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The 'Control of Infectious Diseases' has challenged humankind through out the ages. A 2,000 year historical review would highlight outbreaks of leprosy, the plague ('the black death') of the middle ages, influenza pandemics of 1918, the fight against HIV and most recently the fear that SARS instilled on a modern high tech world. There would of course be some triumphant moments too, the miracle of antibiotics in the 1940s and the impact of vaccination on diseases, such as polio and diphtheria are truly significant.

The European Commission through its Fifth Framework Research Programme recognised the importance of supporting research to underpin and contribute to the 'Control of Infectious Diseases' - the title given to Key Action 2 of the Quality of Life Programme.

In this catalogue are the fruits of these efforts - the scope of the research work undertaken is vast, ranging from vaccine development, enhanced epidemiological and surveillance activities and improved diagnostics. The range of agents and diseases under study is equally impressive, covering over 50% of the list to be progressively covered by the Network for the Epidemiological Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases in the Community. It provides an outline of over 170 scientific funded projects and aims to give scientist and policy makers an overview of the topics, range of organisations and countries that have been supported as well as the associated budgets that have been provided.

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Authors: No Author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20350 EN (2004), 402 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20350-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3748-0
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