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This model practice outlines how the East Metro Health District in Georgia established the Standardization Subcommittee of the Metropolitan Atlanta Surveillance Task Force (MASTF). MASTF was originally created in response to the West Nile virus outbreak and developed a plan for public education, environmental monitoring, and disease surveillance. The Standardization Subcommittee was established to develop standardized protocols for managing infectious diseases and other health threats. Included are details regarding responsiveness and innovation of the program, agency and community roles, costs, elements in implementation, and sustainability.
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