Outbreak Preparedness and Response

An APIC Text Chapter Collection

Now complimentary from APIC in response to COVID-19

These two key chapters from the APIC Text provide vital information on how to prepare for and respond to a variety of events involving infectious diseases, including outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism, pandemics, and natural disasters. They address the principles of successful emergency management—mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery—and the pivotal role of the infection preventionist in coordinating multidepartment and multiagency efforts.*

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Table of Contents

Please note: This Chapter Collection does not address COVID-19 specifically; it addresses more generally the basic principles of outbreak preparedness and response. This content is not intended to supersede guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other official guidance on the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Also, by using the APIC Text, you accept our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and agree to our Disclaimer;  we recommend that you review these pages before using the APIC Text . Thank you!