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Monthly Archives: May 2014

CDC: Measles Cases in USA Hit 20 Year High

The USA now has the most measles cases in 20 years and the most since homegrown outbreaks were eliminated in 2000, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The confirmed case count, as of May 23, was 288 and growing, CDC says. That number includes 138 cases from Ohio, where the biggest…
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Loan Repayment Bill Clears House, Governor Expected to Sign

The Michigan House passed Senate Bill 648, which would modify a program that re-pays student loans to incentivize more medical students to practice primary care in rural and underserved parts of the state. The bipartisan bill, co-sponsored by Sen. John Moolenaar (R-Midland) and Rep. Jim Ananich (D-Flint), heads back to the Senate for concurrence next…
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Nation’s Third Case of the MERS Virus Reported

The nation's third reported case of the MERS virus underscores how little is known about the illness that first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012. "We don't know what proportion of infected people are asymptomatic, what proportion of people are symptomatic and what proportion of people have severe disease," said David Swerdlow, incident manager for…
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Increase in Reported Measles in United States 2014

The following is an important message from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Please share with all primary care personnel, urgent/emergency care clinicians, and infection control/prevention specialists. This year, the United States is having more reported cases of measles than usual. Many healthcare providers in the United States have never seen a patient…
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Mayo Clinic Trial: Massive Measles Vaccine Attacks Blood Cancer

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Mayo Clinic researchers announced a landmark study where a massive dose of the measles vaccine, enough to inoculate ten million people, wiped out a Minnesota woman's incurable blood cancer. The Mayo Clinic conducted the clinical trial last year using virotherapy. The method discovered the measles virus wiped out multiple myeloma cancer calls.…
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Health Officials Alert Airports, Customs for MERS

After the diagnosis of a second case of MERS in the U.S., federal health officials have posted warnings at nearly two dozen airports and reminded Customs staff to be on alert for sick travelers. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn't recommend travelers change plans because the risk is low from the Middle…
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Washtenaw County Public Health Dept Welcomes New Leadership

YPSILANTI, Mich., May 14, 2014 – Washtenaw County Public Health is pleased to announce the Board of Commissioners has appointed Ellen Rabinowitz as Health Officer. Ms. Rabinowitz has served as Acting Health Officer since January. During this same time, Kristen Schweighoefer accepted the role of Environmental Health Director. Both Rabinowitz and Schweighoefer bring a wealth…
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Ohio Measles Outbreak Largest in USA Since 1996

A measles outbreak in Ohio has reached 68 cases, giving the state the dubious distinction of having the most cases reported in any state since 1996, health officials say. The Ohio outbreak is part of a larger worrisome picture: As of Friday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had logged 187 cases nationwide…
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MERS Imported to US

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has caused severe illness and death in people from several countries. On May 11, 2014, the second imported case was confirmed in a traveler to the United States. The first confirmed case of MERS-CoV was reported in a traveler to the United States on May 2, 2014. The patient,…
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