CDC issues guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus in health care

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus for health care personnel. The document provides guidance for facilities to determine when health care personnel should be tested for Zika virus infection following an occupational... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, nurses, preparedness, workforce, prevention, Zika

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

HHS awards contract to develop new diagnostic test for Zika

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has awarded an $8.9 million contract to further develop an automated laboratory diagnostic test for Zika virus, the second such test to receive funding from the agency’s Advanced Research and... read more

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

AHA urges Congress to provide resources to investigate, prevent cyber attacks

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The AHA today urged Congress to provide law enforcement and other appropriate agencies with the resources to investigate cyber attacks and proactively prevent them. In a statement shared with members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for a hearing on... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness, HIPAA

CDC reports birth defects in 1 in 10 pregnant women with confirmed Zika

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Birth defects were reported in 10% of the 250 completed pregnancies with laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infection reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry in 2016, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than 30 times higher than... read more

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

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

President releases budget blueprint for 2018 discretionary spending

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President Trump today submitted to Congress his proposed budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, which provides top-line numbers for discretionary spending only. The president requests $69 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $15.1 billion or 17.9% decrease from the 2017 annualized... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, preparedness, workforce, appropriations, opioids, prevention

CDC: Avian flu outbreak in Tennessee poultry poses low risk to humans

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Department of Health to minimize any human health risk posed by an H7N9 avian flu outbreak in commercial poultry in Lincoln County, TN, the agency said yesterday. According to USDA, the virus is... read more

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

CDC reports increase in human infections from avian flu virus in China

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China has reported 460 human infections with the H7N9 avian flu virus since last October, more than in any year since the novel virus emerged there in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. During the prior years, 88% of patients developed pneumonia, 68% were admitted to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

Council issues updated active shooter guide for health care settings

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The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council has issued an updated guide to help health care facilities plan for and respond to an active shooter. The new edition includes additional information on providing care in areas where a potential threat exists but is not direct or immediate, law... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

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