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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Pandemic influenza control in Europe and the constraints resulting from incoherent public health laws

A study published on Bio Med Central - Public Health, excerpt, go to the link for the methods, results and conclusion of the study :

" Background

With the emergence of influenza H1N1v the world is facing its first 21st century global pandemic. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and avian influenza H5N1 prompted development of pandemic preparedness plans. National systems of public health law are essential for public health stewardship and for the implementation of public health policy[1]. International coherence will contribute to effective regional and global responses.

However little research has been undertaken on the how law works as a tool for disease control in Europe. With co-funding from the European Union, we investigated the extent to which laws across Europe support or constrain pandemic preparedness planning, and whether national differences are likely to constrain control efforts."

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