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COCA Email Updates: October 8 - October 22, 2012

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Available for download:October 22, 2012 COCA Email Update


COCA News and Announcements

Recent COCA Call/Webinar

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Update: Information and Guidance for Clinicians

Date:Tuesday, October 16, 2012

During this COCA Call, subject matter experts provided updates to the current epidemiology of the outbreak, described clinical presentation and features of fungal meningitis, and reviewed CDC’s recommended treatment guidance.

Additional COCA Conference Calls
Free CE credit/contact hours (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most COCA calls.

CDC Emergency Response – Multistate Meningitis Outbreak Investigation

Updated:Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation – October 21 (CDC)
CDC and FDA are coordinating a multi-state investigation of fungal meningitis among patients who received an epidural steroid injection. Investigation into the exact source is ongoing; however, interim data show that all infected patients received injection with preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) prepared by New England Compounding Center, located in Framingham, MA.

Updated:Clinician Resources:

CDC News and Announcements

"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to highlight prevention activities. The series features research and program activity from CDC. Please access, use, and share this information broadly with your colleagues and partners.

CDC Science Clips: Volume 4, Issue: 41 – October 15 (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

Public Health Matters Blog – Can Your Pet Sense Disasters? – October 15 (CDC)
The idea that animals can predict earthquakes and other natural disasters is not a new phenomenon. Scientists have been exploring this topic for years, investigating whether animals possess a sixth sense that allows them to predict natural disasters.

Emergency Preparedness and Response
Find resources for All Hazards and Specific Hazards preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources for Clinicians – (CDC)
Find online and in-person training centers and resources.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Journal

EID is prepared by the CDC. EID Home Page
Volume 18, Number 11 – October 2012
Highlights in this issue include

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

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October 19, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 41Download .pdf document of this issue

October 12, 2012 / Vol. 61 / No. 40Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Weekly Flu View – (CDC)
This is a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by CDC Influenza Division. All data are preliminary and may change as CDC receives more reports.

Update:2012 West Nile Virus – October 16 (CDC)
As of October 16, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 4,531 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 183 deaths, have been reported to CDC.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings – October 21 (US Department of State)
Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued 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 its staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety

NEW:FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Additional Patient Notification Advised – October 18 (CDC)
CDC and FDA have confirmed the presence of a fungus known as Exserohilum rostratum in unopened medication vials of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml) from one of the three implicated lots from New England Compounding Center (NECC). A Patient Notification Letter on the FDA "Update on Fungal Meningitis" webpage under the "Related Information" section, is available for healthcare professionals notifying patients administered a drug produced by the NECC that has been recalled.

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program
Your FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products.

FoodSafety.gov Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – October 22 (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)
For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries.

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