Emerging Infections: Their Importance to APEC
The APEC Emerging Infections Network is based at the University of Washington in Seattle. Further information about the project and its aims is below.
- Emerging Infections: Their Importance to APEC
- Project Description: Abstract or Full Text
- APEC Action Framework on Infectious Diseases (Approved by the APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group in March 1998)
- EINet News Briefs compilation of current information about infectious diseases.
Emerging infections include diseases that are new (such as HIV/AIDS), diseases that are old but reemerging as health threats (such as Tuberculosis), and diseases that are changing their resistance to treatment. They are important to our APEC community because:
- They cause preventable illness and death
- They drain our economies through the direct costs of treatment and hospitalization
- They generate indirect costs from time lost from work and reduced purchasing power
- They lead to unfounded trade sanctions that hinder economic activity
Telecommunications provides a new avenue for enhanced, rapid communications about disease threats in our region.