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20 Apr 2006 description

Foreword

In the past few years, the countries and areas of the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization and the East Asia and Pacific Region of the United Nations Children’s Fund have experienced numerous communicable disease outbreaks.
These public health emergencies have received worldwide attention, putting these outbreaks at the centre of debate among scientists and health professionals as well as decision-makers in the political and economic arenas. News about these epidemics pours into homes through local and international media.