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Infectious Diseases

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Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases of animals that can cause disease when transmitted to humans.

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Guidelines for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Persons with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus InfectionGuidelines for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Persons with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection shortcut



These are the first World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the prevention, care and treatment of persons living with CHB infection, and complement similar recent published guidance by WHO on the prevention, care and treatment of infection due to the hepatitis C virus (HCV).




Guidelines for the Screening, Care and Treatment of Persons with Hepatitis C InfectionGuidelines for the Screening, Care and Treatment of Persons with Hepatitis C Infection



These are the first WHO guidelines on the screening, care and treatment of persons with HCV infection.



Psychological First Aid during Ebola Virus Disease OutbreaksPsychological First Aid During Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks cover



This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people who can help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event.





Regional Research Framework to Strengthen Communicable Disease Control and Elimination in the Western PacificRegional Research Framework to Strengthen Communicable Disease Control and Elimination in the Western Pacific



Communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and vaccine-preventable diseases have a considerable negative impact on social development in the Western Pacific Region.



Antimicrobial Resistance - Global Report on SurveillanceAntimicrobial Resistance. Global Report on Surveillance shortcut




This WHO report, produced in collaboration with Member States and other partners, provides as accurate a picture as is presently possible of the magnitude of AMR and the current state of surveillance globally. The report focuses on antibacterial resistance (ABR) in common bacterial pathogens.




Measles Elimination Field GuideMeasles Elimination Field Guide shortcut



This guide describes in detail the current challenges and activities needed to interrupt measles transmission, to prevent and respond rapidly to emerging measles outbreaks, and to ensure sensitive surveillance is in place. It is presented in a form that can be readily adapted by national immunization managers to suit country situations.

Measles Elimination Field Guide

Research Priorities for the Environment, Agriculture and Infectious Diseases of PovertyResearch Priorities for the Environment, Agriculture and Infectious Diseases of Poverty shortcut



The Thematic Reference Group on Environment, Agriculture and Infectious Diseases of Poverty (TRG 4) addresses the nature of the intersections and interactions between environment, agriculture and infectious diseases of poverty in order to identify research priorities for improved disease control.




Evolving Threat of Antimicrobial ResistanceEvolving Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance



The objective of these guidelines is to improve the quality of care received by Low Birth Weight (LBW) infants in developing countries through improved capacity of health workers.