Today’s Washington Post includes a front-page piece on a possible breakdown of the WHO biosurveillance system that may have delayed full recognition of the Mexican outbreak from April 16 to April 24. Please see, System Set Up After SARS Epidemic Was Slow to Alert Global Authorities.
Some readers may want to access the WHO’s International Health Regulations. This is the international agreement which established the biosurveillance system. Pertinent to the Washington Post‘s findings, the signatories to the IHR are to complete an assessment of the biosurveillance and response system by this coming June 15.