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Public health response to biological and chemical weapons
This WHO publication is a guide to member states on preparedness for and response to the deliberate use of biological and chemical weapons. PAHO has published the Spanish language edition of this important publication. It is available in full text.(14/Apr/2004)
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Impact of the Disasters on the Public Health (only in Spanish)
It is a very well documented book that provides excellent information on the causes, history, frequency, duration and consequences of the largest and most frequently occurring disasters in the world. It is a book that will be very useful in the library of anyone involved in the area of disasters. (3/Sep/2000)
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Accidentes químicos: Aspectos relativos a la salud. Guía para la preparación y respuesta (only in Spanish)
Three documents are included in this publication: the General Guidelines, which will assist in the development of effective policies for preparing and responding to chemical accidents; the Practical Guidelines, which are more detailed and meant for the operative sector; and the Final Summary, which has a checklist of essential measures for planning and carrying out prevention, preparedness, and response activities specific to chemical accidents. To access the book in full-text visit Accidentes químicos. If you would like to buy a copy of the book visit the Bookstore .(1/Jul/1998)
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Other Resources

Sustainable Development and Environmental Health - Healthy Environment
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE) - Environmental Health, Toxicology Networks, Retoxlac, Self-instruction Courses, Pesticides for Domestic Use(12/Aug/2005)
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Curso de auto instrucción sobre prevención, preparación y respuesta a accidentes químicos
Una nueva versión bilingüe (español/portugués) de este material de capacitación cuya novedad es la metodología de autoaprendizaje. El curso tiene cinco secciones con presentaciones y módulos de preguntas y respuestas para permitir al alumno la autoevaluación de su aprendizaje.(7/Nov/2003)
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Bioterrorism in Latin America and the Caribbean-Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance
The risk is slight that a country in Latin American or Caribbean would be the direct target of an international terrorist act. Nonetheless, Member States in the Region have identified the need to improve the capacity of their health services to prepare for and respond to any potential emergencies resulting from biological, chemical or radiological (BCR) terrorism. In the case of biological terrorism, effective and timely detection and response in any one country is of paramount importance for the entire region. The threat is international.(5/Apr/2002)
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Periodical Publications

Epidemiological Alerts Archives, 2003–2008
(Note: Series renamed, formerly EID Updates: Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Region of the Americas.)
The purpose of these alerts is to disseminate information on the latest public-health events that have been identified as risks to health, trade, and/or international travel. Most of these events are primarily due to infectious agents, while others are due to chemical or physical agents. The PAHO Epidemiological Alerts published at the regional level (for the Americas) complement the WHO Disease Outbreak News published at the global level. The latest issues can be found at the new site, 2009 onwards.(3/Apr/2009)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. July 2000, No. 81
Editorial on "The Medical Response to Natural Disasters: Have We Learned Anything Yet?" It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jul/2000)
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Technical Documents

WHA60.18: Malaria, including Proposal for Establishment of World Malaria Day
This resolution from the 60th World Health Assembly in 2007 sets forth the WHO global mandate for malaria and a proposal for an annual World Malaria Day, which PAHO has adopted for the Americas.(23/May/2007)
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en Français    WHA60.18  

Public Health Pesticide Management Practices by WHO Member States: Report of a Survey, 2003–2004
Survey objectives were to study key features of public health pesticide management practices by WHO Member States; assist national and international organizations in developing activities to address weaknesses in their management practices; and serve as a baseline for monitoring progress in such activities. In the Americas, 14 countries responded comprising 55% of the at-risk population for major vector-borne diseases: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay. The Caribbean Epidemiology Centre / CAREC assisted with data collection and validation.(31/May/2005)
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Safety of Pyrethroids for Public Health Use
Pyrethroids are widely used in public health because of their relative safety for humans, high insecticidal potency at low dosages and rapid knock-down effects. WHO has assessed the safety and efficacy of pyrethroids for different applications in vector control, as well as in disinsection of aircrafts. The purpose of this document is to critically review current knowledge on the safety of pyrethroids and whether existing WHO recommendations for pyrethroid applications should be revised or modified. (This review does not consider the use of pyrethroids in space spraying and vapour applications, e.g. in mosquito coils and aerosols.)(31/May/2005)
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