Public Health


  • 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
  • CDC Expert to Present H1N1 Update at Annual APIC Meeting
    Michael Bell, MD, medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will provide conference attendees with important updates and further CDC guidance related to the H1N1 flu virus at the 36th annual educational conference and international meeting of ...More
    May 8, 2009 Posted in News
  • Public Health Emergencies Offer Teachable Moments
    Responses during times of medical emergencies and stress offer opportunities for adults and children to teach and learn. Educational resources available from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) of the UniformedServicesUniversity of the Health Sciences (USU) ...More
    May 6, 2009 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene, Hand Hygiene
  • H1N1 Influenza Cases Update
    The total U.S. count as of the morning of May 10 for H1N1 virus infection is 2,532 confirmed cases and 2 deaths. To access the state-by-state data from the CDC, CLICK HERE.For a global update from the WHO issued on May 5, CLICK HERE.For the top 20 ...More
    May 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Swine Flu Lessons Learned: Was All This Really Necessary?
    Joel Keehn, senior editor of Consumer Reports, provides the following op-ed commentary: Now that the worst may be over in Mexico and the swine (H1N1) flu virus doesn't seem to be much more contagious than seasonal flu, some folks—such as Jack Cafferty on CNN—are ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Public Health Laboratories Respond to Flu Outbreak
    With regard to pandemic influenza, public health laboratories recognized the importance of planning a long time ago. Proactive preparations, and help from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mean ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News
  • Infectious Disease Experts Praise CDC’s Response to Flu Outbreak
    Anne Gershon, MD, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), made the following statement today: “In week two of the current H1N1 or 'swine flu' epidemic, we are hearing some Monday-morning quarterbacking about whether it was right to raise ...More
    May 5, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Hand Hygiene Monograph Released by The Joint Commission
    To help healthcare organizations target their efforts in measuring hand hygiene performance, The Joint Commission is releasing “Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence: Overcoming the Challenges.”           The ...More
    May 1, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Infection Preventionists Urge Public to Stay Calm, Heed Advice About Swine Flu
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today encouraged the public to remain calm, listen to public health authorities and follow common sense health precautions during the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus outbreak.“This is the ...More
    April 30, 2009 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Nurses Call for Broader Action to Combat Flu
    The nation's largest organization of registered nurses today called for broader, national action to promote containment and prevention of a wider swine flu pandemic.While welcoming the Obama administration's call on Congress Tuesday to allocate $1.5 billion for combating ...More
    April 29, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions