A planning checklist for widespread severe acute respiratory syndrome, modeled on an Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) pandemic influenza planning checklist, was developed jointly by ASTHO, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This checklist, distributed May 2003, has been widely used. The quick development and widespread acceptance of this checklist suggest that with periodic updating and modification such a planning document can be a useful tool for managing serious infectious disease threats. The value of plans developed using this checklist should be assessed in each community by carrying out realistic table-top and field exercises that involve all partners identified in the plan.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/index.htm
Emerging Infectious Diseases (June 2004), v.10, no.2, p. 369-372