Inoculating Cities

Inoculating Cities

Case Studies of Urban Pandemic Preparedness

1st Edition - June 24, 2021

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  • Editors: Rebecca Katz, Matthew Boyce
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202043
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128204320

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Inoculating Cities: Case Studies of Urban Pandemic Preparedness begins with a brief historical description of infectious disease outbreaks in cities as well as an overview of infectious disease outbreaks since 2000 that hold profound implications for cities and urban environments – such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, H1N1 influenza in 2009, Ebola virus in 2014, Zika virus in 2015, and more recently, COVID-19 in 2020. Each of these outbreaks affected different geographies of the world and underscored the importance of urban pandemic preparedness or urban health security as a means of mitigating the threats posed by infectious diseases. This book describes several of the characteristics of cities that make them uniquely vulnerable to infectious disease threats which include, but are not limited to, their population density, population diversity, internal and external population movements, and inequalities in cities. Finally, the book discusses frameworks and capacities that are essential for preparing cities to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. With contributions from experts and researchers with first-hand experiences with infectious disease outbreaks, their impact on the management of disease, and pandemic preparedness in progressively urban societies, Inoculating Cities addresses the unique threats infectious diseases pose to urban environments and surveys innovative models that cities are using to combat these threats.

Key Features

  • Offers a global scope and perspective - inclusive of multiple cities, geographies, and infectious disease outbreaks
  • Provides in-depth case studies of successful models of urban pandemic preparedness which consist of a brief overview of a city, a brief description of an outbreak or disease burden, and an examination of the unique or innovative capacity that a city used to successfully address the health threat
  • Written by an interdisciplinary group of experts and researchers from around the world with first-hand experiences preparing for, detecting, and responding to infectious disease outbreaks


Researchers, academics, and professionals in global and public health (public health planners and official particularly at the municipal levels), public policy specialists, urban municipal leaders, researchers and professionals in infectious disease, epidemiology, and city planning and other adjacent professional fields

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Controlling Dengue, an Urban Pandemic - a case study of Delhi, India
    3. The 2019 Measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington
    4. Municipal Healthcare Delivery Special Pathogens Preparedness and Response in the City that Never Sleeps: The NYC Health + Hospitals’ Approach to the 2018-2019 Measles Outbreak and Other Infectious Disease Threats
    5. The Cleveland Ebola Incident Response
    6. Preparedness planning for re-emergent smallpox in differing high income cities - Phoenix, USA and Sydney, Australia
    7. Assessing city-level capacity for urban epidemic preparedness and response
    8. Developing a more effective locally led response to the HIV epidemic in Blantyre, Malawi
    9. Building robust interface between public health authority and medical institutions in a densely populated city: State-of-the-art integrated pandemic and emerging disease preparedness in the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan
    10. The translational flow of data: Using science, technology, and data analytics to combat the spread of disease between and within cities
    11. After Action Reviews as a Best Practice Tool for Evaluating the Response to Urban Disease Outbreaks in Nigeria
    12. Development of Emergency Operation Centers in Myanmar
    13. Preparedness through Simulation: Urban Outbreak 2019
    14. The Role of Private Sector in Urban Health Security
    15. Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 270
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: June 24, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128202043
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128204320

About the Editors

Rebecca Katz

Dr. Rebecca Katz is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. She has over two decades of public health research experience that has focused on global health security, public health preparedness and health diplomacy. Since 2007, much of her work has been on the domestic and global implementation of the International Health Regulations. Since 2004, Dr. Katz has been a consultant to the Department of State, working on issues related to the Biological Weapons Convention, pandemic influenza and disease surveillance. She has written previously on the urban governance of disease, the flow of infectious disease risk into urban areas, and

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

Matthew Boyce

Matthew Boyce, MS, is a Research Associate at the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University. He graduated with distinction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 with a BS in Integrative Biology Honors and a research certificate. In 2017, he received an MS degree in Global Health from the Duke Global Health Institute and also earned a Certificate in Sustainable International Development Policy from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Since joining the Center for Global Health Science and Security, Mr. Boyce has served as the head research associate for the Center’s work on urban pandemic preparedness, written on the urban governance of infectious disease, and advocated improved health security in urban environments.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Associate, Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

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