Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:38
Enterovirus-D68(EV-D68) Frequently Asked Questions
October 6, 2014
What are enteroviruses?
Enteroviruses(EV) are common viruses; there are more than100 types. It is estimated that 10-15 million EV infections occur in the US each year. Most people infected with EV have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. The spread of EV is unpredictable and different types of EV can be common in different years with no pattern. People are more likely to get infected with EV infections in the summer and fall.
What is Enterovirus-D68(EV-D68)?
Enterovirus-D68(EV-D68) is a type of EV first detected in 1962 in California. EV-D68 is thought to occur less often than other types of EV.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:00Read more: Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) Frequently Asked Questions
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:48
CDC and Texas Health Department Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.
Hospitalized patient had recently returned from West Africa; active contact tracing underway
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20.
The person fell ill on Sept. 24 and sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on Sept. 26. After developing symptoms consistent with Ebola, he was admitted to hospital on Sept. 28. Based on the person’s travel history and symptoms, CDC recommended testing for Ebola. The medical facility isolated the patient and sent specimens for testing at CDC and at a Texas lab participating in the CDC’s Laboratory Response Network. CDC and the Texas Health Department reported the laboratory test results to the medical center to inform the patient. Local public health officials have begun identifying close contacts of the person for further daily monitoring for 21 days after exposure. A CDC team was dispatched to Dallas this morning.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:40Read more: CDC and Texas Health Department Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 16:48
The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins June 1
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
With the devastation to Moore, Oklahoma caused by a gigantic tornado that touched down on Tuesday May 20 still a major focus of attention, and the memory of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in September 2012 still fresh in people’s minds, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging people to prepare for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1. In addition, the week of May 26 through June 1 is officially designated as National Hurricane Preparedness Week.
Therefore, the feature story for this issue of the Forum Newsletter is given over to preparedness tips and suggestions from FEMA.
FEMA’s ready.gov website provides information on how to prepare for hurricanes. They provide the following tips and suggestions:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 16:47Read more: Hurricane Season Began June 1st
Created on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:12
Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
May 3, 2014, 16:30 (4:30 PM ET)
Confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
(MERS-CoV) Case in Indiana, 2014
The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States, identified in a traveler, was reported to CDC by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on May 1, 2014, and confirmed by CDC on May 2. The patient is in a hospital in Indiana after having flown from Saudi Arabia to Chicago via London. The purpose of this HAN is to alert clinicians, health officials, and others to increase their index of suspicion to consider MERS-CoV infection in travelers from the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, and infection preventionists, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:13Read more: CDC Health Advisory MERS-CoV
Created on Friday, 24 May 2013 17:45
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 17:49Read more: Essex County Public Health Conducts Emergency Preparedness Exercise
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