Exercise Benefits / Facts
During the Operation Volusia Virus Exercise members of the Volusia County Medical Reserve Corps and its community partners worked through the activation and management of an Alternative Medical Treatment Site (AMTS) in support of an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
In early June an outbreak of unusually severe respiratory illness is identified in a small village in southern China. At least 25 cases occurred affecting all age groups; 20 patients required hospitalization, five of whom have died. Surveillance in surrounding areas was increased resulting in new cases being identified throughout the province. Viral cultures collected from several of the initial patients are positive for a type of pneumonia.
Samples of the virus are sent to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further characterization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines that the samples are the virus associated with previous outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
For the past six months seven members from the United Congregation of Christ Church based in Daytona Beach have been undertaking missionary work in China. The team departed for home prior to the outbreak being detected.
Several days after returning home five members of the missionary team begin to have serious respiratory problems and are admitted to the hospital. In the meantime, SARS is spreading throughout Volusia County and has infected thousands of people.
Hospitals throughout the region are overflowing with patients and the Volusia County Health Department has declared a local Health Emergency.
The Operation Volusia Virus Exercise was facilitated on the morning of June 11, 2011 in Daytona Beach Florida.
This exercise is an example of the kind of exercises that comprise the nationwide Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative. This initiative provides meaningful exercise opportunities for America’s health system.