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There has been increasing public health emphasis upon the management of global disease threats. In particular, it has been suggested that, judging from the historical rate of incidence, a severe worldwide influenza pandemic is likely to be imminent (Lazzari & Stohr, 2004; Webby & Webster, 2003; Webster, 1997). Such an event carries the potential to cause widespread social and economic disruption. This risk therefore gives rise to a range of institutional and public expectations and reactions. A climate of heightened vigilance and surveillance, and both pre-emptive and reactionary health measures, result.