Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
NACCHO is strengthening local health departments' capacity to respond to and control infectious diseases. Cases or suspected cases of new and emerging infections are likely to appear in community hospitals, private provider offices, and community health centers, making local health departments frontline responders. Approaches to preventing infectious disease or controlling its spread depend on identifying causes and understanding how they can most effectively be addressed. More »
In the Spotlight
The CDC recently revised its enterovirus D68 webpage. It now includes answers to common questions about risk, transmission, and treatment; a map of states with CDC lab-confirmed cases; and an infographic depicting hygiene steps to help protect children from illness.
The CDC is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Children's Hospital Colorado to investigate recent reports of children ages 1 to 18 hospitalized with sudden onset of neurologic illness. The cause of these illnesses is currently unknown. Among possible causes, CDC is investigating whether this cluster of neurologic illness in Colorado may be linked to the EV-D68 outbreak. More »
Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Updates & Resources
The CDC continues to actively respond to and monitor an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The agency recently released Top 10 Ebola Response Planning Tips: Ebola Readiness Self-Assessment for State and Local Public Health Officials.
Follow NACCHO's ongoing coverage of Ebola here. The CDC's Newsroom webpage contains additional updates.
The World Health Organization's website also contains information and resources.
Antibiotic Prescribing Practices
The CDC released a Vital Signs report that describes antibiotic prescribing practices in hospitals and the importance of antibiotic stewardship. The report includes a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article, graphic fact sheet, and digital press kit.NACCHO is pleased to recognize the Indiana Coalition for Antibiotics Resistance Education Strategies (ICARES) as an early adopter of this work. Established in 1999, ICARES is a joint partnership with the Marion County Public Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health, CDC, and other local partners that works to inform physicians and patients about the potential harm associated with unnecessary antibiotic use. More information about this CDC-funded state and local health department collaboration is available at http://www.icares.org.
NACCHO's Demonstration Sites Featured on CDC Website
CDC's Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support has posted a summary of the Year 1 local health department healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention demonstration site activities on its Public Health Practice Stories from the Field webpage:More »