This clear and concise text combines science with practical guidance for public-health physicians, epidemiologists, infe
ction control nurses, microbiologists, and those training in these fields. It covers basic principles of communicable disease control and health protection, major syndromes, control of individual infections, main services and activities, organizational arrangements for all EU countries and sources of further information. All chapters have been updated in line with recent changes in epidemiology, new guidelines for control and administrative changes. New chapters on pandemic planning and flu chapter expanded to cover seasonal, avian and pandemic flu. Dr Jeremy Hawker is Deputy Director, Local and Regional Services, Health Protection Agency, UK and a Public Health Physician and Consultant Epidemiologist. He specialises in the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases and has a long-standing interest in the prevention and surveillance of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. He currently works as Head of Public Health Development at the Health Protection Agency in England. Dr Hawker is the current Registrar of the UK Faculty of Public Health, a member of Scotland's Health Protection Advisory Group and of NICE's Public Health Topic Selection Committee. Dr Norman Begg is the former Director of Medical Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline, Uxbridge, UK Dr Iain Blair is a Consultant in Communicable Disease at the Health Protection Agency, Hampshire, UK Professor Ralf Reintjes is Professor for Epidemiology and Public Health Surveillance at Hamburg University of Applied Science, Germany Professor Julius Weinberg is Acting Vice-Chancellor at City University, London, UK Professor Karl Ekdahl is Head of the Communications Unit at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and Editor of their journal.
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