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John Walley and John Wright

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238934.001.0001

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Communicable disease control principles and toolkit

Communicable disease control principles and toolkit

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(p.239) Chapter 13 Communicable disease control principles and toolkit
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Public Health
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Martin Schweiger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238934.003.013

Communicable diseases can occur in any community, but they are particularly common in poor communities, adding to the burden of poverty. The prevention of communicable diseases is an important element in any strategy of poverty reduction. This chapter discusses the following topics: controlling communicable diseases; preventing their occurrence; limiting their spread when they do occur; reducing harm to individuals and communities from communicable diseases; managing outbreaks in a competent way; and trying to stop them from happening again.

Keywords:   public health, communicable diseases, community health, disease outbreaks, disease control

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