Tagged: health

New Executive Order Modifies Communicable Disease Quarantine Inclusions

Executive Order (EO) 13674 of July 31, 2014, publishes a revised list of quarantinable communicable diseases, modifying EO 13295. “Based upon the recommendation of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Acting Surgeon General, and for the purposes set forth in section 1 of Executive Order...

2014 FIFA World Cup and Public Health Implications

This summer, Brazil is expected to attract an estimated 600,000 international tourists and three million domestic travelers during the World Cup from June 12, 2014 to July 13, 2014.  Because the World Cup is one of the largest international gatherings, it poses a higher risk for infectious disease outbreaks, a...

VA Inspector General Finds 1,700 Veterans “Forgotten or Lost” Within Healthcare System

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released today an Interim report that investigates allegations of “gross mismanagement…and criminal misconduct” by VA officials at the Phoenix Health Care System (PHCS). Allegations reported to the OIG Hotline indicated that the mismanagement and misconduct...

Novel Coronavirus Gains Momentum: The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

On May 12, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United States. (The first case was reported in Chicago on May 2, 2014.)The case of a Florida man diagnosed with MERS-CoV was confirmed on May 11....

DoD Review Says Washington Navy Yard Shooting Was Preventable

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) publicly released today its Internal Review of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting which investigates the events surrounding the September 2013 shooting, perpetrated by Navy contractor Aaron Alexis. The group tasked with the investigation, the Internal Review Team, specifically focused on examining “Alexis’ historical record...

Wolf at the Navy Yard: How Security Clearance Procedures Failed to Prevent Tragedy

When Aaron Alexis entered building 197 on the Washington Navy Yard and killed 12 people, families and authorities needed answers to address how such a tragedy could take place. A new report aims to point the blame for the event on a defective security clearance process. The report, “Slipping Through...

Outbreaks: No State Boasts a Perfect Score in Disease Prevention

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) has released a report to examine the United State’s policies involving the response to infectious disease threats. The report, titled “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases” examines 10 indicators in each state that offer a “composite snapshot” to show how well prepared states are...

ASTHO & CDC Announce Release of National Health Security Preparedness Index™

Last week the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 20 other development partners announced the release of the National Health Security Preparedness Index™ (NHSPI™). The partners assert that the Index is “a new way to measure...

Task Force on Torture: Health Professionals Abandoned Ethics in War on Terror

An independent panel, known as the Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers (Task Force), has released a report that details the severe harm imposed upon detainees in U.S. custody since September 11, 2001. In the name of intelligence gathering and security practices, the damage included...

How Animal Antibiotics Threaten Public Health

In industrial food animal production (IFAP), using antibiotics as a preventative measure rather than a therapeutic one has been common practice for several decades. Now, a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (JHCLF) finds that the continued overuse of antibiotics in livestock has lead to dangerous...