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Am J Public Health. 2000 Oct;90(10):1515-20.

When is a disease eradicable? 100 years of lessons learned.

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Expanded Programme on Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. aylwardb@who.ch

Abstract

Since the 1915 launch of the first international eradication initiative targeting a human pathogen, much has been learned about the determinants of eradicability of an organism. The authors outline the first 4 eradication efforts, summarizing the lessons learned in terms of the 3 types of criteria for disease eradication programs: (1) biological and technical feasibility, (2) costs and benefits, and (3) societal and political considerations.

PMID:
11029980
PMCID:
PMC1446384
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