Pandemics and Global Health

Authored by: Simon Rushton , Sonja Kittelsen

Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138803930
eBook ISBN: 9781315753393
Adobe ISBN: 9781317620921


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On 25 April 2009, on the basis of the outbreak and spread of a novel influenza virus with pandemic potential, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Margaret Chan, announced a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) – the first declaration of its kind following the entry into force of the revised International Health Regulations (IHR) in 2007. Shortly thereafter, on 11 June 2009, the WHO elevated its pandemic alert level to Phase 6, indicating that the circulating influenza A (H1N1) virus had entered a pandemic phase.

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