international standards, guidelines, and recommendations.
Improve international capabilities to respond to disease outbreaks with adequate medical and scientific resources and expertise.
Strengthen international research efforts on emerging diseases, particularly with regards to antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases.
Focus attention and resources on training and supporting medical and scientific expertise.
Encourage national governments to improve their public health care systems, devote resources to eliminating or controlling causes of emerging diseases and coordinate their public health activities with WHO and the international community.

Sources: refs. 1, 14, 15, 19.

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