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The terrorist use of diseases as bioweapons has been one of the major security concerns in recent years, particularly after the anthrax letter attacks in the USA in 2001. This uncertain threat of intentional outbreaks of diseases exists side by side with the constantly changing very real threat from diseases, epidemics and pandemics as recently illustrated by the H1N1 influenza pandemic, SARS, and H5N1 bird influenza events.
This publication contains case studies on the public health planning for (un)usual disease outbreaks for 11 large and small countries with a focus on South Eastern Europe. In many countries, military entities traditionally play an important role in emergency response to disease outbreaks. In smaller countries, very little exists, however, in terms of specific biopreparedness efforts (in both the military and civilian area), which is at least partly due to a relatively low bioterrorism threat perception, and serious resource constraints.
The uncertainty associated with the bioterrorism threat makes public health preparedness planning for such events politically and financially very difficult. The similarity of responding to bioterrorism events and natural disease outbreaks from a public health point of view suggests the merit of looking at biopreparedness as a part of overall health emergency planning, not as a separate effort.
Each season has its own particular work for the farmer, and he does his work without direction from or consultation with his neighbors or any one else. Each season has its own particular games for the young folks, and they take to them without any suggestion from outsiders, just as young ducks take to water, without any instructions from the mother bird. The seasons in the south temperate zone are just the opposite to those in the north. Some years ago I spent the months of July and August in New Zealand, and great was my surprise to find the boys down at Dunedin snowballing on the Fourth of July, while the sleigh-bells made music through the streets. In the following October, which is the spring month in Victoria, Australia, I found the youngsters of Melbourne playing marbles, just as the boys in New York had been doing when I left it the previous May.
Considered one of the three best places in America for bird-watching, Arizona is host to more than 140 species, including the Sandhill Crane and 12 species of Hummingbird not found anywhere else in the country. Arizona Birds will help to identify over 140 familiar species with beautiful detailed illustrations. Created and printed in the USA, this guide was updated in 2012 with a new cover design and a back panel map highlighting the state's eco-regions and prominent birding hotspots that will be appreciated by state visitors or residents. Laminated for durability, this lightweight guide will conveniently fold to fit into your pocket. Perfect for observing your backyard feeder guests or those species out on the trail.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) advocates a structural approach to the reduction of alcohol-related harm. Rather than targeting individuals, it recommends that governments should control consumption through a combination of pricing strategies, restrictions on retail availability and, possibly, the statutory regulation of the advertising of alcohol. This book uses a comparative approach to examine the realities of shaping national alcohol policies along these lines. Alcohol, Power and Public Health explores the policy processes and factors which influence the circumstances within which the WHO-supported alcohol strategies are implemented or rejected at the level of individual states, in the context of the European Union. The book provides a succinct and accessible summary of the WHO's ideal, national alcohol policy, based on the view that policy should address alcohol consumption at population level. It then compares it with the EU policy approach based on the principles of a free market economy. The book uses four case studies - Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland - to investigate in detail how this attempt at policy diffusion is managed within differing policy cultures. The case studies raise questions as to how governments might best balance public health interests against competing commercial interests and long-standing cultural practices. This book will be of interest to academics and researchers in public health, sociology, social policy and European Union studies.
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