Large-scale outbreaks of disease can result in an emergency. For a list of recent outbreaks and incidents, click here.
The U.S. public health system and primary healthcare providers prepare to address various biological agents, including pathogens that are rarely seen in the United States. High-priority agents include organisms that pose a risk to national security because they:
- can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person;
- result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact;
- might cause public panic and social disruption; and
- require special action for public health preparedness.
Category A Biological Agents include:
Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
Other Types of Emergencies
For more information, contact the Emergency Preparedness Program at (410) 996-5113.