A Century in the Life of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual: 1917 to 2017

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The Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, a premier publication of the American Public Health Association, celebrates its centennial in 2017. The Control of Communicable Diseases Manual has evolved in format and content through 20 separate editions. This article is a follow-up to an earlier article, titled “Evolution of the Control of Communicable Disease Manual: 1917 to 2000,” that appeared in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice in 2001. Our update focuses on the period since the 17th edition, which is characterized by dramatic changes. The 20th edition (2014) added a few arboviral diseases (Banna, Cache Valley, Eyach, Heartland, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus, Iquitos, and Me Tri), but mostly contracted, leaving 65 arboviral entries. Other categories of pathogens also declined in the most recent editions, indicating an apparent trend to make the manual less encyclopedic. We attempt to explain these and other changes and ask the reader to comment whether they are aware of other related facts or history based on personal experience.

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