Optimism that communicable diseases are longer a threat is clearly misplaced. New diseases, such as HIV, have appeared and some chronic conditions, such as gastric ulcers, have been shown to be caused by infectious agents. This book is about controlling such diseases, a task that is impossible without surveillance, kwledge of basic microbiology and multi-disciplinary public health teams. The book examines the challenges facing different countries regarding: Surveillance; Outbreak investigation; Vaccines; and Specific infections including hepatitis, TB, influenza and gastroenteritis. Series Editors: Rosalind Plowman and Nicki Thorogood.
Professor of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He specialises in the epidemiology of infectious disease, especially surveillance, although he has also published widely on outbreaks and vaccines. His other professional interests include the hygiene of skin piercing, and he has produced national guidelines for acupuncturists, tattooists, body piercers, ear piercers, beauty therapists and hairdressers.