U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services. Public Health Emergency Weekly Report. October 14, 2016
From the ASPR Blog:
Better preparing for future Ebola outbreaks globally
Ebola outbreak of 2014 highlighted the urgent need for drugs that could
help patients survive infection and that could be used to help limit the
spread of this deadly virus. ASPR is working with its partners in
government, industry, and around the globe to develop medical
countermeasures that are effective and a roll-out plan for the drug that is
efficient and culturally appropriate in West African countries, including
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Learn
Preventing mold growth after a hurricane or flood
Hurricane Matthew slammed into the east coast. The storm's impacts
were felt after the hurricane passed, as floodwaters covered many
areas. In the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or
flash floods. Whether you are trying to recover from Hurricane
Matthew or you want to make sure that your family is ready if your home is
ever flooded, take some time to learn about removing mold and cleaning up
safely after a disaster. Learn
cope with disasters
a disaster strikes, children rely on parents, caregivers and teachers more
than ever for reassurance and guidance. But telling whether or not
children are stressed after a disaster and finding ways to help them can be
hard. Some children react right away; others may show signs that they
are having a difficult time much later. Learn how you can spot common signs
of stress and help children cope with disasters. Learn
Be ready to step in
when seconds count. Learn to stop the bleed.
matter how quickly professional emergency responders arrive, bystanders
will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die
from blood loss within five minutes. By learning how to apply a
tourniquet, you could help save someone's life. You can learn to
apply a tourniquet in just three easy steps. Take 5 minutes and learn
this lifesaving skill. Learn
spread of Zika after your trip
Have you traveled to an area with Zika?
Help prevent the spread of the disease afteryour trip—even if you
don’t feel sick. Take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks after
visiting a destination with Zika to make sure you don’t spread it to
mosquitoes in your area. Because Zika can also be spread through sex, you
should use condoms after travel, especially if your partner is pregnant. If
your partner is pregnant, use condoms or don’t have sex for the rest of her
pregnancy. If you feel sick after travel, talk to your doctor. Learn
Children, the flu,
and the flu vaccine
The flu can be very dangerous for children.
Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized
from flu complications, like pneumonia. Most children who die from
flu have not been vaccinated. You have the power to protect your
family from flu this season by getting vaccinated and making sure everyone
in your family 6 months and older gets their yearly flu vaccine too. Learn
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