Prevention Strategies Against Emerging Infectious Disease in Taiwan under Globalization
In recent years, emerging infectious disease (EID) surely has drawn international attention because EID spreads rapidly without geographic range limit. Prevention and control of EID requires the global efforts, and Taiwan has no exceptions. We should strengthen EID preparedness and response in advance, and improve capacity to respond to the threats and challenges. The SARS outbreak in 2003 had a huge impact on public health and medical care systems. In view of this, the government re-evaluated national policies for the prevention and control of EID. Besides we established incident command system and developed strategies against EIDs. Therefore, Taiwan responded strategies immediately to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak in South Korea in 2015, which it successfully prevented the diseases and ensured domestic health security.