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A pandemic is an infectious disease that can spread through the human populations over a large area.
When a pandemic occurs it can spread rapidly to all communities in Ontario triggering all levels of government to implement their pandemic contingency plans. Response measures will be determined by the available treatments, the severity of the illness, and the efficiency of transmission from human to human.
Appropriate planning can reduce the number of people who become ill from a pandemic. It is critical that every jurisdiction be prepared to act quickly and effectively to contain the spread of a pandemic and limit its impact.
For more information on pandemics and pandemic planning visit The Public Health Agency of Canada.