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Disease surveillance and response: update on the Biological Weapons Convention

Disease surveillance and response: update on the Biological Weapons Convention
Disease surveillance and response: update on the Biological Weapons Convention
At a meeting in Geneva in December 2004, the member States of the Biological Weapons Convention discussed disease surveillance and response in the context of alleged use of biological weapons, disease outbreaks deemed ‘suspicious’ and naturally occurring outbreaks. The meeting itself had no mandate to direct States to undertake specific actions regarding these issues. However, the discussions indicated that the problem of biological weapons may be shifting away from the traditional arms control paradigm and towards broader notions of disease-based threats to national and international security. In an era of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, security analysts are beginning to recognise that strong public health surveillance and response mechanisms are vital defences during disease outbreaks, whether deliberately caused or of natural origin
1326-0200
484-486
Enemark, Christian
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Enemark, Christian
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Enemark, Christian (2005) Disease surveillance and response: update on the Biological Weapons Convention. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29 (5), 484-486. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.2005.tb00231.x).

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Abstract

At a meeting in Geneva in December 2004, the member States of the Biological Weapons Convention discussed disease surveillance and response in the context of alleged use of biological weapons, disease outbreaks deemed ‘suspicious’ and naturally occurring outbreaks. The meeting itself had no mandate to direct States to undertake specific actions regarding these issues. However, the discussions indicated that the problem of biological weapons may be shifting away from the traditional arms control paradigm and towards broader notions of disease-based threats to national and international security. In an era of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, security analysts are beginning to recognise that strong public health surveillance and response mechanisms are vital defences during disease outbreaks, whether deliberately caused or of natural origin

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Published date: October 2005
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 400240
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/400240
ISSN: 1326-0200
PURE UUID: ff530db6-c0d7-498b-8e23-5af46ebdc478
ORCID for Christian Enemark: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1833-0927

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Date deposited: 22 Sep 2016 10:58
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:15

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