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COCA Email Updates: May 19 - June 2, 2014

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Recent COCA Call/Webinars:

Interim Clinical Guidance and CDC Updates for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has caused severe respiratory illness and death in several countries. All cases have been linked, through residence or travel, to countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula. Epidemiologic investigations have demonstrated that this virus can spread from person to person during close contact, such as within families and healthcare facilities. Investigations of the two imported cases of MERS in the United States are ongoing. During this COCA call, clinicians learned about the latest situation, surveillance, travelers’ health, and updates to CDC clinical guidance for testing, patient evaluation, and infection control.

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CDC Emergency Response - MERS-CoV

Updated: Interim Guidance for Health Professionals – May 22 (CDC)

Healthcare professionals should evaluate patients for MERS-CoV infection if they develop fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after traveling from countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.

Second MERS Case Imported to the United States – May 14 (CDC)

On May 11, 2014, a second U.S. imported case of MERS was confirmed in a traveler who also came to the United States from Saudi Arabia. CDC is working very quickly to investigate this second U.S. case of MERS and respond to minimize the spread of this virus.

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with MERS-CoV – May 15 (CDC)

Standard, contact, and airborne precautions are recommended for management of hospitalized patients with known or suspected MERS-CoV infection.

MERS Preparedness – (CDC)

To aid providers and facilities, CDC has developed two checklists that identify key actions that can be taken now to enhance preparedness for MERS-CoV infection control.

MERS Resources for Healthcare Professionals, Labs, and the General Public – (CDC)

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers – (CDC)

CDC News and Announcements

NEW: Global Health Matters Seminar: The GAVI Alliance: Driving Global Equity in Access to Vaccines– (CDC)

Date:Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Time:1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Bridgeline Information:

  • 866-657-4942 (U.S.)
  • 203-566-6936 (outside U.S.)
  • Passcode: 9969789

Speaker:Robert Newman, MD, Managing Director of Policy and Performance, GAVI Alliance

CDC Science Clips: Volume 6, Issue: 20 – (CDC)

Each week select science clips are shared with the public health community to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge. The focus is applied public health research and prevention science that has the capacity to improve health now.

Public Health Preparedness

NEW: CDC Public Health Matters Blog: Neighbors Helping Neighbors– May 21 (CDC)

When the Fairfax County Health Department in Virginia put out a call for volunteers to help conduct a tuberculosis (TB) contact investigation, Rosalia Parada, a long time Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, jumped at the chance to serve her community. The investigation was sparked when news of three students from Robert E. Lee High School acquired TB around the same time.

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

Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency – (CDC)

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR publications are prepared by the CDC. Electronically Subscribe.

May 29, 2014 / Vol. 63 / Early Release Download .pdf document of this issue

May 30, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 21 Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

NEW: Current Issues in Immunization NetConference: Why Measles Matters – May 22 (CDC)

The United States is experiencing the largest number of measles cases reported by this time in the year since 1994 – a 20-year high. Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that can lead to severe complications and death. Most U.S. cases are associated with importations from countries where measles is still common, including the Philippines where an outbreak began in October 2013. When measles reaches this country, it spreads quickly in unvaccinated populations. The increase in importations and subsequent transmission in certain settings highlights the importance of ensuring age-appropriate vaccination for international travelers and maintaining high vaccination coverage in the United States. There is a need for heightened awareness among healthcare providers regarding the possibility of measles.

NEW: Ten Things to Know about Valley Fever – May 22 (CDC)

Valley fever is a fungal respiratory disease that can be devastating. Learning about valley fever can help you recognize the symptoms early.

Seasonal Influenza

Weekly Flu View – May 17 (CDC)

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

Planning and Preparedness: Health Professionals and Seasonal Flu – (HHS)

Health care providers play an important role during flu season. The following guidance and information will assist health care providers and service organizations to plan and respond to seasonal flu.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – May 23 (US Department of State)

The U.S. Department of State issues Travel Warnings when long-term, protracted conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. Travel Warnings recommend that Americans avoid or carefully consider the risk of travel to that country. The State Department also issues Travel Warnings 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 State Department staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety

NEW: Public Meeting: Proposed Rules on Food Labeling - Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels and Serving Sizes of Foods – (FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a public meeting about two proposed rules that appeared in the Federal Register on March 3, 2014.

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 – (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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