Asia: Ground Zero for the Next Pandemic?

Kern, Soeren and Sandell, Richard (2006) Asia: Ground Zero for the Next Pandemic? Elcano Newsletter (24). 14 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

The world has experienced three cases of pandemic influenza over the past century, all of which are thought to have originated in East Asia. More recently there has been a serious outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in South-East Asia. Because of very consistent action, the SARS outbreak was contained before it reached a pandemic scale but, nevertheless, it managed to affect people in countries across the globe in a matter of weeks. Now, only a couple of years after the SARS scare, the WHO has issued a new pandemic alert. This time the threat is known as avian influenza. Hence, it is fair to say that East Asia, and particularly South-East Asia, is a breeding ground for new types of severe human illness. This paper assesses the potential threat of pandemic influenza and the measures adopted for its prevention. We conclude by pointing out that even if avian influenza does not cause a human influenza pandemic, it is probably time to invest more resources in Asian (and African) countries if our aim is to prevent such pandemics from emerging in the future.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio disponible sólo en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asia Pacífico / Población y Migraciones Internacionales
Subjects: BIOLOGY; FOOD; HEALTH > MEDICINE; DISEASES > INFECTIOUS DISEASES.
BIOLOGY; FOOD; HEALTH > MEDICINE; DISEASES > RESPIRATORY DISEASES.
BIOLOGY; FOOD; HEALTH > MEDICINE; DISEASES > EPIDEMICS.
BIOLOGY; FOOD; HEALTH > MEDICINE; DISEASES > DISEASE CONTROL.
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2012 14:54
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/1118

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