No Monitoring Infectious Diseases While US Government is Shut Down
The government shutdown in the United States has stopped the tracking by the CDC of infectious diseases like the flu, measles, food borne illnesses, etc. Most of the Centers for Disease Control has been closed down by the government shutdown this past week. Very few emergency operations will be continued at the Centers for Disease Control.
Monitoring Infectious Diseases
- You may have remembered the CDC is the group that tracked the swine flu in the United States back in 2011. What will happen if a new outbreak of swine flu begins during this government shutdown?
- Even antibiotic usage in hospitals has been tracked by the CDC, will this stop as well? We know how the overuse of antibiotics can spur more infections. We sure hope this doesn’t happen with no monitoring infectious diseases during this period of government chaos.
- Food borne illnesses – Another part of the CDC monitoring is diseases caused by food . And the FDA is shut down as well, though there is some monitoring still going on for high risk foods and drugs.
- Swine Flu and MERS will have very little tracking via the CDC during this shutdown. Will WHO be able to pick up the slack on the monitoring of these infectious diseases here in the United States?
How long do you think the government shutdown will last?
The MERS infection has spread more since our last post on this new coronavirus back in June. The total death count is now at 64 worldwide. The latest deaths range in ages from 3 to 75. This high death count is causing alarms for all to be aware of this new deadly infection. It is officially called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
The CDC and WHO had issued travel alerts to the Arabian Peninsula where most of the MERS cases have been found. They are not prohibiting travel to the Middle East but urge proper hand washing. There have been cases in France, Italy and the UK. (those numbers are low) Continue reading
6 Ways Not To Get Sick This Year!
It’s that time of the year when people start to sneeze , cough and pass along their germs both in school and at work. Learn 6 ways to not to get sick this year and stay healthy. No more missing school or work and making others at home sick too. 80% of workers do get sick each year and the average sick days given are 8 . Some companies are eliminating sick days all together. Not good if someone goes to work sick and spreads the germs through the entire company costing them more money in the long run.
Measles Cases Rising
Measles cases have risen higher than anytime in the past 17 years. Many are getting the measles from people in other countries infected with them. An average year has 60 cases of the infectious disease in the United states. This year the cases of Measles is at 159.
Measles cases had gone done dramatically in the 1960′s when everyone got vaccinated. The increase now is due in part to many who refuse to get vaccinated for one reason or another. 2/3 of the cases now are from folks who refuse to get themselves or their kids vaccinated. The other 1/3 are from folks in other countries who visit the United States. Back in 2011 there were many cases in NY city alone. In May 2011 there were many cases found in Massachusetts as well. Some people return from Europe infected and don’t know it until they are back in the United States.