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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.
COCA Digest: October 3, 2018
Posted on October 3, 2018 | 1:44 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has developed and released the Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The quality improvement (QI) measures provided in the resource are meant to be flexible so that healthcare systems and practice leaders can pick interventions that will work best for their practice and patient population.
Posted on October 3, 2018 | 10:28 am
Candida auris is an emerging yeast that causes healthcare-associated infections. It can be misidentified by laboratories and often is resistant to antifungal medications. Authors affiliated with the New York State Department of Public Health describe an outbreak of C. auris infections in healthcare facilities in New York City, New York, USA. Of the 51 clinical case-patients identified in the study, 45% died within 90 days and isolates were resistant to fluconazole for 98%. Eleven percent (11%) of screening cultures performed were C. auris positive. Environmental cultures were positive for samples from 15 of 20 facilities.
Posted on October 1, 2018 | 12:11 pm
Influenza remains a serious threat to children due to its potential to cause serious morbidity and mortality. More than 175 flu-associated deaths in children were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the 2017-2018 influenza season. Clinicians play a critical role in taking action to immunize children, the children's family members and caregivers, and themselves. The early use of antiviral drugs in children can reduce the duration of symptoms and prevent serious complications of influenza. However, immunization remains the most effective way to prevent influenza illness and its complications, including death. During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC will discuss strategies primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve flu prevention and control in children for the 2018-2019 season. The presenters will share AAP and CDC recommendations about influenza vaccination and antiviral treatment, including updated recommendations for the use of intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4) in children.
Posted on September 27, 2018 | 3:00 pm
Exposure to flood waters does not increase the risk of tetanus, so tetanus immunization campaigns are not needed for evacuees from flooding disasters. However, during evacuation and flood cleanup, emergency responders, cleanup workers, volunteers, and residents may be at increased risk for wounds, such as puncture to the skin, cuts, bruises, lacerations, scrapes, or other skin injuries that become contaminated with flood waters, human or animal waste, soil, dirt, or saliva. These workers and residents should make sure they are up-to-date with tetanus vaccination before starting cleanup activities.
Posted on September 21, 2018 | 3:41 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies in response to recent hurricanes. Clinicians assessing patients affected by Hurricane Florence should be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, hepatitis A, vibriosis, and influenza.
Posted on September 20, 2018 | 5:20 pm
COCA Learn: September 19, 2018
Posted on September 19, 2018 | 10:55 am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Wednesday, September 12 to coordinate 24/7 all CDC activities for public health needs before, during, and after Hurricane Florence, including the deployment of resources and personnel, as requested.
Posted on September 13, 2018 | 2:50 pm
COCA Digest: September 5, 2018
Posted on September 5, 2018 | 4:17 pm
CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to kosher chicken. Seventeen people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- have been reported from four states, and eight people have been hospitalized, including one death reported from New York. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page.
Posted on August 30, 2018 | 11:43 am
Routine, annual influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications has been recommended by CDC and CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) since 2010. This latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) updates the 2017-18 ACIP recommendations regarding the use of seasonal influenza vaccines and provides recommendations and guidance for vaccine providers regarding the use of influenza vaccines for the 2018-19 season.
Posted on August 24, 2018 | 3:06 pm
From January 1 to July 14, 2018, CDC received reports of 107 people with measles in 21 states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) and the District of Colombia. This is not a current, multi-state measles outbreak, despite recent media outlet reporting.
Posted on August 17, 2018 | 3:30 pm
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