Communicable disease outbreaks involving more than one country: systems approach to evaluating the response.
The growth in international trade and travel has increased the likelihood that outbreaks of infection will involve more than one country. The response to such an international epidemiological emergency is complex, involving national and international agencies. This study evaluated responses to five outbreaks, with various transmission routes, involving more than one member state of the EU. It also examined the complex nature of the collaboration required for an effective response and identified critical weaknesses in coordination, funding, and reporting.
British Medical Journal, 323 (7317), 861-863 pp. [doi: 10.1136/bmj.323.7317.861]