Urgent Updates | August 18, 2022
BACTERIA THAT CAUSES RARE DISEASE MELIOIDOSIS DISCOVERED IN U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified for the first time in domestic environmental samples the bacteria that causes a rare and serious disease called melioidosis. The bacteria, Burkholderia pseudomallei or B. pseudomallei, was identified through sampling of soil and water in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi. DC is alerting clinicians throughout the country of this discovery through a national health advisory, reminding them to be aware of the signs and symptoms of melioidosis and to consider melioidosis in patients that present with symptoms of the disease.
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CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR MONKEYPOX IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
CDC provides considerations on clinical management of children and adolescents less than ages 18 years with exposure to monkeypox or concern for Monkeypox virus infection. These considerations are intended to help U.S. clinicians and health systems develop a plan for managing children and adolescents with exposure to monkeypox, suspected monkeypox, or confirmed monkeypox.
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ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA EMERGING IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that a surprising proportion of cases of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE) are found in isolates from patients in the community. They had previously been thought to be healthcare-associated infections. This is the first population-level study to show otherwise, with fully 10% of the CRE isolates found to be community-acquired. Overall, 30% of CREs carry a carbapenemase – an enzyme that can make them resistant to carbapenem antibiotics.
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HEALTH EQUITY: THE BIG LIFT – CMS HAS PROVIDED A FRAMEWORK BY WHICH TO HELP ACHIEVE HEALTH EQUITY.
Those who provide care have come to the realization that we need to get in front of health not only through prevention and management but also through education and understanding there are barriers to health that go far deeper than that. Some barriers are related to who we are, where we are, what we look like, and how we fit into society. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken on this huge lift through the “CMS Framework for Health Equity 2022–2032.”
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