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Institute of Medicine releases report on international infectious disease emergencies and domestic implications for the public health and healthcare sectors

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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) on July 7 published a report on International Infectious Disease Emergencies and Domestic Implications for the Public Health and Healthcare Sectors. The report follows up the IOM's Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, which took place at the 2015 Preparedness Summit. The forum provided a discussion of international public health emergencies, such as Ebola, and their corresponding impact on state and local public health and health care systems, during which speakers discussed their experiences during the Ebola outbreak in the United States and as it was unfolding in West Africa. They also discussed remaining challenges and ways to effectively respond the next time a public health emergency of international concern arises. The IOM report notes that emerging infectious disease events present a threat to U.S. national security, and improved efforts are needed to coordinate a response both domestically and with global partners. more

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