Petra Dickmann

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BACKGROUND Airports are the entrances of infectious diseases. Particularly at the beginning of an outbreak, information and communication play an important role to enable the early detection of signs or symptoms and to encourage passengers to adopt appropriate preventive behaviour to limit the spread of the disease. OBJECTIVES To determine the adequacy of(More)
BACKGROUND The threat posed by Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has taken on an increasingly pan-European dimension. This article aims to provide an overview of the different approaches to the control of MRSA adopted in five European countries (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and the UK) and discusses data and reporting mechanisms,(More)
Biological risk management in public health focuses on the impact of outbreaks on health, the economy, and other systems and on ensuring biosafety and biosecurity. To address this broad range of risks, the International Health Regulations (IHR, 2005) request that all member states build defined core capacities, risk communication being one of them. While(More)
BACKGROUND Laboratory capacity building is characterized by a paradox between endemicity and resources: countries with high endemicity of pathogenic agents often have low and intermittent resources (water, electricity) and capacities (laboratories, trained staff, adequate regulations). Meanwhile, countries with low endemicity of pathogenic agents often have(More)
ó Dass Wissen zur Bedrohung werden kann, ist keine neue Erkenntnis. Die Gefährlichkeit von Wissen, und auch wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnis, symbolisierte die Entwicklung der Atombombe, dramatisch umgesetzt in Dürrenmatts Die Physiker. Das 21. Jahrhun-dert rückt nun eine neue Forschergruppe in dieses zwiespältige Scheinwerferlicht: die Bio-logen, die(More)
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