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Director of EMS

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Pandemic Preparedness

Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services is engaged in developing pandemic flu preparedness plans by addressing the needed coordination among all levels of government and the private sector.

The Pandemic Flu has complex issues facing EMS, public health departments, business, and the public. Concerns regarding outbreaks of pandemic flu require preparedness efforts to be enhanced.

A pandemic influenza occurs when a virus (usually originating or preexisting in one or more species of bird) evolves or mutates into a form that can infect and also be transmitted by people.

Pandemic diseases have occurred throughout history. One of the worst on record, a strain known as the "Spanish influenza," caused the death of an estimated 40 to 50 million people worldwide in 1918. Less virulent pandemic influenzas occurred in 1957 and 1968, taking a combined 3 million lives. By contrast, in a more typical year, 250,000 to 500,000 people die from influenza or other respiratory-related illnesses.

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After Pandemic plans are completed, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services Education Division will be conducting training and exercises with the entire staff. For more information contact Randy White, Director of Education and Planning.