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COCA Email Updates: November 9, 2015 – November 23, 2015

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Available for download: November 23, 2015, COCA Email Update


COCA News and Announcements

Recent COCA Calls/Webinars:

Title: How to Prevent and Control Pediatric Influenza

Date:Thursday, October 1, 2015

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 – CDC Response to 2014 Ebola in the United States and West Africa

NEW: New Page for Ebola Survivors
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has resulted in more Ebola survivors than ever before. Many of these survivors suffer from persistent medical conditions after recovery from Ebola.
The large number of Ebola survivors gives us the chance to better understand how Ebola affects people who have recovered, and to advise survivors on how to take care of themselves and their communities. CDC is working with partners to set up survivor support activities in West Africa to reduce the risk of Ebola reintroduction, help with survivors’ unique medical and psychological needs, and strengthen health systems. As CDC learns more, we will continue to update our guidance.  

NEW: World Health Organization Declares Sierra Leone Free of Ebola Virus Transmission 
On November 7, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Sierra Leone free of Ebola virus transmission.  

updated: Case Counts

CDC News and Announcements

CDC Science Clips: Volume 7, Issue: 46 – (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

NEW: Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter  

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.

November 20, 2015 / Vol. 64 / No. 45 Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Seasonal Influenza

NEW: Pregnant? Get a Flu Shot!  

What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season

Information for Health Professionals

Weekly Flu View – November 7 (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.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – November 19 (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

NEW: Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 Infections Linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill in Washington and Oregon – (CDC)
37 people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26) have been reported to CDC PulseNet from Washington (24) and Oregon (13). Laboratory testing is continuing. CDC is now only reporting ill people that have been confirmed by PulseNet as being infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26.

NEW: FDA moves quickly to approve easy-to-use nasal spray to treat opioid overdose – (FDA)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan nasal spray, the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

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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