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Korean Journal of Epidemiology 2006;28(1): 85-91.
International Cooperation in the Control and Prevention of Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases.
Hae Kwan Cheong
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, SungkyunkwanUniversity School of Medicine, Korea. hkcheong@skku.edu
Abstract
This paper discusses the recent increase in the incidence of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases and the role of international cooperation in coping with such public health threats. The historical background and its evolution are reviewed and the need, advantages, and possible areas of international cooperation are presented. A current example and model of international cooperation at various levels is described. Finally, two of the main issues in the process of international cooperation are discussed: the ethical aspect of scientific communication and national interest, and intellectual property issues.
Keywords: Emerging and reemerging infectious disease; Prevention and control; International cooperation


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