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Influenza and Viruses

Quality, Safety & Oversight Group- Emergency Preparedness General Guidance

Guidance for Surveyors, Providers and Suppliers for Natural Disaster Preparedness

In 2014, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) manifested as a public health crisis internationally, and tested our national preparedness on disease control, such as related to virus outbreaks. Providers and suppliers faced a variety of challenges during the wake of the virus, which included basic care and treatment of patients with EVD; segregation; infection control; waste management; personal protective equipment (PPE) and more. Additionally, influenza such as the H1N1 pandemic, H3N2v in the United States, Zika Virus and others have reemphasized the need for disease control, prevention and preparedness.

The downloadable section includes a variety of resources related to viruses and diseases which may assist providers and suppliers in their planning and preparedness. In keeping with the all-hazards methodology, infectious diseases pose a threat to the community, healthcare workers as well as national response and recovery efforts.

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