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COCA Email Updates: September 22 – October 6, 2014

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Available for download: October 06, 2014, COCA Email Update


COCA News and Announcements

Recent COCA Calls/Webinars:

Neurologic Illness with Limb Weakness in Children

Date:Friday, October 3, 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 Emergency Response – 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

NEW: An Open Letter to All U.S. Healthcare Professionals from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

NEW: CDC Press Conference: Press Briefing Transcript: CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas, TX, from Liberia.

NEW: CDC Health Alert Network (HAN): CDC Health Advisory: Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials

Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, and infection control specialists, as well as to emergency departments, urgent care centers, and microbiology laboratories.

NEW: CDC Ebola Microsite for healthcare workers now available

CDC has created an Ebola microsite specifically for U.S. healthcare workers featuring the most current Ebola content, guidance and resources for healthcare practitioners. The embed code for this microsite is available in CDC’s new syndication site, the Public Health Media Library. Please contact IMTech@cdc.gov for technical support.

CDC Ebola Case Definition

Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness

Clinical Care in U.S. Healthcare Settings:

Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare Settings

Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Patients with Suspected Infection with Ebola Virus Disease

Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals

Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus

Monitoring and Movement recommendations

Sequence for Removing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Emergency Medical Services Systems:

Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

CDC News and Announcements

CDC Science Clips: Volume 6, Issue: 39 – (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

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.

October 3, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 39 Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

NEW:CDC Health Alert Network (HAN): CDC Health Advisory: Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Children’s Hospital Colorado to investigate a cluster of nine pediatric patients hospitalized with acute neurologic illness of undetermined etiology.

Seasonal Influenza

Weekly Flu View – September 29 (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 - October 3 (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.

FoodSafety.gov Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – (HHS/USDA/FDA/CDC/NIH)

Foodsafety.gov lists notices of recalls and alerts from both FDA and USDA. Visitors to the site can report a problem or make inquiries.

The CDC and HHS logos are the exclusive property of the Department of Health and Human Services and may not be used for any purpose without prior express written permission. Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organizations.

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