Conflict and emerging infectious diseases

Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Nov;13(11):1625-31. doi: 10.3201/eid1311.061093.


Detection and control of emerging infectious diseases in conflict situations are major challenges due to multiple risk factors known to enhance emergence and transmission of infectious diseases. These include inadequate surveillance and response systems, destroyed infrastructure, collapsed health systems and disruption of disease control programs, and infection control practices even more inadequate than those in resource-poor settings, as well as ongoing insecurity and poor coordination among humanitarian agencies. This article outlines factors that potentiate emergence and transmission of infectious diseases in conflict situations and highlights several priority actions for their containment and control.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / etiology*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / prevention & control
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / transmission
  • Dissent and Disputes
  • Humans
  • Violence
  • Warfare*