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COCA Email Updates: August 27 - September 10, 2012

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COCA News and Announcements

Upcoming COCA Call/Webinar

NEW:Principles of Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction

Date/Time:Tuesday, September 18, 2012; 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)

Call Number:800-619-2685


Conference Number:PW8191467

Please join us for this COCA call where a subject matter expert will discuss the principles for effective, efficient and orderly process for disaster planning.

Recent COCA Call/Webinar

West Nile Virus: Information and Guidance for Clinicians

Date:Thursday, August 30, 2012

Learn about the epidemiology, modes of transmission, clinical features, appropriate use of diagnostics, and treatment and prevention options for West Nile virus infections.

Additional COCA Conference Calls
Free CE credit/contact hours (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most COCA calls.

CDC News and Announcements

NEW:CDC Features: Team Up. Pressure Down – September 5 (CDC)
In September 2011, public and private organizations united in an unprecedented commitment to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 through clinical and community interventions. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended team-based care for blood pressure control. CDC and pharmacists are joining together to help people better manage their high blood pressure, through the new pharmacy-focused effort called Team Up. Pressure Down.

"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 Science Clips: Volume 4, Issue 35 – September 4 (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

NEW:CDC Features: September is National Preparedness Month – August 31 (CDC)
September 2012 marks the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA. The goal is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks. Preparedness Month is supported by a coalition of public, private and non-profit organizations that help spread the preparedness message. Here are some preparedness resources for healthcare providers:

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

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

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal

EID is prepared by the CDC. EID Home Page
Volume 18, Number 9 – September 2012
Highlights in this issue include

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR publications are prepared by the CDC. Electronically Subscribe

September 7, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 35Download .pdf document of this issue

August 24, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 34Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases


Weekly Flu View – (CDC)
This is a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by CDC Influenza Division. All data are preliminary and may change as CDC receives more reports.


NEW:CDC Health Advisory: Yosemite National Park Hantavirus Outbreak – September 7 (CDC)
As of September 6, 2012, The National Park Service (NPS) announced that there were 8 confirmed cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in visitors who stayed at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park since June of this year. The purpose of this Health Alert Network Advisory is to inform state health departments and health care providers to be alert to the possibility of HPS in patients who may have had recent exposure to rodents or a history of travel to Yosemite National Park during this period.

West Nile Virus: Information and Guidance for Clinicians – (CDC)
Resources for clinicians related to West Nile Virus epidemiology, clinical description, treatment, and prevention.

CDC Fact Sheet – West Nile Virus (WNV) Infection: Information for Clinicians – (CDC)
WNV is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. This fact sheet contains important information that can help you recognize and prevent WNV.

Update:West Nile Virus (WNV) Human Infections Reported to ArboNET, by State, United States, 2012 – September 4 (CDC)

Public Health Matters Blog: West Nile Virus: Recent Surge in Cases Sparks Concern in Texas – August 16 (CDC)
West Nile virus season is off to an early start this year, which doesn’t bode well for what’s to come. Most West Nile virus exposures in the United States occur from July through October, with a peak during the first two weeks of August. The virus has been appearing in many parts of the country, but almost half of the cases are in Texas and the numbers are rising.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – September 7 (US Department of State)
Travel Warnings are issuedwhen 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

NEW:Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Infections Associated with Mangoes – August 30 (CDC)
A total of 105 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup have been reported from 16 states. No deaths have been reported.

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program – (HHS/USFDA)
Your FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – August 27 (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)

For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries.

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