The duty to report disease outbreaks: Of interest or value? Lessons from H5N1

Sara E. Davies

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Since the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak in 2003, it has been argued that there has been a substantial revision to the norm dictating the behaviour of states in the event of a disease outbreak. This article examines the evolution of the norm to 'report and verify' disease outbreaks and evaluates the extent to which this revised norm has begun to guide state behaviour. Examination of select East Asian countries affected by human infections of the H5N1 (avian influenza) virus strain reveals the need to further understand the mutually constitutive relationship between the value attached to prompt reporting against the capacity to report, and how states manage both in fulfilling their duty to report.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-445
Number of pages17
JournalContemporary Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • avian influenza
  • East Asia
  • International Health Regulations
  • norm life cycle
  • state capacity
  • World Health Organization

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