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Public Health Emergency

Date of Publication

3/5/2010

Definition

An occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition that may be caused by a biological incident, manmade or naturally occurring; the appearance of a novel, previously controlled, or eradicated infectious agent or biological toxin; natural disaster; chemical attack or accidental release; radiological or nuclear attack or accident; high-yield explosive detonation; and/or zoonotic disease. An occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition that may pose a high probability of a significant number of deaths in the affected population considering the severity and probability of the event; a significant number of serious or long-term disabilities in the affected population considering the severity and probability of the event; widespread exposure to an infectious or toxic agent, including those of zoonotic origin, that poses a significant risk of substantial future harm to a large number of people in the affected population; and/or health care needs that exceed available resources. And/or an occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition that may require notification to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a potential Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).


Source of Definition

DoDI 6200.03 Public Health Emergency Management within the Department of Defense

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

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