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The World Health Meeting ended on Wednesday with 192 World Health Organisation (WHO) countries adopting new rules to control the spread of communicable diseases. The World Health Meeting ended on Wednesday with 192 World Health Organisation (WHO) countries adopting new rules to control the spread of communicable diseases. “These new regulations recognize that diseases do not respect national boundaries. They are urgently needed to help limit the threats to public health,” said Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General.

Changes to International Health Regulations were underway for several years to deal with emerging diseases and new travel conditions that make it easier for diseases to spread across borders.

The 2003 SARS outbreak for instance showed the need for new international health rules for early detection of diseases and to control its spread.

“The existing regulations were written for a very different world from the one we live in today. Air travel was a luxury and the movement of goods and people around the world was relatively slow,” said Dr Guenael Rodier, WHO Director of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response.

“Today, travel