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The most commonly referenced containment measures applied on an individual level are isolation and quarantine. However,
public health containment measures are much broader than simply
isolation and quarantine, and include measures that can be applied at
both the individual and the community level. Community containment
measures that can be employed in an outbreak include suspending school,
public transportation and public gatherings, as well as limiting
travel. The Legal Toolkit for Public Health Professionals provides templates and guidelines for public
health orders as well as the supporting legal documents to enforce
those orders should that become necessary.
Hypothetical scenarios were created to guide the development of
templates for each of the containment measures listed above. These
scenarios have been provided with each set of templates as it may
illuminate the assumptions that drove the creation of the documents.
Most of the scenarios refer to the containment of influenza like
illness. In light of the current H1N1 pandemic this most likely
situation in which the documents will be used.
This tool was created as part of the Public Health Preparedness mini-grant entitled "Innovative Solutions in Public Health Preparedness" in 2009.
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