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05/17/2017 01:00 PM
Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 403 - Potential for Falsely Low Blood Lead Test Results from LeadCare® Analyzers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication warning about the use of Magellan Diagnostics? LeadCare® analyzers (LeadCare, LeadCare II, LeadCare Ultra and LeadCare Plus) with venous blood samples because they might result in falsely low test results. FDA is now advising that Magellan Diagnostics? LeadCare® analyzers should no longer be used with venous blood samples. The safety alert does not apply to capillary blood lead test results collected by fingerstick or heelstick. The purpose of this Health Advisory is to notify state and local health departments, healthcare providers, and laboratories about CDC?s re-testing guidance in light of the safety alert.
05/08/2017 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 7-13, 2017): It Only Takes One!
As the saying goes, ?all politics are local.? The same goes for hurricanes. A busy hurricane season is not just defined by the total number of hurricanes in a season, but rather if any hurricane hits your local community. It only takes one. This mantra provides the impetus every May for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners to participate in the National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The goal of National Hurricane Preparedness Week is to motivate communities, businesses, and individuals to know their risks, take steps to prepare, and encourage their loved ones, neighbors, and social network to do the same.
05/05/2017 03:30 PM
Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 402 - Prolonged IgM Antibody Response in People Infected with Zika Virus: Implications for Interpreting Serologic Testing Results for Pregnant Women
In July 2016, CDC issued Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure ? United States, July 2016 (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6529e1.htm) that includes Zika virus immunoglobulin M (IgM) testing of pregnant women. However, some flavivirus infections can result in prolonged IgM responses (>12 weeks) that make it difficult to determine the timing of infection, especially in testing of asymptomatic people. Emerging epidemiologic and laboratory data indicate that Zika virus IgM can persist beyond 12 weeks in a subset of infected people. Therefore, detection of IgM may not always indicate a recent infection. Although IgM persistence could affect IgM test interpretation for all infected people, it would have the greatest effect on clinical management of pregnant women with a history of living in or traveling to areas with Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women who test positive for IgM antibody may have been infected with Zika virus and developed an IgM response before conception.
05/01/2017 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Autism and Preparedness
There is a new neighbor on Sesame Street (http://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/ready). Her name is Julia and she?s helping dispel decades-old stereotypes about autism. Julia is a little girl with autism and her move to ?where the air is sweet? coincided with April being Autism Awareness Month. Our new neighbor is helping us think about the challenges of parenting a child of autism. One of those challenges is preparing children with special needs for public health emergencies.
04/24/2017 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - What?s in an environment?
Every year, more than 193 countries celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Earth Day reminds all of us of our personal and collective responsibility to preserve and protect the environment. Protecting the environment also helps us protect our health. The word ?environment? means different things for different people. For some the environment is the natural world?mountains, forests, rivers, oceans, animals, and the air around us. Others think of ?tree huggers,? the green movement, or the motto ?Reduce, reuse, recycle.? But everything in the world around us is part of the environment ? it is the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil beneath our feet, and much more. When environments are polluted or contaminated, they can cause harmful health effects in people.

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