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For Immediate Release
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New Edition of Renowned Public Health Manual Published, Includes Guidance on Controlling 136 Infectious Disease

“Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 19th Edition”

Editor: David L. Heymann, MD


Washington, D.C., December 8, 2008 — In addition to a growing burden of chronic disease, the spread of infectious disease remains a global public health threat. Approximately 46 percent of all deaths in low-income countries are due to communicable diseases, and the entire world is at risk of unexpected infectious disease.


It is in this environment that the new 19th edition of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual — an indispensable sourcebook for public health and infectious disease specialists for more than 90 years — is published. Edited by David L. Heymann, MD, Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization (WHO), and published by the American Public Health Association, this updated edition strengthens the value of the manual as a global resource.


“The 19th edition includes new information on the control of communicable diseases that is readily available and easy to read,” said Heymann. New disease variants are included, and some chapters have been entirely reworked.


Among the changes, the updated edition includes 11 new chapters on topics fundamental to a global public health landscape, including risk management, public health security in a globalized world, the International Health Regulations (2005), reporting of communicable diseases, outbreak response in bioterrorism, communicable disease control in humanitarian emergencies and handling of infectious materials. Other new chapters offer guidance on disease control at mass gatherings, after natural disasters, or in emergency situations.


“For many of these communicable diseases, science has given us vaccines and anti-infective drugs that help keep them under control,” said Heymann. “But anti-infective drugs are rapidly losing their effectiveness as resistance continues to develop, and vaccine development has lagged for many. Internationally accepted prevention and control strategies for all these diseases are presented in this book.”


For this 19th edition, parallel updates were carried out on most chapters by experts at both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.


Ordering information: Published by the American Public Health Association, 2008, 746 pages. Softcover ISBN: 978-087553-189-2, $35 ($25 for APHA members). Hardcover ISBN: 978-087553-190-8, $45 ($32 for APHA members). To order, call toll-free 888-320-2742, e-mail or visit


Please send your request for a review copy on letterhead to Director of Publications, APHA, 800 I Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001-3710; e-mail; or fax to (202) 777-2531.  

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