A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. It is determined by how the disease spreads, not how many deaths it causes.

For example when a new influenza A virus emerges, a flu pandemic can occur. Because the virus is new, the human population has little to no immunity against it. The virus spreads quickly from person-to-person worldwide.

UWSP monitors pandemic conditions and has Pandemic response plans developed.


World Health Organization Disease Outbreak News (DONs)

World Health Organization Influenza Surveillance and Monitoring

H1N1 Cases Confirmed, June 3, 2009


UWSP Pandemic Plan

WHO - Disease Outbreak News

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