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Keeping the flu at bay: Methods for detecting and containing infectious disease

Atresha Karra, JD, Emily Cornette, JD

Abstract


This article focuses on the existing methods for tracking and restricting the spread of communicable diseases, both within United States borders and across nations. It will first describe the roles played by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and will then explore how communicable diseases across the world are identified and monitored. This will be followed by a discussion of US and world reporting requirements and methods. Finally, the article will discuss the tactics used by the United States to control the spread of disease.

Keywords


quarantine; communicable disease; disease detection; travel bans; H1N1

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/jem.2009.0025

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