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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 » 

 
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The CDC recently revised its enterovirus D68 (EV-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 also has an EV-D68 webpage specifically for healthcare professionals.

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
 
Get Smart About Antibiotics, November 17-23

13548_lores4Raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use during Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, November 17-23.

Earlier this year, 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

The Indiana Coalition for Antibiotics Resistance Education Strategies (ICARES) demonstrates how local health departments can be involved in addressing antibiotic resistance and misuse. 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, visit the ICARES website.
 
Ebola
Capture2The 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.


 

 
 
NACCHO's Demonstration Sites Featured on CDC Website

Capture_1 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:

NACCHO Works with Local Health Departments to Promote Patient Safety

For more information, please email infectiousdiseases@naccho.org or visit the project overview.

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Conference: November 3-5, 2014