Friday, November 13, 2009

WHO releases revised interim planning considerations for mass gatherings

WHO released an 8-page document outlining revised guidance for event planners.

In the document, entitled Interim planning considerations for mass gatherings in the context of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza, authors recommend that event planners conduct a thorough risk assessment, in partnership with local and national public health authorities, prior to the event.

Highlighted considerations include:
  • Level of influenza activity
  • Period of time over which the gathering will take place - this has implications for when event-based cases would begin experiencing signs and symptoms of the flu (e.g., during the event if the event lasts longer than 2-3 days [the typical incubation period for flu] vs. afterward for events with shorter durations), and the type of resources (e.g., health care professionals, essential medical supplies/equipment, etc.) planners should have on hand during the event
  • Age of participants
  • Occurrence of severe disease and health care capacity

The guidance document can be downloaded free of charge at:

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