Pandemics Incident Management

Incident Management Guidelines

A disease outbreak or pandemic is the occurrence of incidences of disease in excess of what would normally be expected within a defined community, geographical area, or season. An outbreak may occur in a restricted geographical area, or may extend over several countries. The risk period may be short, lasting several days or weeks, or may be protracted, lasting months or years. A single case of a communicable disease long absent from a population or caused by an agent (e.g., bacterium or virus) not previously recognized in that community or area or the emergence of a previously unknown disease may also constitute an outbreak and should be reported and investigated.
In the event of such an incident occurring, the following points should be addressed:

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