Public Health


  • FDA Issues Update on Salmonella Montevideo Outbreak Investigation
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, continues to work closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health and other states ...More
    February 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC to Monitor Reactions and Errors Associated with Blood Transfusions
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched the first national surveillance system to monitor adverse events in patients who receive blood transfusions. The CDC is encouraging healthcare facilities across the country to enroll in this new surveillance ...More
    February 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • Majority of TB Patients Do Not Complete Therapy
    New research shows that less than half of patients starting treatment for latent TB infection (LTBI) actually complete therapy. Researchers from several major medical institutions, including Boston University School of Public Health, found that at 32 clinics in the United ...More
    February 17, 2010 Posted in News
  • Gastrointestinal Absorption of Tamiflu in Critically Ill Patients with H1N1
    An increased dosage of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for patients with critical illness is unlikely to be required in the treatment of pandemic (H1N1) influenza, contrary to current international guidelines, found a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal ...More
    February 16, 2010 Posted in News
  • Mumps Outbreak Continues in New York and New Jersey
    State and local health departments in New York and New Jersey, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), continue to investigate a mumps outbreak that began in New York in June 2009. The index case occurred in a boy aged 11 years who had ...More
    February 12, 2010 Posted in News
  • IDSA: President's FY 2011 Budget Falls Far Short on Infectious Diseases Programs
    The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) says it is disappointed that President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget fails to strengthen key U.S. public health and research initiatives, and adds that the nation's ability to prevent, diagnose and treat an ...More
    February 5, 2010 Posted in News
  • Lab First to Confirm Salmonella in Nationwide Outbreak
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo.Testing conducted by the Hygienic Laboratory at ...More
    January 27, 2010 Posted in News
  • Progress in Global Public Health in the Last Decade
    In her opening speech to the executive board at its 126th session, Margaret Chan, MD, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), addressed the earthquake response in Haiti and also reviewed the international response to the current H1N1 influenza pandemic, ...More
    January 18, 2010 Posted in News
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week Announced
    National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, is slated for Jan. 10-16, 2010. The event is also designed to foster greater use of the flu vaccine after the holiday ...More
    January 6, 2010 Posted in News
  • CDC Releases Report on Hepatitis C Outbreak
    According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nevada State Health Division Bureau, the 2008 hepatitis C outbreak at a Las Vegas colonoscopy clinic and associated properties was “preventable” and “costly.” ...More
    December 22, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization