Epidemics and Pandemics

While the chances of an epidemic, such as Ebola, spreading across the US is slight, it is important that the nation’s transit agencies learn more about these viruses and how to recognize the symptoms.  The documents linked below were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies and are resources you may utilize within your systems to ensure a knowledgeable workforce.  Provided for you are four CDC Ebola fact sheets and posters that you may post in your drivers’ lounge area or other common area.  In addition, there are a number of articles and informational pieces listed including, Infection Control Guidelines for Cabin Crew Members on Commercial Aircraft that, while developed for the aviation industry, does provide some procedural items of interest and relevance for any provider of passenger transportation. Finally, we encourage you to please work with your local health departments or state and local emergency operations personnel for locally relevant direction and resources.

General Resources

A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response (NCHRP Report 769)

Travel and Transport Risk Assessment: Interim Guidance for Public Health Authorities and the Transport Section (World Health Organization)

WMATA Exposure Control Plan

WMATA Infectious Disease Prevention

Influenza Resources

Flu.gov

Homeland Security Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Response and Recovery (pdf)

Interim Guidance for Cleaning Transit Stations During an Influenza Pandemic

King County Metro Pandemic Flu Plan

King County Metro Pandemic Flu Preparedness

Ebola Resources

FTA Statement on Ebola

Updated October 16, 2014: Key Messages – Ebola Virus Disease

For the CDC’s “Ebola Update” and other resources

Ebola Factsheet

Facts about Ebola for US citizens

Facts About Ebola

What You Need to Know Ebola

CDC: Ebola

CDC: Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

APTA: Ebola Virus Talking Points

Measures for Prevention of Ebola in Liberia (National Transit Authority)

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States (CDC)

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