PacNet - PPHSN's early warning system > more than 900 members

 for alert & communication 


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The discussion list of the PPHSN is primarily meant to serve for outbreak alert to trigger preparedness.

It is also the main PPHSN media for wider communication and coordination. 


How to subscribe?

Send a message to [email protected] or a Subject email message: Join Pacnet to [email protected]

How to post messages on the list?

PacNet is a forum for communication regarding public health emergencies, including those of international concern. PacNet thus assists in implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) in PICTs.


If an outbreak occurs, a message must be posted very quickly on PacNet even if not all the information listed below is available in order to warn health professionals in the region about the potential threat and to encourage preparedness.


Please address the message to [email protected] and use the following format:


Outbreak description:

     Causative (or suspected) agent

     # of cases: total, severe and fatal


  • Period of time involved, daily or weekly incidence 

  • Geographical distribution and spreading (where it started and its progress over time)

  • Age and sex breakdown (& other if relevant: e.g. profession) 

     Case definition used and clinical particularities, if any

     Diagnostic methods, # of samples tested, laboratory involved

     Prevailing epidemiological pattern: endemic or epidemic, recent epidemiological history


Measures taken or considered:

          Additional testing

          Further investigation (source, risk factors)

          Public health measures (e.g. immunisation strategy, patient and contact management, vector control,

        water and food safety)


Additional resources needed to confirm/monitor/control the outbreak (if any):

          Reference laboratory assistance

          Technical advice or assistance (e.g. regional epidemic situation, immunisation strategies,
    epidemiological expertise, guidelines for patient management or vector control, protocols for
    sample taking and shipment)

          Material assistance (e.g. vaccines, drugs, bednets, insecticides, health promotion materials)

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