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ProMED-mail - the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases - is an
Internet-based reporting system dedicated to rapid global dissemination of
information on outbreaks of infectious diseases and acute exposures to
toxins that affect human health, including those in animals and in plants
grown for food or animal feed. Electronic communications enable ProMED-mail
to provide up-to-date and reliable news about threats to human, animal, and
food plant health around the world, seven days a week.
By providing early warning of outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging
diseases, public health precautions at all levels can be taken in a timely
manner to prevent epidemic transmission and to save lives.
ProMED-mail is open to all sources and free of political constraints.
Sources of information include media reports, official reports, online
summaries, local observers, and others. Reports are often contributed by
ProMED-mail subscribers. A team of expert human, plant, and animal disease
moderators screen, review, and investigate reports before posting to the
network. Reports are distributed by email to direct subscribers and posted
immediately on the ProMED-mail web site. ProMED-mail currently reaches over
40,000 subscribers in at least 185 countries.
A central purpose of ProMED-mail is to promote communication amongst the
international infectious disease community, including scientists,
physicians, epidemiologists, public health professionals, and others
interested in infectious diseases on a global scale. ProMED-mail encourages
subscribers to participate in discussions on infectious disease concerns, to
respond to requests for information, and to collaborate together in outbreak
investigations and prevention efforts. ProMED-mail also welcomes the
participation of interested persons outside of the health and biomedical
ProMED-mail was established in 1994 with the support of the Federation of
American Scientists and SatelLife. Since October 1999, ProMED-mail has
operated as an official program of the International Society for Infectious
Diseases, a nonprofit professional organization with 20,000 members
ProMED-mail is also available in Portuguese, ProMED-PORT, and in Spanish,
ProMED-ESP. Both of these lists cover disease news and topics relevant to
Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, respectively.
ProMED-RUS offers Russian-language reports relevant to the independent
states of the former Soviet Union. PRO/MBDS offers reports in English on
countries in Southeast Asia bordering the Mekong river. Under a recent grant
from Google.org, ProMED-mail is working to enlarge our networks in West
Africa (ProMED-FRA) posted in French, and East Africa (ProMED-EAFR) posted
ProMED-mail and ISID are grateful to Google.org, the Gates Foundation, the
Rockefeller Foundation, the Oracle Corporation, the Nuclear Threat
Initiative, and many individual donors for financial support. Please
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