WHO investigating Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The World Health Organization is investigating an Ebola outbreak in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eighth in the African nation since the virus was discovered there in 1976. As of Saturday, 11 suspected cases and three deaths have been reported since April 22. “The... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Ebola, preparedness

Report proposes steps to improve clinical research response to epidemics

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Mobilizing a rapid and robust clinical research program to explore whether investigational therapeutics and vaccines are safe and effective to combat the next epidemic will depend on strengthening capacity in low-income countries for response and research, engaging people living in affected communities,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Ebola, preparedness

CDC announces workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness

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Beginning this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Ebola Training & Education Center will offer two free training workshops on emerging infectious disease preparedness for clinicians, health care workers and public health officials. For details and to register, visit ... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, Ebola, nurses, preparedness

CDC proposes changes to quarantine regulations for communicable diseases

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today issued a proposed rule amending its domestic and foreign quarantine regulations to aid in responding to outbreaks of new or reemerging communicable diseases. Among other proposals, the rule would codify implementation activities related to traveler... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Ebola, preparedness, regulation, prevention

DeSalvo stepping down from dual role as national coordinator for health IT

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Starting tomorrow, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo, M.D., will transition out of her dual role as national coordinator for health information technology, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today. Vindell Washington, M.D., currently principal deputy at the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Ebola

Panel issues recommendations to bolster federal response to public health threats

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An independent panel appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services to capture lessons learned from the agency’s response to Ebola today issued recommendations to enhance the federal response to international and domestic public health threats. The report calls for increased coordination within... read more

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Tags: Ebola, preparedness

HHS announces last Ebola regional treatment center

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The California Department of Public Health and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles will serve as the last of 10 regional treatment centers for patients with Ebola and other severe, highly infectious diseases, the Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday. They are part of a ... read more

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Tags: Ebola, preparedness

NIH program to train health care and other workers on infectious disease safety

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Eight organizations have received grants to provide environmental infection control and hazard recognition training to health care and other workers with the potential for exposure to high-risk infectious diseases, the National Institutes of Health announced yesterday. “A few years ago, very few of us had... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Ebola, preparedness, workforce, Zika

WHO reports Ebola death in Liberia, case cluster in Guinea

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The World Health Organization today reported an Ebola death in Liberia, which it called the third “flare-up” of the disease since the nation’s outbreak was declared over last May. Guinea also is responding to a new cluster of cases, the agency said. WHO this week declared that the West African Ebola... read more

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Tags: Ebola, preparedness

CDC issues interim guidance, resources for safe care of Ebola survivors

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released interim guidance and additional resources for U.S.-based health care providers caring for individuals who have survived the Ebola virus disease. According to CDC, the Ebola virus can persist for several months after acute infection in organs... read more

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Tags: Ebola, preparedness

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