The Establishment, Maintenance and Operation of Communicable Disease Control Medical Network

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.20170613.33(11).002

Hai-Yun Ko, Peng Guo, Yi-Chien Chih, Su-Mei Chou, Chang-Hsun Chen

2017 Vol.33 NO.11

Correspondence Author: Hai-Yun Ko

  • Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan


The Communicable Disease Control Medical Network (CDCMN) was established in 2003 in response to the need for isolation and treatment of patients infected with the emerging, highly contagious and fatal disease, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The operation of the network was reviewed and adjusted according to the response and experience of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and the avian influenza A (H7N9) epidemics to meet the challenges of prevention and control for emerging infectious diseases. This article introduced the concept of establishment, framework and operation of CDCMN, followed by the review and adjustment of its evolving role, as well as the comparison of medical networks in other countries, providing disease control personnel with a better understanding of the role, position and operation of CDCMN.

Keywords:Communicable Disease Control Medical Network, Response and Preparedness for Emerging Infectious Diseases