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Volume 23, Supplement—December 2017
Global Health Security Supplement

Sustainable Model for Public Health Emergency Operations Centers for Global Settings

S. Arunmozhi BalajeeComments to Author , Omer G. Pasi, Alain Georges M. Etoundi, Peter Rzeszotarski, Trang T. Do, Ian Hennessee, Sharifa Merali, Karen A. Alroy, Tran Dac Phu, and Anthony W. Mounts
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (S.A. Balajee, O.G. Pasi, P. Rzeszotarski, T.T. Do, I. Hennessee, K.A. Alroy, A.W. Mounts); Cameroon Ministry of Health, Yaoundé, Cameroon (A.G.M. Etoundi); Synergy America, Inc., Duluth, Georgia, USA (S. Merali); Vietnam Ministry of Health, Hanoi, Vietnam (T.D. Phu)

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PHEOC activations illustrating improvements in time to activation, Cameroon, 2015–2016*

Date Outbreak/disaster Type Event/outbreak location Activation time Comments/action taken
2015 Nov–2016 Jan Cholera Infectious disease outbreak Gider District, Cameroon 8 wk Major delays because of lack of coordination and accountability
2016 Mar–Apr Measles Infectious disease outbreak Cameroon 4 wk Delays because of lack of accountability
2016 May–Jun Influenza A(H5N1) Infectious disease outbreak Cameroon 24 h Benefit from lessons learned
for first time. EOC’s Incident Manager is ministry of health staff member who graduated from CDC PHEOC fellowship
2016 Aug Lassa fever Infectious disease outbreak Nigeria 2 wk Outbreak in neighboring country provided opportunity to test preparedness and set up contingency plans for bordering districts
2016 Aug Monkeypox Infectious disease outbreak Cameroon 24 h Collaboration between CDC, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and WHO to provide PPE to government of Cameroon
2016 Sep Zika virus Infectious disease outbreak Latin America 2 wk New opportunity to test preparedness and set up national contingency plan
2016 Oct Camrail train accident National disaster Ezeka, Cameroon 1 h Using PHEOC for other public health–related events that are not infectious diseases
2016 Oct Monkeypox Infectious disease outbreak Central African Republic 24 h Outbreak with human cases and deaths
2016 Nov African Women Cup of Nations National major event Limbé and Yaoundé, Cameroon Pre-event Centre and Littoral Regions’ rapid response teams

*CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; EOC, Emergency Operations Center; PHEOC, public health EOC; PPE, personal protective equipment; WHO, World Health Organization.

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