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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anne L. O'Keefe, MD, MPH (Douglas County NE Health Department)
Description: Written by highly qualified experts, this book provides well-organized, easy-to-find, Europe-based information on actions and measures necessary for communicable disease control. Last updated in 2005, it outlines common scenarios that may be faced by communicable disease control authorities.
Purpose: This is an up-to-date reference on communicable disease control strategies intended to foster coordination and consistency of health protection services and response in and among European countries.
Audience: The book is aimed at practitioners of communicable disease control in European countries. Specifically, the focus is on practitioners who may not work in this specialty on a daily basis, but may be providing on-call services for their agency.
Features: It covers common topics and specific diseases that may require immediate notification and response, and describes services a communicable disease agency should provide, including names and notification procedures of communicable disease agencies in European countries. While covering a broad range of topics and providing specific on-call responses that may be required, the information may not be as in-depth as some full-time communicable disease authorities may need. More information on the review process (i.e. review of evidence and sources of current recommendations) would be helpful.
Assessment: This book, which could be supplemented as needed by Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 19th edition, Heymann (American Public Health Association, 2008), and Red Book: 2012 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 29th edition, Pickering et al. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012), meets the authors' objectives as a key resource in the effort to improve and coordinate the control of communicable diseases in Europe.