Report of an International Consultation: Methodology for Risk Mapping of the International Spread of Vector-Borne Diseases Via Air Travel

Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 7/2018. This 23-page report summarizes a meeting held on July 5-6, 2018, to arrive at a methodology to map the risk of international spread of vector-borne diseases via air travel, during outbreaks and routinely. The methodology will allow the World Health Organization to identify areas and airports with a risk of international spread of vector-borne diseases, and will help inform policy decisions to implement effective vector control measures to prevent the spread of vectors via aircraft, including aircraft disinsection, as appropriate. (PDF)
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