In the past 700 years, there are many examples of epidemics started by international travelers. Most recently, Zika virus was introduced in the Americas by a traveler. The speed and scope of international travel has increased the risk of global epidemics. But, with the right information on how to protect their health while traveling, travelers can minimize the risk of international spread of infectious disease and the challenge is using modern technology to deliver this information. http://www.sitata.com
Ronald K. St. John, MD, MPH, is the former Director General, Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. St. John is a physician who holds degrees from Yale University, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Harvard University School of Public Health. He retired after a 35-year career in public health and infectious disease control in two countries. In the USA, he held positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In Canada, he worked in the Department of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. He also spent 10 years with the World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas, as Director for Infectious Disease Control in the Americas. Prior to his retirement, Dr. St. John was the first Director General for the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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