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Epidemiological Investigation and Surveillance Plan- Arlington County


This 22-page Epidemiological Investigation and Surveillance Plan was created in 2005 as evidence for Goal 1, Measure 1 of Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) by Arlington County Public Health Division

The plan provides:

  • Definitions;
  • Reasons for investigation and surveillance, and factors that influence how to investigate a case or outbreak;
  • The investigation process (including confirmation, diagnosis verification, creation of a case definition, active surveillance, data collection, specimen collection and management, and control measures); and
  • Considerations and procedures for Isolation and Quarantine.

This resource was created based on the 2004 Criteria.

A number of local public health preparedness practitioners have commented that the plan provides a good resource for any size health department. In particular, reviewers have praised the positioning of definitions near the front of the plan. Other local health departments can use this tool as a template to develop their own plans because the planning stages are explained systematically. 

Primary Toolkit:

PPHR Toolkit

Keyword Area:

All-Hazards, Epidemiology, Laboratory, Project Public Health Ready


200,000 - 299,999

Institutional Author:

Arlington County Health Department, VA





Five most recent user comments

3 Stars of 5 - Useful
EPI Investigation / Surveillance Plan
By Paula Anderson
A clear outline of Epi investigation and surveillance processes that remains a valid resource / template for other LHDs.

3 Stars of 5 - Useful
Epi Investigation and Surv Plan - Arlington
By Dean BeLer
Good tool as a resource.

3.5 Stars of 5 - Useful
Arlington County Epi Plan
By Amanda Bogard
Good overview of what an epi plan should cover.  Not many details specific for response.

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