PacNet - PPHSN's early warning system > almost 800 members
for alert & communication
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The discussion list of the PPHSN is primarily meant to serve for outbreak alert to trigger preparedness.
It is also the main PPHSN media for wider communication and coordination. > For more information on PacNet
How to subscribe?
Send a message to [email protected] or a blank email message (without subject) to [email protected]
How to post messages on the list?
PacNet is a forum for communication regarding public health emergencies, including those of international concern. PacNet thus assists in implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) in PICTs.
If an outbreak occurs, a message must be posted very quickly on PacNet – even if not all the information listed below is available – in order to warn health professionals in the region about the potential threat and to encourage preparedness.
Please address the message to [email protected] and use the following format:
· Causative (or suspected) agent
· # of cases: total, severe and fatal
Period of time involved, daily or weekly incidence
Geographical distribution and spreading (where it started and its progress over time)
Age and sex breakdown (& other if relevant: e.g. profession)
· Case definition used and clinical particularities, if any
· Diagnostic methods, # of samples tested, laboratory involved
· Prevailing epidemiological pattern: endemic or epidemic, recent epidemiological history
Measures taken or considered:
· · Additional testing
· · Further investigation (source, risk factors)
· · Public health measures (e.g. immunisation strategy, patient and contact management, vector control,
water and food safety)
Additional resources needed to confirm/monitor/control the outbreak (if any):
· · Reference laboratory assistance
· · Technical advice or assistance (e.g. regional epidemic situation, immunisation strategies,
epidemiological expertise, guidelines for patient management or vector control, protocols for
sample taking and shipment)
· · Material assistance (e.g. vaccines, drugs, bednets, insecticides, health promotion materials)
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