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IHR, Epidemic Alert and Response, and Water Borne Diseases

The IHR, Epidemic Alert and Response, and Water Borne Diseases Unit, is part of the Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department.

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Polio declared public health emergency of international concern under International Health Regulations

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, has declared that the spread of wild poliovirus to three countries is an 'extraordinary event' and a public health emergency of international concern due to the public health risk to other countries. The declaration came after consultation with an Emergency Committee convened under the International Health Regulations, because a coordinated international response is essential to prevent the further spread of polio in the high-transmission season.

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