Communicable Disease Control in Emergencies: A Field Manual

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Communicable Disease Control in Emergencies: A Field Manual World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Press, 2005; 295 pp., US$36

The book Communicable Disease Control in Emergencies is a field manual published for health care and public health professionals working in complex emergency and disaster situations. The purpose of the manual is to provide the tools needed to detect, prevent and control the transmission of major communicable diseases in the affected populations.

The book is divided into 5 chapters. chapter 1 (Rapid assessment) focuses on the criteria needed to develop a team to manage communicable diseases, and identifies the criteria for assessing, analyzing and coordinating the situation. Chapter 2 (prevention) identifies the interventions that should be implemented to prevent communicable diseases from occurring. This chapter emphasizes primary prevention of communicable disease. Chapter 3 (surveillance) identifies the key steps in setting up and running a surveillance program in an emergency or natural disaster. The objective is to monitor and detect communicable diseases early. Chapter 4 (Outbreak control) provides a step-by-step outline of the key outbreak control activities that must occur during an emergency. The objective here is intervention before the outbreak spreads. The final chapter (Disease prevention and control) identifies specific control measures that are recommended for the management of different diseases commonly associated with emergencies and disasters (i. …