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Outbreak Investigation

  • Physicians' Concern About Flu Pandemic Highest Since April
    A new national study among 675 physicians revealed that nearly half of physicians (48 percent) reported that the H1N1 influenza virus poses some level of risk for a worldwide catastrophic pandemic, the highest percentage since an April study. The study was conducted last ...More
    July 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • HHS Purchases Additional H1N1 Vaccine Ingredients
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the department will commit $884 million to purchase additional supplies of two key ingredients for potential H1N1 vaccine to further prepare the nation for a potential resurgence of the 2009 H1N1 virus.  “We ...More
    July 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Suggests H1N1 Virus More Dangerous than Suspected
    A new, highly detailed study of the H1N1 flu virus shows that the pathogen is more virulent than previously thought. Writing in a fast-tracked report published today (July 13) in the journal Nature, an international team of researchers led by University of Wisconsin-Madison ...More
    July 13, 2009 Posted in News
  • New Public Health Regulation to Reduce Salmonella Illnesses
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a regulation expected to prevent each year 79,000 cases of foodborne illness and 30 deaths caused by consumption of eggs contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella Enteritidis. The final rule requires preventive measures ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Ambulatory Care: The Challenges for Infection Prevention
    Ambulatory care centers and outpatient surgery facilities all seem like ideal settings to receive healthcare. A patient can be seen, treated and sent back home in half the time of a hospital visit. Therefore, it might appear that the risk of infection would be lower because ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Viruses Resistant to Tamiflu Identified
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed by health authorities in Denmark, Japan and the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, China of the appearance of H1N1 viruses which are resistant to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (known as Tamiflu) based on ...More
    July 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Health Departments Get Mixed Marks for Communicating About Flu
    State and local health departments get mixed marks for efforts to convey information about the H1N1 virus to the public using their Web sites immediately after U.S. officials declared a public health emergency in April, according to a new RAND Corporation study.While 46 of ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Influenza Monitoring by the U.S. Military
    The recent global swine flu outbreak has underscored the critical need for good surveillance and rapid access to epidemiological data. The U.S. military, starting with early monitoring efforts in the 1970s, has developed a broad-based influenza monitoring system. In an ...More
    July 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Few Changed Their Behavior in the Early Stages of the Flu Outbreak
    Few people changed their behavior in the early stages of the swine flu outbreak, finds a study published on today. But the results do support efforts to inform the public about specific actions that can reduce the risks from swine flu and to communicate about the ...More
  • Physicians Say Risk Level Rising for Potential H1N1 Flu Pandemic
    A new national study among 696 physicians revealed that more than one-third of physicians (37 percent) reported that there was "somewhat of a risk" that the H1N1 swine flu could result in a catastrophic pandemic, the highest level since an April study in which 49 percent of ...More
    July 1, 2009 Posted in News