Throughout history, the movement of people between regions and across borders has been a major contributor to the spread of infectious diseases. The speed and volume of modern air travel greatly increases the potential for emerging infectious diseases as influenza and SARS-like viruses to spread globally. Similarly, migration means that diseases such as HIV and drug resistant tuberculosis that are ‘endemic’ in some populations also spread globally. This lecture will review the potential to better manage the risk of imported infectious diseases at borders. It will make the case for a more rational and globally consistent approach to disease screening and management than we have at present. This presentation will draw on our research to investigate the value of border screening tools such as passenger screening and thermal scanning.
Chair: Mr Jon Averns, Port Health and Public Protection Director, London Port Health Authority
Respondent: Dr Neil Ferguson, Professor of Mathematical Biology & Head of Department, Imperial College London
Panel: Dr Deborah Turbitt, PHE Deputy Regional Director (London) & CCDC to the London Port Health Authority and City of London; Dr Nicol Black, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC), Port Health, PHE; Dr Mathibalasingham Chandrakumar, Principal Port Medical Inspector, Heathrow Airport, PHE
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NZ-UK Link Foundation
The NZ-UK Link Foundation was set up originally as the Waitangi Foundation in 1990 after the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Under our Trust Deed, the Foundation exists to enhance links between New Zealand and the United Kingdom, through establishing and maintaining a series of business and educational exchanges to individuals to visit the other’s country.