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COCA Email Updates: June 30 – July 14, 2014

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Available for download:July 14, 2014, COCA Email Update

COCA News and Announcements

Upcoming COCA Calls/Webinars:

Love the Pets, Not the Germs: CDC Update on Enteric Zoonoses

Date:Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Dial In Number:888-913-9971 (U.S. Callers); 212-547-0138 (International Callers)s)



Enteric illnesses are common, costly, preventable, and increasingly attributable to animal contact. Animals provide many benefits to people; however, even clean and healthy animals may be responsible for spreading germs such as salmonella, E.coli O157:H7, and cryptosporidium, which are some of the frequent causes of diarrheal illness in children and adults. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about enteric zoonoses and the “One Health” approach to helping patients prevent illness and maintain optimal health.

Recent COCA Calls/Webinars:

Record High US Measles Cases: Patient Vaccination, Clinical Assessment and Management

Date:Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Additional COCA Conference Calls

Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most calls. More information about free CE.

CDC News and Announcements

NEW:CDC Vital Signs: Opioid Painkiller Prescribing: Where You Live Makes a Difference – July 1 (CDC)

Health issues that cause people pain don't vary much from place to place—not enough to explain why, in 2012, health care providers in the highest-prescribing state wrote almost three times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions per person as those in the lowest prescribing state in the United States or why there are twice as many painkiller prescriptions per person in the United States as in Canada.

CDC Science Clips: Volume 6, Issue: 27 – (CDC)

Each week select science clips are shared with the public health community to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge. The focus is applied public health research and prevention science that has the capacity to improve health now.

Public Health Preparedness

NEW:Blast Injury Mobile Application – (CDC)

Within seconds, explosions can cause chaos, yet few health professionals in the United States have experience with mass casualty explosive events. To address this gap, CDC consolidated up-to-date clinical guidance about blast injuries into an easy-to-use mobile application. Download the CDC Blast Injury Mobile Application for free from the App Store.

Emergency Preparedness and Response - (CDC)

Find preparedness resources for all hazards.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources for Clinicians – (CDC)

Find online and in-person training resources.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency – (CDC)

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR publications are prepared by CDC. Electronically Subscribe.

July 11, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 27 Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Seasonal Influenza

Weekly Flu View – June 28 (CDC)

Flu View is a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by CDC Influenza Division. All data are preliminary and may change as CDC receives more reports.

Planning and Preparedness: Health Professionals and Seasonal Flu - (HHS)

Health care providers play an important role during flu season. The following guidance and information will assist health care providers and service organizations to plan and respond to seasonal flu.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings - July 11 (US Department of State)

The U.S. Department of State issues Travel Warnings when long-term, protracted conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. Travel Warnings recommend that Americans avoid or carefully consider the risk of travel to that country. The State Department also issues Travel Warnings 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 State Department staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program – (FDA)

MedWatch is your Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – (HHS/USDA/FDA/CDC/NIH) lists notices of recalls and alerts from both FDA and USDA. Visitors to the site can report a problem or make inquiries.

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