Identification

Author

Parkinson AJ, Bruce MG, Zulz T

Title

International circumpolar surveillance, an arctic network for surveillance of infectious diseases

Year

2008

Publication type

Article

Journal

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Created

2012-09-13 18:02:56+00:00

Modified

2016-07-25 15:36:44.524827+00:00

Details

Institution

International Circumpolar Surveillance Steering Committee

Volume

14

Number

1

Access

Language

English

URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2600151/
DOI

10.3201/eid1401.070717

Accessed

2016-04-29

Extended information

Abstract

Peoples of the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions live in
social and physical environments that differ substantially
from those of their more southern-dwelling counterparts.
The cold northern climate keeps people indoors, amplifying
the effects of household crowding, smoking, and inadequate ventilation on person-to-person spread of infectious disease. The emergence of antimicrobial drug resistance among bacterial pathogens, the reemergence of tuberculosis, the entrance of HIV into Arctic communities, and the specter of pandemic infl uenza or the sudden emergence and introduction of new viral pathogens such as severe acute respiratory syndrome are of increasing concern to residents, governments, and public health authorities. The International Circumpolar Surveillance system is a network of hospital, public health agencies, and reference laboratories throughout the Arctic linked together to collect, compare, and share uniform laboratory and epidemiologic data on infectious diseases and assist in the formulation of prevention and control strategies.