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COCA Email Updates: May 7 - May 21, 2012

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Improving Disaster Planning in Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies – May 8 (CDC)

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

NEW:Name for the COCA E-mail Distribution Listserv
COCA E-mail distribution list has a new name, COCA subscribers now receive COCA Updates, Conference and TrainingAnnouncements, CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Messages, Clinical Reminders, and COCA Call Announcements through the new listserv. COCA no longer distributes E-mails through CDC-Clinician Terrorism Training Listserv or CDC-Clinician Terrorism Update Listserv. Visit the COCA website and update your COCA subscriber contact information

CDC News and Announcements

"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: 19 – May 14 (CDC)
Each week select science clips are shared with the public health community to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge. This week’s Science Clips features scientific articles related to the growing threat of multidrug-resistant gonorrhea, and what actions public health, clinicians, and at-risk people can take.

Public Health Preparedness

HHS Announces Available Funding for Construction, Renovation of School-based Health Centers – May 9 (HHS)
School-based health centers are an important component of the nation’s health care safety net. The centers enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend school as well as help to improve the overall health and wellness of children and adolescents through health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities. By making the connection to health care easy, school-based health centers ensure that children have access to the services they need to lead healthy lives.

2012 Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases – May 8 (CDC)

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

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

CDC Public Health Matters Blog – (CDC)
CDC shares stories on preparing for and responding to public health events.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Wildfires – (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.

Tornadoes: Being Prepared – (CDC)

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal

EID is prepared by the CDC. EID Home Page
Volume 18, Number 6 – June 2012
Highlights in this issue include

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

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May 18, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 19Download .pdf document of this issue

May 11, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 18Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases


Weekly Flu View – (CDC)
During week 19 (May 6-12, 2012), influenza activity declined nationally and in most regions, but remained elevated in some areas of the United States.

Final Estimates for 2009–10 Seasonal Influenza and Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccination Coverage – United States, August 2009 through May, 2010 – May 13 (CDC)

Infectious Diseases

WHO Reports Some Progress Toward Millennium Goals for Infectious Diseases – May 16 (WHO)
The World Health Organization (WHO) described mixed results in the battles against major infectious diseases, in an update on progress toward the health components of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The goals were set by the UN in 2000, with targets for 2015.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) – What You Need To Know – May 14 (CDC)
Pertussis (whooping cough) is very contagious and can cause serious illness―especially in infants too young to be fully vaccinated. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for children, teens, and adults, including pregnant women.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease – May 14 (CDC)
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and children. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease. But, you and your family can take simple steps to reduce your risk.

CDC Tuberculosis (TB) Spanish Website is Now Available – May 14 (CDC)

Hepatitis Awareness – May 14 (CDC)
Take CDC’s new online Hepatitis Risk Assessment. Answer a few questions and then you will receive personalized viral hepatitis testing and vaccination recommendations.

Viral Hepatitis Updates from CDC – May 11 (CDC)
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. During the month of May, CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH) will be observing Hepatitis Awareness Month and the first ever national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th.Buttons, badges, and banners are ready to download and use on emails and websites.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – May 8 (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 – May 17 (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)
For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries, visit

Food Allergies: What You Need to Know – May 15 (FDA)

Update:Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly Infections Associated with a Raw Scraped Ground Tuna Product – May 17 (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. A total of 316 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly (304 persons) or Salmonella Nchanga (12 persons) have been reported from 26 states and the District of Columbia.

Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Dry Dog Food – May 11 (CDC)
CDC is collaborating with public health and agriculture officials in multiple states and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an ongoing multistate outbreak of human Salmonella Infantis infections. A total of 15 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 9 states. Additionally, one ill person has been reported from Canada.

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