National Avian Influenza Surveillance Guidelines

In 2007 two editions of the guideline were published within the framework of the project Strengthening Surveillance, IEC and Procurement Planning to address Avian Influenza in Georgia. The guidelines provide comprehensive recommendations addressed to the Georgian health system workers on how to promptly identify report, confirm, and classify potential cases of avian influenza in humans; analyze data; investigate and respond to the cases and outbreaks; improve other aspects of early warning system for humans. These guidelines are the most appropriate for the current and the next stages of pandemic preparedness (phases 3 to 4 of the World Health Organization [WHO] Pandemic Alert Period) and are designed primarily for health personnel working at the regional public health centers. In addition to general recommendations, the guidelines include specific sections devoted to the communication with the public infection control in health facilities.

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