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Public Health Legislation

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Most approaches to public health issues are technical, environmental, or engineering solutions because of the complicated and unpredictable nature of the human behavior element in public health problems. Successful development of public health improvements and solutions also requires examination of societal concerns, such as human rights and local, regional, and global politics and economics. Changes in international trade mechanisms also emphasize the effects of globalization on infectious disease and stress the need for international cooperation. The primary purpose of International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 focuses on providing public health responses to the international spread of disease that are restricted to public health risks and avoid unnecessary interference with international trade and traffic. Legal complications, such as possible conflicts with domestic legislation, may arise during the development of public health surveillance systems under IHR 2005.

Keywords: global infectious disease; International Health Regulations (IHR); public health issues



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