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Outbreak Investigation

  • 14 Indicted in Connection with NECC and Nationwide Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
    A 131-count criminal indictment was unsealed Wednesday in Boston in connection with the 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, the Justice Department announced.  Barry J. Cadden, owner and head pharmacist of New England Compounding Center (NECC) and ...More
    December 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Commercially Produced, Prepackaged Caramel Apples
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with public health officials in several states and with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) linked to commercially ...More
    December 19, 2014 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Increase in Raw Milk-Associated Outbreaks
    A study published today in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal shows that the average annual number of outbreaks due to drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk more than quadrupled since the last similar study – from ...More
    December 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • Flexibility in Disease Outbreak Management Could Save Lives and Money
    Research by a team of epidemiologists from the UK and the U.S. has proposed a new approach for responding to and managing disease outbreaks. They say lives and money could be saved if decisions are adapted to relevant information about the dynamics of the current crisis and ...More
    October 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • 130 Lab-Confirmed Cases of Enterovirus D68 in 12 States
    On Sept. 10, 2014, the United States informed the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) about an outbreak of severe respiratory illness associated with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). As of Sept. 16, 2014, 130 laboratory-confirmed cases of EV-D68 ...More
    September 17, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert About Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with hospitals and local and state health departments to investigate recent increases in hospitalizations of patients with severe respiratory illness. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has been detected in ...More
    September 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Expert Explains Enterovirus D68
    A respiratory virus that has sent hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri is causing alarm across the Midwest and beyond. So far, 10 states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for help investigating clusters of the virus that's ...More
    September 9, 2014 Posted in News
  • Respiratory Illnesses Due to Enterovirus D68 Being Investigated in Missouri
    Recently, a pediatric hospital in Kansas City, Mo. has experienced more than 300 cases of respiratory illnesses in their facility. Approximately 15 percent of those illnesses have resulted in children being placed in an intensive care unit. Testing of specimens from ...More
    September 8, 2014 Posted in News
  • Understanding Disease Outbreaks
    Disease outbreaks can come on suddenly or slowly over time, and one University of Alabama at Birmingham global health expert says the heightened sense of awareness they cause is warranted. Currently making headlines is the Ebola virus, which causes a severe, often fatal ...More
    August 14, 2014 Posted in News
  • GHS Releases Preliminary Results of Investigation Into Surgical Infection Outbreak
    An intensive three-month investigation has prompted Greenville Health System (GHS) to install what may be the state’s first bacteriologic point-of-use water filters in a hospital operating room setting in the wake of a surgical infection that affected 15 ...More
    July 23, 2014 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene