COCA Digest: CDC and Thailand Partnership Improves Lab Testing for Zika Virus

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April 4, 2017

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NEW: CDC and Thailand Partnership Improves Lab Testing for Zika Virus
Thailand, a tourism hub in Asia, demonstrates how the interconnectedness of the world today makes it easy for viruses to travel across borders. In 2013, tourists returning home not only brought back souvenirs from their vacation, they also tested positive for Zika virus (Zika) infection, which spurred Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health to ask CDC for help to improve its laboratory testing capabilities for Zika and other viruses such as SARS, avian influenza. Now the country is one of the first in Asia with the ability to test for Zika.

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Advice For People Living In or Traveling to Brownsville, Texas 
On December 14, 2016, CDC issued guidance related to Zika for people living in or traveling to Brownsville, Cameron County, TX, and has designated Brownsville as a Zika cautionary area (yellow area). On November 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported the state’s first case of local mosquito-borne Zika virus infection in Brownsville. Additional cases of mosquito-borne Zika have been identified in the area, suggesting that there is a risk of continued spread of Zika virus in Brownsville.

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NEW: New Study Shows Dentist Prescribe Within Guidelines, There is Still Room for Improvement

Antibiotic Prescribing by General Dentists in the United States, 2013
Dentists prescribed 24.5 million antibiotic prescriptions in 2013, which equates to 10% of all antibiotic prescriptions in the outpatient setting.
A recent CDC study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) revealed information about antibiotic prescribing among general dentists in the U.S.  The study found that although dentists usually prescribe within recommended guidelines, they sometimes prescribe antibiotics not indicated for dental conditions, such as fluoroquinolones and others used to treat urinary tract infections.


NEW: Continued CDC Funding for States to Detect, Respond, Prevent and InnovateKey Investments to Combat Antibiot Resistance Map

Through CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Cooperative Agreement, CDC continues to work with state and local health departments to implement tracking, prevention, and antibiotic stewardship activities -- transforming how the nation combats and slows antibiotic resistance at all levels.

In addition to investments made last year, CDC is inviting grantees to participate in enhanced activities, potentially including:

  • An Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network regional lab focused on drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • Increased testing nationwide for the fungal threat Candida, including C. auris
  • Whole genome sequencing for resistant gonorrhea isolates

These activities will enhance capacities to rapidly detect antibiotic resistance and prevent its spread to better protect Americans. Visit CDC’s antibiotic resistance website for the funding announcement.

See how CDC invested in every state in 2016 to combat antibiotic resistance in healthcare facilities, the community, and food.

Local CDC investments through ELC combat antibiotic resistance by strengthening the public health workforce and building stronger surveillance systems, modern and efficient laboratory facilities, and more integrated health information networks.

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