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Biological Threats Reduction (DIEEEM06-2018)

One of the threats associated with living in a globalized world is the possibility of international dissemination of a biological agent, zoonotic or not, emerging or re-emerging, whether natural, accidental or intentional. This is why it is necessary to reduce biological threats based on international collaboration, the strengthening of surveillance systems and the establishment of response and contingency plans to tackle this threat.

The empowerment of health systems at the local, regional and national levels, together with international collaboration, are the means for the reduction of biological threats, since countries with weaker public health systems, whether due to armed conflicts or by disasters, are the candidates to suffer an outbreak of disease. The rapid establishment of international response plans is vital to prevent an outbreak of disease from becoming an international public health event, associating to this the establishment of epidemiological surveillance networks, related to laboratories integrated into national and international networks.

The reduction of biological threats is based on the integration of capacities, both nationally and internationally. To this end, the establishment of collaboration protocols, as well as their coordination through drills and exercises, will make it possible to detect weaknesses and promote strengths, highlighting the leading role of Spain in reducing biological threats.

Author: Alberto Cique Moya


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