Saturday, August 2, 2014

Situational Awareness: Public Heath Infections in the U.S.

As emergency managers many individuals in your community are having concerns regarding the Ebola pandemic affecting West Africa (WA), and with the recent transport of infected U.S. citizens transported to the U.S. from the African continent.

In order to address the fear, and rumor control of those returning individuals and the West African outbreak.  Deadly diseases and infections are prevalent in the U.S. and have infected groups within America, but in not as large a number of individuals infected and unable to recover from infection in WA.

Annually public school districts, college and university campuses in the U.S. and internationally address endemic virus and bacterial outbreaks on their campuses and have plans to address these issues and in some cases result in the closing of campuses after monitoring and treatment of those infected is completed.

Pre-planning, preparation, and recovery planning are key factors in addressing small, medium, and large numbers of infected individuals within any community by public health, clinic, laboratory detection, hospitals, and infection control organizations worldwide.  Each entity working together to address local and national public health issues.

1.     Rare Seawater ‘Flesh-Eating’ bacteria kills 35 a year.
2.     Flesh eating bacteria infects Washington, D.C. area man.


Recommend a good visual ‘Hollywood’ film from the 1950’s.
            -Panic in the Street (1950). 
A doctor and a policeman in New Orleans have only 48 hours to locate a killer infected with pneumonic plague




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Disability in the Arab Region: An Overview

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Disability in the Arab Region: An Overview

Disability in the Arab Region: An Overview
PHOTO: UN Photo/Albert González Farran
On 26 May 2014, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), launched the technical material “Disability in the Arab Region: An Overview,” in partnership with the League of Arab States. The launch took place during a regional seminar on disability policies in Arab countries in light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was organized by the Sultanate of Oman and the League of Arab States in Muscat on 26-27 May.
The technical material strives to explore the situation of persons with disabilities not in isolation, but in the context of the societies in which they live. As such, it focuses on presenting data on persons with disabilities, which allows for the examination of the magnitude of existing inequalities and the particular barriers faced by persons with disabilities in Arab societies.
The findings of this technical material highlight a number of key trends in the region:
  • Disability prevalence rates among Arab countries ranges from 0.4 per cent to 4.9 percent;
  • Substantial progress has taken place at the policy level, as overarching institutional and legal frameworks related to disability have expanded significantly over recent years;
  • Persons with disabilities in the Arab region continue to experience more limited access to employment opportunities and quality education than their peers without disabilities;
  • Certain groups, such as women with disabilities, appear to face additional barriers to participating in social and economic life, especially in accessing education and employment opportunities.
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CDC: HAN 364: Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease

HAN 364 is now available at http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00364.asp
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CDC HEALTH ADVISORY

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
August 1, 2014 20:00 ET (8:00 PM ET)
CDCHAN-00364
Summary
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). 
To date, no cases have been reported in the United States. The purpose of this health update is 
    1) to provide updated guidance to healthcare providers and state and local health departments regarding who should be suspected of having EVD, 
    2) to clarify which specimens should be obtained and how to submit for diagnostic testing, and 
    3) to provide hospital infection control guidelines.
                                                                                                                      
U.S. hospitals can safely manage a patient with EVD by following recommended isolation and infection control procedures.

Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, hospital epidemiologists, infection control professionals, and hospital administration, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.
Background
CDC is working with the World Health Organization (WHO), the ministries of health of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and other international organizations in response to an outbreak of EVD in West Africa, which was first reported in late March 2014. As of July 27, 2014, according to WHO, a total of 1,323 cases and 729 deaths (case fatality 55-60%) had been reported across the three affected countries. This is the largest outbreak of EVD ever documented and the first recorded in West Africa.

EVD is characterized by sudden onset of fever and malaise, accompanied by other nonspecific signs and symptoms, such as myalgia, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea. Patients with severe forms of the disease may develop hemorrhagic symptoms and multi-organ dysfunction, including hepatic damage, renal failure, and central nervous system involvement, leading to shock and death.

The fatality rate can vary from 40-90%.

In outbreak settings, Ebola virus is typically first spread to humans after contact with infected wildlife and is then spread person-to-person through direct contact with bodily fluids such as, but not limited to, blood, urine, sweat, semen, and breast milk. The incubation period is usually 8–10 days (ranges from 2–21 days). Patients can transmit the virus while febrile and through later stages of disease, as well as postmortem, when persons touch the body during funeral preparations.

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Black Emergency Managers Association  
We Support the GC

1231  Good Hope Road  S.E.

Washington, D.C.  20020

Office:   202-618-9097 

bEMA 

“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas












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