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Disease Eradication in the 21st CenturyImplications for Global Health$
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Stephen L. Cochi and Walter R. Dowdle

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016735

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016735.001.0001

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Group Report: Assessing the Feasibility of an Eradication Initiative

Group Report: Assessing the Feasibility of an Eradication Initiative

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Disease Eradication in the 21st Century

Peter Strebel

Eric A. Ottesen

Ciro A. de Quadros

Sherine Guirguis

Robert G. Hall

Linda Muller

Jai Prakash Narain

Ole Wichmann

The MIT Press

The criteria to determine the feasibility of disease eradication initiatives are categorized into biological, societal/political, and economic factors. This chapter describes the biological and technical requirements for disease eradication, with emphasis on the non-biological, critical enabling factors. It also discusses the three stages involved in the assessment of the feasibility of eradication: (1) determination of whether the disease agent meets fundamental feasibility criteria; (2) demonstration of operational feasibility in large and/or challenging settings; and (3) a comprehensive review of a number of critical enabling factors required for eradication.

Keywords:   disease eradication, biological, technical, feasibility criteria, operational feasibility, eradication

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