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Virusdisease. 2020 Mar;31(1):10-12. doi: 10.1007/s13337-019-00565-y. Epub 2020 Jan 23.

Brief outcome of five decades of battle with infectious diseases in Iran.

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1Student Research Committee, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran.
4Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran.


According to WHO health profile, Iran has better situation in controlling some infection disease like leprosy, dengue fever, tularemia and hepatitis B than United States, even though Iran is in a more dangerous area than the USA. Achieving optimum control for infectious disease in the Middle East requires huge financial costs, equipment and a great time. Some of Iran's actions to control infectious diseases include: special attention of the Iran government to the health issue, training and developing human resources, membership and close cooperation with international organizations like WHO, detecting and monitoring emerging diseases before their arrival and distribution in Iran, expanding and updating national immunization and vaccination program since 1992, national project implementation titled "Health system development plan", supplying and manufacturing most of drugs required in Iran by the Iranian companies as a strategic planning, great coordination between different departments of the MOHME and other relevant institutions to Iran Army and Ministry of Intelligence to prevent the emergence of bioterrorism, and etc. We believe that Iran has obtained an acceptable score in the control of infectious diseases; but it still has very big challenges to reach the ideal level.

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Conflict of interestAll authors report no conflicts of interest relevant to this article.

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