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As industrial hygienists today, we are faced with a myriad of issues that have expanded our role. This includes new technologies, terrorism, emergency preparedness and response, and emerging infectious diseases such as SARS, plague, and influenza. Of particular concern to many governments, public health officials, and medical providers, is the possibility of a pandemic. A pandemic is a global outbreak that occurs when, for example, a new influenza virus causes serious human illness and spreads easily from person to person