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08/07/2017 06:00 PM
New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 405 - Increase in Reported cases of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infection, United States, Summer 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State and Local Health Departments, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating an increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to notify public health departments and healthcare facilities and to provide guidance to healthcare providers of the increase in reported cases. Please disseminate this information to healthcare providers in hospitals and emergency rooms, to primary care providers, and to microbiology laboratories. Healthcare providers should consider a diagnosis of cyclosporiasis in patients with prolonged or remitting-relapsing diarrheal illness. Testing for Cyclospora is not routinely done in most U.S. laboratories, even when stool is tested for parasites. Healthcare providers must specifically order testing for Cyclospora, whether testing is requested by ova and parasite (O&P) examination, by molecular methods, or by a gastrointestinal pathogen panel test. Cyclosporiasis is a nationally notifiable disease; healthcare providers should report suspect and confirmed cases of infection to public health authorities.
08/07/2017 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Predicting community resilience and recovery after a disaster
After 9/11, I was asked by the Baltimore City Health Commissioner to help prepare the city for a radiation terrorism event, because my entire career up until that point had been in radiation-based medical imaging. I didn?t know anything about public health preparedness at the time, but I found it very fulfilling to work with the city health department and other first responders, especially fire and police. Public health preparedness science and research is more than multi-disciplinary, it?s trans-disciplinary, which is what makes it fun.
07/31/2017 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - You are what you eat?and so is your baby
?As a mother of a baby born in 1973 when nobody was breastfeeding, I didn?t know why, but I instinctively knew breastfeeding was the best thing to do.? After my first son was born, I went back to school to become a nurse. During my interview I said, ?I?m not interested in sick people, but I want to work with new moms and babies.? So, I worked in labor and delivery for 10 years. During my time on the labor and delivery floor I dedicated all of my free time to helping new mothers initiate breastfeeding. I realized this was my true passion, so I became a certified lactation consultant and have been helping mothers and babies ever since. Today, I want to share four things you might not know about breastfeeding.
07/21/2017 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Pediatrics and Public Health: Working Together to Prepare for Emergencies
Did you know that one in four people in the United States are children? Children represent a considerable portion of our population and they are among our nation?s most vulnerable citizens. When a public health emergency or disaster strikes, children are often the most severely affected.
07/17/2017 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Step it up outdoors
Physical activity can improve your health. People who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Physical activity can also help with weight control, and may improve academic achievement in students. Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle, and parks are a great place to start.

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