"Over the last 30 years, approximately 40 newly emerged infections have been identified in the world, including AIDS [Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome], Legionnaires Disease, Mad Cow Disease, SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] and Bird Flu. The paper examines the threat of emerging pandemics and Australia's need to reassess its preparedness for a major outbreak of infectious disease. Authored by Professorial Fellow in Medical Geography and Director of the Health Studies Program at Macquarie University, Peter Curson, the Insight argues that Australia can no longer take refuge in the barriers of time and distance as an effective defence against world wide pandemics."
ASPI Strategic Insights No. 16
2005 Australian Strategic Policy Institute
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