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Annual UW Disaster Exercise. Part 1. November: Rural Vietnam. An outbreak of severe respiratory illness hits Vietnam. More than 30 cases, affecting all age groups 25 people hospitalized 10 deaths. Clusters. Surveillance Identifies New Cases in the Region.

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november rural vietnam
November: Rural Vietnam

An outbreak of severe respiratory illness hits Vietnam.

  • More than 30 cases, affecting all age groups
  • 25 people hospitalized
  • 10 deaths
surveillance identifies new cases in the region


Surveillance Identifies New Cases in the Region
  • Person-to-person transmission is suspected.
  • Viral cultures test positive for type A influenza.
  • The strain is a new type of flu.
initial response to the outbreak
Initial Response to the Outbreak
  • WHO & CDC disseminate information through the Health Alert Network (HAN).
  • Development of a vaccine begins.
  • News media throughout the world prominently feature this story.
  • U.S. officials get regular briefings on the situation.
december 15 outbreak spreads


December 15: Outbreak Spreads
  • New strain is identified as H7N3.
  • Cases of H7N3 reported throughout S.E. Asia.
  • Young adults disproportionately affected.
  • Fatality rates approach 25%.
  • Vaccine not ready & antiviral drugs limited.
  • No cases reported in the U.S. yet....
local response
Local Response
  • Local health departments, WA DOH, and CDC are on heightened alert for signs of a local outbreak.
  • PHSKC disseminates fact sheets and personal protection advisories.
  • Social distancing measures are discussed.
  • Employers and schools are asked to report increases in absenteeism.
winter holidays approach
Winter Holidays Approach
  • Port Authority increases surveillance of holiday travelers.
  • UW campus activities wind down as students and faculty leave for winter break.
message 1

December 15

Message 1
  • PHSKC contacts Hall Health to discuss increased surveillance.
  • Advisory Committee for Communicable Disease (ACCD) notifies Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director.
  • All UW administrative units are asked for a status report on plan implementation.
message 2

December 15

Message 2
  • Absenteeism is increasing among students and staff.
  • Visits to Hall Health climb.
  • All UW units are asked to report absenteeism figures.
message 3

December 15

Message 3
  • PHSKC recommends adoption of personal protection measures.
  • ACCD advises UW units to implement protection measures.
message 4

December 15

Message 4
  • Students, faculty, and staff express concern about start of winter quarter.
  • UW officials consider delaying the start of winter quarter.
  • UW officials request input on this decision from your unit.
  • You must report within two days—no later than Friday, December 17.