WHO defines pathogens that transmit through air.

Syllabus: GS-III; Subject: Science & Technology Topic: Medical science and Health, Issue: Infectious Respiratory Particles

Context: World Health Organisation introduced the term “Infectious Respiratory Particles” (IRPs) for airborne pathogens.

Infectious Respiratory Particles:

  • Includes COVID-19, influenza, measles, MERS, SARS, and TB.
  • New terminology eliminates strict distinctions between aerosols and droplets.
  • Descriptor “through the air” used for airborne or direct deposition transmission.
  • Next steps involve further research and exploring implementation implications.

Prelims Connect(Institutions in news)

World Health Organisation(WHO):

  •  Specialized agency of the UN focused on international public health.
  •  Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  •  Aim: To achieve the highest level of health for all peoples, focusing on disease prevention, health standards, data collection, and scientific discussions.
  • Governance: Governed by the World Health Assembly (WHA), comprising 194 member states, which sets goals, approves budgets, and advises the WHO’s chief administrator.
  • Continuously works to promote health, ensure global safety, and assist vulnerable populations worldwide.Top of Form


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