International Disease Surveillance Mechanism for 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) in Taiwan

Shiang-Yun Huang

2009 Vol.25 NO.10

Correspondence Author: Jen-Hsiang Chuang


After the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus was reported from North American countries in April 2009, Taiwan is also encountering the global impact of 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1). In order to keep track of first hand information, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) gathers the most updated news from official health authority websites as well as international organizations regarding H1N1 flu, and then publishes on CDC website.
This article focused on 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) surveillance mechanisms adopted by Taiwan CDC, and to diagram the major ideas of “Multiple-Entry, Single-Exit”. The review also provides readers to understand communication between different departments in government to achieve message consistency.
Keywords: 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1), communicable disease surveillance, IHR (International Health Regulations), surveillance mechanism, lateral communication