"The 2006 Oregon Pandemic Influenza Plan builds on a planning effort that began in 2001. The detailed federal Health and Human Services plan released in November 2005 and the steady spread of a new type of severe influenza in birds (H5N1) prompted the expansion and revision of the Oregon plan. The Oregon Pandemic Influenza Plan is a 'Hazard-Specific Appendix' of the Health and Medical (ESF 8) Annex of the State of Oregon Emergency Plan; it contains information and concepts that are specific for pandemic influenza and is not intended as a stand-alone plan. […] The World Health Organization (WHO) developed a planning framework that describes 3 periods of pandemic threat: Interpandemic (no threat), Pandemic Alert (possible threat), and Pandemic (outbreak started). This plan follows the WHO scheme with the understanding that actual events may not be so easily characterized. The public health response will intensify as a pandemic appears more likely and with the proximity of a new strain of influenza to North America or the Northwest. If a pandemic occurs, the Oregon State Public Health Division (OSPHD) will be the lead state agency in Oregon and will operate under a National Incident Management System compliant Incident Command System, in collaboration with Oregon's 34 local health departments as well as American Indian tribal jurisdictions. Timely and consistent information for the public, hospitals, health care providers and other partners will be coordinated through a Joint Information Center (JIC). OSPHD and local health departments will support hospitals and health care providers in their efforts to provide essential routine care as well as the additional emergency care needed during a pandemic."
2006 Oregon Department of Human Services.
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