Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Bioterrorism Preparedness Efforts Have Improved Public Health Response Capacity, but Gaps Remain: Testimony of Janet Heinrich, Director, Health Care--Public Health Issues, before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives [open pdf - 153KB]
This statement by Janet Heinrich, Director, Health Care--Public Health Issues discusses the work being done pertaining to the United States' preparedness to manage major public health threats. The initial response to an outbreak of infectious disease would occur at the local level, with support from the state, whether the outbreak was naturally occurring or due to the intentional release of a harmful biological agent by a terrorist. Just as in a bioterrorist attack, a naturally occurring outbreak could involve public health officials in disease surveillance, epidemiologic investigation, health care delivery, and quarantine management. To assist the Committee in its consideration of US capacity to respond to a major public health threat, remarks focus on (1) the preparedness of state and local public health agencies for responding to a large-scale infectious disease outbreak, (2) the preparedness of hospitals for responding to a large-scale infectious disease outbreak, and (3) federal and state efforts to prepare for an influenza pandemic.
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