Communicable Disease Control and Health Protection Handbook


This clear and concise text combines science with practical guidance for public-health physicians, epidemiologists, infection control nurses, microbiologists, and those training in these fields. It covers basic principles of communicable disease control and health protection, major syndromes, control of individual infections, main services and activities, organizational arrangements for all EU countries and sources of further information. All chapters have been updated in line with recent changes in epidemiology,...

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This clear and concise text combines science with practical guidance for public-health physicians, epidemiologists, infection control nurses, microbiologists, and those training in these fields. It covers basic principles of communicable disease control and health protection, major syndromes, control of individual infections, main services and activities, organizational arrangements for all EU countries and sources of further information. All chapters have been updated in line with recent changes in epidemiology, new guidelines for control and administrative changes. New chapters on pandemic planning and flu chapter expanded to cover seasonal, avian and pandemic flu.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444335675
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Hawker is Regional Epidemiologist for the Health Protection Agency, West Midlands; Registrar of the UK Faculty of Public Health, UK

Norman Begg is Chief Medical Officer, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Wavre, Belgium

Iain Blair is Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University

Ralf Reintjes is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Surveillance, Hamburg, Germany; Adjunct Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Tampere, Finland

Julius Weinberg is Vice Chancellor, Kingston University, London, UK

Professor Karl Ekdahl is Head of Public Health Capacity and Communication Unit, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden

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Table of Contents



Section 1: Introduction.

1.1 How to use this book.

1.2 Basic Concepts in the Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Disease.

1.3 Health Protection on-call.

Section 2: Common topics.

2.1 Meningitis and meningism.

2.2 Gastrointestinal infection.

2.3 Community acquired pneumonia.

2.4 Rash in pregnancy.

2.5 Rash and fever in children.

2.6 Illness in returning travellers.

2.7 Sexually Transmitted Infections.

2.8 Jaundice.

2.9 Infection in the immunocompromised.

2.10 Blood borne viral infections.

2.11 Vaccine Queries.

2.12 Individual measures against infections.

Section 3: Diseases.

3.1 Amoebic dysentery.

3.2 Anthrax.

3.3 Bacillus cereus.

3.4 Botulism.

3.5 Brucellosis.

3.6 Burkholderia.

3.7 Campylobacter.

3.8 Chickenpox and shingles (varicella-zoster infections).

3.9 Chikungunya.

3.10 Chlamydophila pneumoniae.

3.11 Chlamydophila psittaci.

3.12 Chlamydia trachomatis (genital).

3.13 Cholera.

3.14 CJD and other human transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.

3.15 Clostridium difficile.

3.16 Clostridium perfringens.

3.17 Coxsackievirus infections.

3.18 Cryptosporidiosis.

3.19 Cyclosporiasis.

3.20 Cytomegalovirus.

3.21 Dengue fever.

3.22 Diphtheria.

3.23 Encephalitis, acute.

3.24 Enterococci, including glycopeptide-resistant enterococci (GRE).

3.25 Epstein–Barr virus.

3.26 Escherichia coli O157 (and other E. coli gastroenteritis).

3.27 Giardiasis.

3.28 Gonorrhoea, syphilis and other acute STIs.

3.29 Hantavirus.

3.30 Head lice.

3.31 Helicobacter pylori.

3.32 Hepatitis A.

3.33 Hepatitis B.

3.34 Hepatitis C.

3.35 Delta hepatitis.

3.36 Hepatitis E.

3.37 Herpes simplex.

3.38 Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).

3.39 HIV.

3.40 Influenza.

3.41 Japanese B encephalitis.

3.42 Kawasaki Syndrome.

3.43 Legionellosis.

3.44 Leprosy.

3.45 Leptospirosis.

3.46 Listeria.

3.47 Lyme disease.

3.48 Malaria.

3.49 Measles.

3.50 Meningococcal infection.

3.51 Molluscum contagiosum.

3.52 MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

3.53 Mumps.

3.54 Mycoplasma.

3.55 Norovirus.

3.56 Paratyphoid fever.

3.57 Parvovirus B19 (fifth disease).

3.58 Plague.

3.59 Pneumococcal infection.

3.60 Poliomyelitis.

3.61 Q fever.

3.62 Rabies.

3.63 Relapsing Fever.

3.64 Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

3.65 Ringworm.

3.66 Rotavirus.

3.67 Rubella.

3.68 Salmonellosis.

3.69 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

3.70 Scabies

3.71 Shigella.

3.72 Smallpox.

3.73 Staphylococcal food poisoning.

3.74 Streptococcal infections.

3.75 Tetanus.

3.76 Threadworms.

3.77 Tick-borne encephalitis.

3.78 Toxocara.

3.79 Toxoplasmosis.

3.80 Tuberculosis.

3.81 Tularaemia.

3.82 Typhoid fever.

3.83 Rickettsial infections (incl. Typhus) Ehrlichia and Bartonella.

3.84 Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

3.85 Viral haemorrhagic fevers.

3.86 Warts and verrucae.

3.87 West Nile Virus.

3.88 Whooping cough.

3.89 Yellow fever.

3.90 Yersiniosis.

3.91 Other organisms.

Section 4: Services and organisations.

4.1 Surveillance of communicable disease.

4.2 Managing infectious disease incidents and outbreaks.

4.3 Infection Prevention and Control in the Community.

4.4 Healthcare Associated Infection.

4.5 Antimicrobial Resistance.

4.6 Risks to and from Health Care Workers.

4.7 Co-ordination of immunisation services.

4.8 Services for sexual health and HIV infection.

4.9 Services for tuberculosis control.

4.10 Travel Health.

4.11 Pandemic Preparedness and the Influenza A H1N1 2009 Pandemic.

4.12 Non-infectious environmental hazards.

4.13 Managing acute chemical incidents.

4.14 Managing acute radiation incidents.

4.15 Deliberate release of biological, chemical or radiological agents.

4.16 Media Relations and Crisis Communication.

4.17 Clinical Governance and Audit.

4.18 Global health.

Section 5: Communicable disease control in Europe.

5.1 WHO and International Health Regulations (IHR).

5.2 Collaboration within the European Union.

5.3 Detailed national example: organisational arrangements for health protection: England, 2010.

5.4 Austria.

5.5 Belgium.

5.6 Bulgaria.

5.7 Cyprus.

5.8 Czech Republic.

5.9 Denmark.

5.10 Estonia.

5.11 Finland.

5.12 France.

5.13 Germany.

5.14 Greece.

5.15 Hungary.

5.16 Iceland.

5.17 Ireland.

5.18 Italy.

5.19 Latvia.

5.20 Lithuania.

5.21 Luxembourg.

5.22 Malta.

5.23 The Netherlands.

5.24 Norway.

5.25 Poland.

5.26 Portugal.

5.27 Romania.

5.28 Slovakia.

5.29 Slovenia.

5.30 Spain.

5.31 Sweden.

5.32 Switzerland.

5.33 United Kingdom.

Appendix 1 Useful addresses and telephone numbers.

Appendix 2 Guidance documents and books.


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