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Global Health Security Meeting Begins In Helsinki

“When senior leaders from more than 30 countries and four international organizations converge on Helsinki on May 5th for two days of intensive discussion, the over-arching topic will be … aimed at improving our ability worldwide to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks at a time when diseases of all types can travel greater distances in less time than ever before and potentially threaten a larger number of people no matter where they live,” Eric Kasowski, chief of the CDC Global Health Security Branch, writes in the CDC’s “Our Global Voices” blog. He discusses the Global Health Security initiative launched in February, concluding, “It will take a concentrated global public health effort to protect people from infectious disease threats. Every country has a role to play in preventing, detecting, and responding to these threats” (5/4).