The introduction section of an outbreak surveillance plan should list the agencies involved in the surveillance activities as well as the goals of the surveillance plan and any pertinent background information. If possible, map(s) should be included in this section of the surveillance plan to show the geographic area(s) affected by the surveillance activities.
Participating agencies and their rolesList the agencies (federal, State, local) that are known to be involved in the outbreak. This can be expanded later on, so do not worry if the list is not complete in the first draft. Some of the resources that may be helpful for completing this subsection of the surveillance plan are:
If APHIS is taking the lead in responding/managing the response, then this sentence may be included: “The Emergency Management Response System (EMRS) database will be used to manage the [insert disease] outbreak.”
Describe the goals that the surveillance is intended to accomplish. For example, the immediate goals might be to (1) determine the extent of the current outbreak of the highly contagious disease in question, i.e. detect all infected premises (and all diseased animals), and (2) establish the appropriate outbreak surveillance disease control Areas/Zones. Another goal might be to maintain business continuity.
Provide map(s) of the State(s) in which the outbreak is occurring. Include location of premises currently known to be involved in the outbreak as well as other reference points such as county lines and cities/towns.
Tip: Do not spend too much time on this section initially; you can add content to this section later as more details are learned.