CDC awards $200 million to fight infectious diseases

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today awarded more than $200 million to help states, cities, counties and territories prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases. The funds include $77 million to help state health departments fight antibiotic-resistance threats and enhance the CDC’s... read more

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Tags: preparedness, resource use, Zika

HRSA awards $7 million to support Zika care in territories

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today awarded $6 million to help repay student loans for 104 clinicians committed to serving three years in high-need communities affected by the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the... read more

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Tags: child health, maternal health, Zika

CDC updates Zika guidance for providers caring for pregnant women

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday issued updated recommendations for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. In the updated guidance, CDC no longer recommends the routine testing of women with possible recent exposure to Zika virus but... read more

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Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

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

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CDC reports 5% birth defect rate in women with Zika in U.S. territories

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About one in 20 women in the U.S. territories who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy had a baby or fetus with associated birth defects, consistent with earlier findings from primarily travel-associated infections in the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported... read more

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Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, Zika

CDC updates Zika guidance for Miami-Dade County

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday lifted the “Zika cautionary (yellow) area” designation for Miami-Dade County, FL, citing no new cases of local transmission for more than 45 days. While there are no longer any travel recommendations related to Zika virus in the county, women and men... read more

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Tags: maternal health, infant health, 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

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Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, prevention, Zika

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

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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

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Tags: population health, Medicaid, preparedness, Zika

CDC: Zika cases in Brazil highlight need for enhanced epilepsy surveillance

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Seizures and epilepsy were reported last year in some infants in Brazil with probable or laboratory evidence of congential Zika virus infection, according to a commentary co-authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in JAMA Neurology. In a study of 48 infants with probable congenital Zika... read more

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Tags: maternal health, infant health, Zika

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