What is a health alert?
A health alert is a notice sent by a public health agency by email or fax about a disease outbreak, recommended guidelines for treatment or an environmental threat like a chemical spill. When the health alert shared quickly with health care professionals it can help control disease and even save lives. When unusual disease symptoms show up or there is an event that may endanger the health of the community, the people who work to protect the health of our community need to know. And, fast!
Who gets a health alert?
A network, including public health professionals, epidemiologists, doctors, hospitals, emergency responders, nursing homes, other health care providers and ECHO receive health alerts.
A health alert is not a public notice.
What information is in a health alert?
· The possible cause of the symptoms
· Groups or individuals who are being affected
· Recommendations for disease treatment, control, and prevention
· Web links to more detailed information
What does a Health Alert Network (HAN) provide?
· Rapid sharing of scientific information
· Identification of disease patterns and spread
· Education of health care providers
· Shared information about treatment and prevention
What are the benefits of a HAN?
· Strengthens local health departments by connecting them to other health care providers
· Provides an early warning system
· Offers high-speed, around the clock connection between network members
To stop the spread of disease by destroying the source of the outbreak, removing an ill person from a workplace or providing medicine and preventative vaccine to people who have been infected.
A sudden increase in disease occurrence in a community.
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To stop a disease from starting or spreading with practices including good handwashing, providing clean drinking water or providing vaccines.
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