MedPage Today  |  September 18, 2014

The answer to the latter question is unequivocal, according to Ana Ayala, JD, also of Georgetown University.

“A PHEIC triggers action, or it’s supposed to trigger action” by signatories to the International Health Regulations, she told MedPage Today. “If you can prevent an outbreak or even react from the very beginning, fewer people will die.”

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