Guardian of Public Health - August 2016

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News and Articles

Using the Law to Prepare for Global Health Emergencies - Public Health Matters Blog

Countries need to be prepared to handle emergencies. Having the right laws in place is an important part of the preparation.

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Anthrax Outbreak In Russia Thought To Be Result Of Thawing Permafrost

Russia is fighting a mysterious anthrax outbreak in a remote corner of Siberia. Dozens of people are hospitalized; one child has died. The government airlifted some families out because more than 2,000 reindeer have been infected.

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Training & Events

Zika Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Discussions

Live Teleconference:Tuesdays 1-2pm

To address the communication concerns and needs of state, local, and territorial health communicators, as well as partner organizations, the Centers for disease control (CDC) is hosting a series of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) teleconferences related to Zika issues. Past teleconferences are archived on the CDC CERC webpage.

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Tools & Resources

Pan American Health Organization Zika Virus Infection Website

The Pan American Health Organization, the Americas regional office of the World Health Organization, posted a Zika virus resource page.  This page contains information for the public and healthcare providers on Zika.

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The Michigan Update

Vaccination Updates and Recommendation for the 2016‐2017 Flu Season

Jalyn Ingalls, MA, Influenza Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Division of Immunization

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older receive an influenza vaccine during the 2016‐2017 flu season. In the 2014‐2015 flu season, only 44.3 percent of people eligible for the flu vaccine in Michigan received it, with the following breakdown by age: 52.6 percent of children aged 6 months through 17 years, 35.7 percent of people aged 18 through 64 years, and 65.7 percent of people aged 65 years and older. Overall, flu vaccination rates in Michigan have been slowly trending upward for the past four influenza seasons but are still low in comparison to other states. It is important for all people aged 6 months and older to receive the flu vaccine, as it is the single best way to prevent influenza.

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The Global Threat of Zika Virus to Pregnancy: Epidemiology, Clinical Perspectives, Mechanisms, and Impact

Researchers in BMC Public Health perform a review of current Zika virus peer-review literature.  They detail the epidemiology of Zika; the threat to pregnancy; the clinical consequences and broader impact of Zika infections; and the virus biology underpinning new interventions, diagnostics, and insights into the mechanisms of disease.  The authors found the literature points to a strong association of Zika virus infection and microcephaly.  They conclude that because of the severe consequences to maternal and child health an immediate global health response is required.

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Zika Research Hub

The publisher John Wiley and Sons created a website where Zika research from their journals can be accessed for free.  The research articles will be available  until September 30. Follow #ZikaHub on Twitter for the latest updates.

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