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CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) has developed partnerships with national clinician organizations to facilitate communication regarding disease outbreaks and terrorism events. CDC communicates with its clinician partners via monthly conference calls and weekly e-mail updates.
Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella enterica serotype Typhi (Typhi). Typhi is an important public health problem in developing countries. The estimated global burden of Typhi is 12 to 27 million cases annually. During 2016-2018, an extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Salmonella Typhi strain-only susceptible to azithromycin and carbapenems-emerged in Pakistan. More than 5,300 cases have been reported in the ongoing outbreak. During 2016-2018, typhoid fever was diagnosed in 29 patients in the United States with recent Pakistan travel; 5 had XDR Typhi. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends pre-travel vaccination and adherence to safe food and water practices to prevent typhoid fever. Empiric azithromycin should be used to treat patients with suspected, uncomplicated typhoid fever who have traveled to or from Pakistan. Carbapenems should be used for patients with suspected severe or complicated typhoid fever who have traveled to or from Pakistan. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about CDC recommendations for diagnosing, managing, and preventing XDR typhoid.
Posted on March 4, 2019 | 3:21 pm
COCA Learn: February 20, 2019
Posted on February 20, 2019 | 9:04 am
Cholera is a disease spread by drinking water or eating food contaminated with toxigenic Vibrio cholerae bacteria. Severe cholera is characterized by large amounts of watery diarrhea, often described as "rice-water stool" because it can have a pale, milky appearance. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If untreated, the loss of fluid can be deadly. But simple treatment, including replacing lost body fluids, can lower mortality to less than 1%. From 2010 through 2014, 91 cases of cholera were confirmed in the United States among people who had traveled internationally in the week before illness onset. Of these, 75% were associated with travel to the Caribbean, and 10% were associated with travel to India or Pakistan. Cholera can be prevented by heeding food and water precautions and receiving cholera vaccine before travel. During this COCA Call, CDC travel medicine subject matter expert and infectious diseases physician Dr. Kristina Angelo and food and water expert Dr. Erin Conners will: - Highlight critical information about cholera biology and prevention; - Discuss strategies primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to decrease the likelihood of cholera illness in their patients; and - Review CDC resources on the epidemiology of cholera vaccine to use in clinical decision making about offering vaccine to patients.
Posted on February 7, 2019 | 1:00 pm
COCA Digest: February 6, 2019
Posted on February 6, 2019 | 10:52 pm
Influenza activity in the United States is increasing and is expected to continue at elevated levels for several more weeks. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses have been most common this season; influenza A(H3N2) and influenza B viruses are also circulating. In the southeastern part of the country, influenza A(H3N2) viruses have been most commonly reported this season. Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months and older and is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially serious complications. Available evidence consistently indicates that antiviral treatment initiated as early as possible can be a useful second line of defense to treat influenza illness when indicated and can reduce severe outcomes of influenza. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about 2018 - 2019 influenza activity and hear an overview of CDC's recommendations for health care providers regarding influenza vaccination and the use of influenza antiviral medications for the 2018 - 2019 influenza season, including a new antiviral medication approved by the FDA in October 2018.
Posted on February 5, 2019 | 1:00 pm
Antibiotic resistance (AR) has the potential to impact all Americans at every stage of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leader in the fight against this global threat. Through its AR Solutions Initiative, CDC works with partners to drive aggressive action and empower the nation to comprehensively respond.
Posted on January 17, 2019 | 12:17 pm
COCA Learn: January 16, 2019
Posted on January 16, 2019 | 1:38 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new data that so far during the 2018-2019 season between about 6 and 7 million people have been sick with flu, up to half of those people have sought medical care for their illness, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized from flu. This is the first time these estimates-which cover the period from October 1, 2018 through January 5, 2019-are being provided during the flu season. CDC has estimated the burden of flu since 2010.
Posted on January 11, 2019 | 12:20 pm
The Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, is emphasizing the importance of protecting our children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. A great concern is the recent surge in e-cigarette use among youth, which has been fueled by new types of e-cigarettes that have recently entered the market.
Posted on January 10, 2019 | 12:30 pm
COCA Digest: January 2, 2019
Posted on January 2, 2019 | 1:59 pm
COCA Learn: December 19, 2018
Posted on December 19, 2018 | 10:00 am
COCA Digest: December 6, 2018
Posted on December 6, 2018 | 11:02 am
SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides the latest estimates on substance use and mental health.
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Posted on October 12, 2017 | 4:25 am
Every September, as a part of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA celebrates people who have achieved long-term recovery from mental and substance use disorders and those who provide treatment and recovery services.
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Posted on October 11, 2017 | 1:00 pm
Dr. McCance-Katz is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. This position was created under the 21st Century Cures Act and will support behavioral health priorities including the opioid epidemic.
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Posted on August 28, 2017 | 12:15 pm
SAMHSA seeks to integrate and enhance trauma-informed approaches in behavioral healthcare.
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Posted on August 11, 2017 | 3:30 am
SAMHSA launched a redesigned NREPP Learning Center to support the use of research to improve behavioral health.
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Posted on August 7, 2017 | 6:30 am
SAMHSA is working with the VA and DoD to enhance informed prescribing practices and prevent misuse with veterans and military service members that can result in overdose or death.
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Posted on June 12, 2017 | 5:00 am
This week individuals, communities, and organizations focused on "making each day count" - this year's theme for Prevention Week.
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Posted on May 22, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Series highlights efforts underway to stimulate collaborations that address trauma.
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Posted on May 16, 2017 | 12:00 pm
The Olympians shared how they would isolate during periods of depression and what helped them recover.
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Posted on May 16, 2017 | 9:30 am
Five key self-care tips for health care professionals.
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Posted on May 3, 2017 | 11:00 am
Systems of Care adopts The Open Table model to work with faith-based community organizations.
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Posted on April 17, 2017 | 11:00 am