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COCA Email Updates: July 16 - July 30, 2012

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COCA News and Announcements

Upcoming COCA Calls/Webinars

COCA Call/Webinar: Methadone for Pain Management: The Clinician’s Role in Reducing the Risk for Overdose

Date/Time:Wednesday, August 1, 2012; 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)

Call Number:888-790-6180


Join this call and interact with subject matter experts as they review the epidemiology of methadone overdoses in the United States and discuss guidelines for appropriate opioid prescribing.

Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction

Date/Time:Tuesday, August 21, 2012; 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT)

Call Number:800-619-2685


Join this call and interact with a CDC subject matter expert and learn about the importance of disaster risk reduction for reducing adverse health effects of disasters and how application of the basic tenets of preventive medicine and public health can result in a more humane and cost-effective approach to emergency management.

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 Vision for Public Health Surveillance in the 21st Century – July 27 (CDC)
Public health surveillance in the U.S. has evolved from simply monitoring infectious diseases to tracking the occurrence of many noninfectious conditions. As the topics of surveillance have evolved, so too have surveillance methods, spurred by advances in technology. View the summary from the deliberations of CDC scientists who met in September of 2009 to recommend a strategic framework for advancing public health surveillance in the 21st century.

"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 Science Clips: Volume 4, Issue 29 – July 23 (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

NEW:Public Health Matters Blog: Startling Facts You Should Know About Disaster Preparedness – July 27 (CDC)
A recent national poll by Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation surveyed 1,000 Americans about their personal preparedness behaviors and the results show that we’re not ready

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

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources for Clinicians – (CDC)
A resource for scheduled and on-demand emergency preparedness and response trainings offered by federal agencies and COCA partners.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Safety Information for Health Care Professionals – (CDC)
Resources for clinicians related to hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery.

Tornadoes: Being Prepared – (CDC)

Extreme Heat: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety – (CDC)
Excessive heat wave is affecting the U.S. from the Rockies to the East Coast. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Learn how to stay safe.

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal

EID is prepared by the CDC. EID Home Page
Volume 18, Number 8 – August 2012
Highlights in this issue include

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR publications are prepared by the CDC. Electronically Subscribe
July 27, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 29Download .pdf document of this issue

July 20, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 28Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Weekly Flu View – July 21 (CDC)
During week 29, 5.6% 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 6.6% for week 29.

CDC Reports Cases 14-17 of H3N2v Infection; Shares Advice for Safe Fair-Going – July 27 (CDC)
The state of Indiana this week reported the first novel influenza virus outbreak associated with a fair this season. Following reports of ill swine and humans during a fair in Indiana from July 8-14, samples were taken from swine and humans. Genetic testing confirmed that the viruses found in humans and those found in swine are nearly identical, and both have the M gene from the pandemic H1N1 virus. These cases bring the total number of detected infections with the H3N2v virus containing the pandemic M gene in the United States since 2011 to 17.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – July 27 (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.

NEW:Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Ground Beef – July 23 (CDC)
CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections. A total of 33 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 7 states.

NEW:Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Hadar Infections Linked to Live Poultry – July 23 (CDC)
CDC is collaborating with public health and agriculture officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Poultry Improvement Plan, and Veterinary Services to investigate an outbreak of human Salmonella Hadar infections linked to chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry from Hatchery B in Idaho. As of July 19, 2012, a total of 37 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Hadar have been reported from 11 states.

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program – (HHS/USFDA)
Your FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – July 30 (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)
For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries, visit

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