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COCA Email Updates: March 26 – April 9, 2012

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Available for download: April 9, 2012 COCA Email Update

COCA News and Announcements

Recent COCA Conference Calls/Webinars

Epidemiology and Clinical Features of Lyme Disease

2011-2012 Influenza Season: Antiviral Medication Recommendations

Additional COCA Conference Calls
Free CE credit/contact hours (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most COCA calls.

CDC News and Announcements

CDC's Second Nutrition Report – (2012)
CDC released its Second Nutrition Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population. CDC's Second Nutrition Report covers 58 biochemical indicators and shows us what the actual levels of nutrition indicators are in the general population. CDC's Division of Laboratory Sciences measured these indicators in blood and urine samples collected from participants in CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The report gives nutritionists, clinicians, and public health officials access to critical nutrition data and can be used to assess rates of inadequate or excess intake in the U.S. population and population subgroups. Access the report and executive summary online to learn more!

Nutrition Report website

Executive Summary

"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to highlight prevention activities. The series features research and program activity from CDC. Please access, use, and share this information broadly with your colleagues and partners.

CDC Scienceclips: Volume 4 – Apr 03 (CDC)
Each week, to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge, selected science clips will be posted for the public health community. The focus is applied public health research and prevention science that has the capacity to improve health now.

Public Health Preparedness

Get CDC Health Tips & Alerts via Text Message – Apr 09 (CDC)
Mobile technology is revolutionizing how CDC communicates important health information. Sign up to receive text message alerts and weekly health tips.

Disabilities: Emergency Preparedness Training – Mar 26 (CDC)
For the millions of Americans with disabilities, emergencies such as fires and floods present real challenges. Learn how people with disabilities, their families, and first responders can plan ahead for safety during a disaster.

Bombing and Blast Injury Care and Response – Mar 26 (CDC)
A blast or bombing can wreak havoc in a moment's notice, producing mass casualties with complex, technically challenging injuries not commonly seen after natural disasters. Learn how to save lives and build resilience.

Emergency Preparedness and Response – (CDC)
Find resources for All Hazards and Specific Hazards preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources Page for Clinicians – (CDC)
Find online and in-person training centers and resources.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Wildfires – Mar 30 (CDC)
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Know whether you are at risk and protect yourself.

Key Facts About Flood Readiness – Mar 27 (CDC)

Tornadoes: Being Prepared – (CDC)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

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April 6, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 13Download .pdf document of this issue

March 30, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 12Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases


Weekly Flu View – Apr 06 (CDC)
During week 13, 7.2% of all deaths reported through the 122-Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to pneumonia and influenza. This percentage was below the epidemic threshold of 7.8% for week 13.

Flu and Heart Disease & Stroke – Mar 28 (CDC)


TB in Children in the United States – Apr 06 (CDC)
TB disease in children under 15 years of age (also called pediatric tuberculosis) is a public health problem of special significance because it is a marker for recent transmission of TB. Also of special significance, infants and young children are more likely than older children and adults to develop life-threatening forms of TB disease (e.g., disseminated TB, TB meningitis). Among children, the greatest numbers of TB cases are seen in children less than 5 years of age, and in adolescents older than 10 years of age.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – Mar 19 (US Department of State)
Travel Warnings are issuedwhen long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – Apr 09 (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)
For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries, visit

Food Safety at Fairs and Festivals – Apr 09 (CDC)
A fun summer activity is attending fairs, festivals, carnivals, and rodeos. Follow these tips to have a safe cooking, eating, and drinking experience at those events.

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly Infections – Apr 06 (CDC)
CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella serotype Bareilly infections. Salmonella Bareilly is an unusual serotype of Salmonella.

FDA and ISMP Work to Prevent Medication Errors – Apr 05 (FDA)
FDA has formed a partnership with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices to protect consumers from preventable mistakes in the labeling, packaging, prescribing and dispensing of medicines.

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