Communicable diseases

Socioeconomic, environmental and behavioural factors, as well as international travel and migration, foster and increase the spread of communicable diseases. Vaccine-preventable, foodborne, zoonotic, health care-related and communicable diseases pose significant threats to human health and may sometimes threaten international health security. In cooperation with governments, WHO/Europe develops norms and standards, guidance and public health tools to help countries implement effective disease prevention and control programmes and address their risk factors.

WHO/Europe progress challenge communicable disease public health

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One nurse's quest to track down TB on the eastern edge of Greenland

The town of Tasiilaq, Greenland, sits perched on the shore of a natural harbor in a dramatic fjord. It is the most populous community on Greenland's east coast, with just slightly more than 2000 inhabitants. It is also home to a concerning number of tuberculosis (TB) cases.


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