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Title: Global response to pandemic flu: More research needed on a critical front
Authors: Lim, M.-K. 
Issue Date: 13-Oct-2006
Citation: Lim, M.-K. (2006-10-13). Global response to pandemic flu: More research needed on a critical front. Health Research Policy and Systems 4 : -. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: If and when sustained human-to-human transmission of H5N1 becomes a reality, the world will no longer be dealing with sporadic avian flu borne along migratory flight paths of birds, but aviation flu - winged at subsonic speed along commercial air conduits to every corner of planet Earth. Given that air transportation is the one feature that most differentiates present day transmission scenarios from those in 1918, our present inability to prevent spread of influenza by international air travel, as reckoned by the World Health Organization, constitutes a major weakness in the current global preparedness plan against pandemic flu. Despite the lessons of SARS, it is surprising that aviation-related health policy options have not been more rigorously evaluated, or scientific research aimed at strengthening public health measures on the air transportation front, more energetically pursued. © 2006 Lim; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Source Title: Health Research Policy and Systems
ISSN: 14784505
DOI: 10.1186/1478-4505-4-8
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