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COCA Email Updates: June 4 - June 18, 2012

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CDC News and Announcements

"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to highlight prevention activities. The series features research and program activity from CDC. Please access, use, and share this information broadly with your colleagues and partners.

CDC Scienceclips: Volume 4 – Jun 12 (CDC)
Each week, to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge, selected science clips will be posted for the public health community. The focus is applied public health research and prevention science that has the capacity to improve health now.

Public Health Preparedness

Nearly half of U.S. adults were not receiving key preventive health services before 2010 – Jun 14 (CDC)
Only about half of U.S. adults received selected preventive services such as screenings, consultations and prescriptions, from a health care professional before 2010, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ATSDR's Toxic Substances Web Portal – Jun 11 (CDC)
ATSDR’s redesigned Toxic Substances Web Portal makes it easier for researchers and citizens to find information about toxic chemicals and related health effects. Learn how toxic substances can affect health and how to prevent exposure.

Keep Kids Safe and Healthy This Summer – Jun 11 (CDC)
Summer’s a great time to relax and have fun. Whether they are young children or teens, keep kids safe and healthy this summer, at home, play, while traveling, and wherever else they may be.

Emergency Preparedness and Response – (CDC)
Find resources for All Hazards and Specific Hazards preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources Page for Clinicians – (CDC)
Find online and in-person training centers and resources.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

NEW:2012 Hurricane Health & Safety Tips - Have a Plan to Evacuate – Jun 11 (CDC)

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Wildfires – (CDC)
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Know whether you are at risk and protect yourself.

Tornadoes: Being Prepared – (CDC)

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal

EID is prepared by the CDC. EID Home Page
Volume 18, Number 7 – July 2012
Highlights in this issue include

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

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June 15, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 23Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Weekly Flu ViewJun 15 (CDC)
During week 23, 6.3% of all deaths reported through the 122-Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to pneumonia and influenza. This percentage was below the epidemic threshold of 7.1% for week 23.

Pertussis: A known villain. Are you protected? – Jun 11 (CDC)

E. coli Infection – Jun 10 (CDC)
Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. Learn about E. coli and what you can do to help lower the risk of infection.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – Jun 15 (US Department of State)
Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety

FoodSafety.gov Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – Jun 15 (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)

FDA approves new combination vaccine that protects children against two bacterial diseases – Jun 14 (FDA)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Menhibrix, a combination vaccine for infants and children ages 6 weeks through 18 months, for prevention of invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups C and Yand Haemophilus influenzae type b.

Update:Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Dry Dog Food – Jun 13 (CDC)

NEW:Multistate Outbreak of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli O145 Infections – Jun 11 (CDC)
CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli serogroup O145 (STEC O145) infections. Public health investigators are using DNA "fingerprints" of E. coli bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, or PFGE, to identify cases of illness that may be part of this outbreak.

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