If a subdistrict-level epidemic risk assessment had triggered district-level interventions in Kombissiri, meningitis surveillance and microbiologic testing could have been intensified (alert phase
) and epidemic control measures could have been implemented (epidemic phase) up to 6 and 8 weeks earlier, respectively, by using epidemic response guidelines in use at the time and up to 2 weeks earlier by using 2014 guidelines.
Among them 2 (2.1%) were in the alert phase
, 89 (93.7%) in the resistance phase and 4 (4.2%) at the almost exhaustion phase.
However, the WHO has yet not caused the pandemic alert phase
Experts say more information is needed before making a decision on a possible change to the WHO's pandemic alert phase
, which is currently at level three on a scale of one to six.
I began to gain this experience and develop these processes when the 1-338th Training Support Battalion sent me to assist the 829th Engineer Team during the alert phase
of its preparation for OIF 1 in February 2003.
Training always began with an alert phase
, followed by either a ground or an airmobile movement of the Alpha and portions of the Bravo response units to the incident location.
In the Alert phase
, deployments to the site from the United States are suspended except as directed.
In response to a question on pandemic alert phase
change, Dr Chan explained that the definition of WHOs influenza preparedness phases was developed against backdrop of H5N1 avian flu.
The WHO's graded alert phases
for influenza pandemics may imply but do not take into account the severity (as measured by deaths) of the pandemic.
The other counties are in normal or alert phases
, with the trend generally being either stable or improving.