:: Identifying Events
In addition to directly receiving information from Member States, the Alert and Response Operations team continuously screens informal or unofficial information sources to detect events or situations that may threaten international public health and for which Member States may require assistance. The Alert and Response Operations team gathers official reports and identifies rumors of suspected public health events from a wide range of sources.
:: Initial Screening of event information
Information obtained from unofficial or informal event information undergoes an initial screening, referred to as the initial risk assessment. A risk assessment is not considered complete until the event is verified by the Member State.
:: Verifying Information
After the initial detection of an event is made from informal or extraofficial sources ARO verifies the information with the Member State. Requests for verification are sent to the Member State’s National IHR Focal Point (NFP).
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