Outbreak Investigation


  • Combining Commitment and Technology to Control the Transmission of Acinetobacter
    Acinetobacter and Long-term Acute CareLong-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) provide an important segment in the continuum of care for a small population (estimated 2 percent to 3 percent) of acute care patients.1 These patients are medically complex, and are dependent on ...More
  • Face Protection Effective in Preventing Flu Spread
    A new article in the journal Risk Analysis assessed various ways in which aerosol transmission of the flu, a central mode of diffusion which involves breathing droplets in the air, can be reduced. Results show that face protection is a key infection control measure for ...More
    May 20, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • WHO Influenza A(H1N1) Update for May 19
    As of  May 19, 40 countries have officially reported 9,830 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 74 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). For a breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country, CLICK HERE. ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Pandemic Passenger Screening
    Four major U.S. national laboratories have worked together to develop a computer model to help airport authorities screen passengers for pandemic influenza. The tool can help estimate false negatives, people with influenza who slip through the screening process, and so ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • Risk Perception and Infectious Diseases
    With the current outbreak of flu, and in the absence of a vaccine or treatment at present, the only way to contain the virus is to get people around the world to take precautionary measures. In a special editorial in the latest issue of the International Journal of ...More
    May 19, 2009 Posted in News
  • WHO Says Concern Over Flu Pandemic is Justified
    Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), made the following statement before the 62nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland today: “Over the past three decades, the world has, on average, been growing richer. People have, on ...More
    May 18, 2009 Posted in News
  • Immune Response to Influenza Predicted by Mathematical Model
    Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a mathematical model to predict immune responses to infection with influenza A viruses, including novel viruses such as the emergent 2009 influenza A (H1N1). This model examines the contributions of specific sets of ...More
    May 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Flu Pandemic Planning Needed to Ensure Adequate Care for Pregnant Women and Newborns
    Pregnant women and newborns are at greatest risk in a flu epidemic, but more planning must be done to ensure that they receive priority treatment should an outbreak occur, according to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and University of Pittsburgh study. The ...More
    May 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Published Studies Back Use of Latex Gloves in Swine Flu Kits
    Amidst measures being taken to address the swine flu (H1N1 virus) outbreak, Operation USA and other groups are distributing precautionary kits that contain face masks and natural rubber latex gloves, according to the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC). There ...More
    May 12, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Researchers Study the Human Factor in Spread of Pandemic Illness
    By Susan PolowczukIndustrial engineers Sandra Garrett of Clemson University and Barrett Caldwell of Purdue University have proposed a new system to warn of an impending pandemic by monitoring signals in human behavior. The system could result in using a simple icon on a ...More
    May 12, 2009 Posted in News