CDC reports increase in U.S. counties with mosquitoes that can spread Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported an increase last year in the number of U.S. counties with evidence of the Aedes mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. The 2016 data added Aedes aegypti collection records from 38 new counties and Aedes albopictus... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, prevention, Zika

Hearing examines public health response to Zika virus

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on the U.S. public health response to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in infants born to women infected during pregnancy. About 94% of the more than 5,200 Zika cases reported in the continental U.S. since... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, prevention, Zika

AHA voices support for Good Samaritan Health Professional Act

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The AHA today expressed support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876), legislation that would extend liability standards under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to licensed health professionals who volunteer in another state during a disaster. “This legislation is a positive step... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, nurses, preparedness

Oklahoma tornado affects hospital, employees

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Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, OK, was treating injuries from a tornado that swept through the community last night, destroying more than 53 homes and buildings, the Oklahoma Hospital Association reported today. The hospital was on generator power, but did not sustain damage. However,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: preparedness, workforce

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

CDC webinar May 23 on resource management during infectious disease outbreaks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 23 webinar for hospital epidemiologists on resource management and priority setting during infectious disease outbreaks. Part of an Outbreak Response Training Program developed by CDC with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, preparedness

CDC updates Zika testing recommendations for asymptomatic pregnant women

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Pregnant women without Zika virus symptoms who have lived in or traveled to areas with Zika transmission should receive nucleic acid testing for Zika at least once per trimester, in addition to the previously recommended immunoglobulin M testing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, preparedness, Zika

Study estimates potential cost of Zika in certain states, scenarios

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A Zika outbreak that infected from 0.01% to 10% of the population in six U.S. states could cost from $183 million to $10.3 billion, researchers estimate in a study reported last week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The study estimates direct medical costs, Medicaid costs and productivity losses for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Medicaid, preparedness, Zika

CDC announces plan for addressing U.S. shortage of yellow fever vaccine

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday announced a plan for ensuring a continuous supply of yellow fever vaccine for travelers to countries where the virus is endemic or epidemic. Supplies of the only U.S.-licensed vaccine are expected to run out soon due to recent manufacturing problems.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, prevention

CDC updates pre-pandemic planning guidance

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday issued updated guidance on using non-pharmaceutical interventions to control disease and exposure during a flu pandemic. The guidance incorporates the latest scientific evidence and lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, new and updated... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, preparedness, prevention

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