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Global infectious disease policy. (Conference Summary).

At the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases The ICEID or International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases is a conference for public health professionals on the subject of emerging infectious diseases.  2002, held in Atlanta, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agency of the U.S. Public Health Service since 1973, with headquarters in Atlanta; it was established in 1946 as the Communicable Disease Center.  (CDC See Control Data, century date change and Back Orifice.

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) released a document entitled, "Protecting the Nation's Health in an Era of Globalization globalization

Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation
: CDC's Global Infectious Disease Infectious disease

A pathological condition spread among biological species. Infectious diseases, although varied in their effects, are always associated with viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, multicellular parasites and aberrant proteins known as prions.
 Strategy," which describes plans for controlling infectious diseases worldwide. The document outlines global partnerships and measures for improving capacity for disease surveillance and outbreak response and for applying proven public health tools to the control of emerging infectious diseases over the next decade. In addition, the document calls for strengthening global initiatives for disease control, conducting applied research on diseases of international importance, and building public health training and capacity worldwide.

International Emerging Infections Programs in various parts of the world will support the activities outlined in the global strategy document. The International Emerging Infections Program (IEIP), Thailand, is the first site in the network of IEIPs proposed in the plan. Through the IEIP network, modeled after the U.S. Emerging Infections Program, specialists will work with local ministries of health to support laboratory-enhanced, population-based surveillance for infectious diseases. Data from this surveillance will allow ministries of health to prioritize diseases, evaluate targeted interventions, and support global efforts to prevent and control disease. IEIPs will train local scientists and CDC personnel, provide diagnostic and epidemiologic resources when outbreaks occur, and serve as platforms for regional infectious disease control activities.

In December 2001, IEIP Thailand and the Southeast Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organization hosted a training course on anthrax, attended by 64 participants from 16 countries. In 2002, IEIP Thailand initiated an investigation of an increase in reported leptospirosis leptospirosis (lĕp'təspīrō`sĭs), febrile disease caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospirae. The disease occurs in dogs, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and horses and is transmissible to humans.  cases through a study of hospitalized patients with febrile febrile /feb·rile/ (feb´ril) pertaining to or characterized by fever.

Of, relating to, or characterized by fever; feverish.
 illness. IEIP Thailand is planning studies of respiratory illness and encephalitis encephalitis (ĕnsĕf'əlī`təs), general term used to describe a diffuse inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, usually of viral origin, often transmitted by mosquitoes, in contrast to a bacterial infection of the meninges  later this year; a second IEIP site will be launched soon.

The Global Infectious Disease Strategy document is available at Supplementary materials are available at For a print copy of the strategy, send a request by e-mail to; or by fax to 404-639-4194; or contact NCID, Office of Health Communications, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop C14, Atlanta, GA 30333 USA.
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Author:Mintz, Eric D.
Publication:Emerging Infectious Diseases
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:00WOR
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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