Public Health in the Post-Westphalian System of Global Politics
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The decade of the 1990s witnessed a renaissance of interest in infectious diseases in both the public health and political worlds. By the early 1990s, public health experts were growing increasingly concerned about a resurgence of infectious diseases around the world. In 1992, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats to Health published its seminal report Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States (Institute of Medicine, 1992). This report marked the beginning of extensive public health and political efforts in the 1990s to come to grips with ‘emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases’ (EIDs).