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Danielle Donovan and Tiffany Henderson, Bureau of Epidemiology, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Since late July 2016, 58 lab-confirmed cases of hepatitis A have been reported in four counties in Southeast Michigan. This is about 10 times the number of cases that the City of Detroit, Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties combined typically see between July and December months. The distribution of cases has been slanted towards males, contributing to 65.5% of the total cases. The median age is 46.5 years, with an age range of 24–83 years. Many of the sick individuals have presented with severe illness. The overall hospitalization rate is over 87% and three deaths have been reported.
According to national surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the hospitalization rate for hepatitis A is 11-22%. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), and the CDC have been assisting the local health departments with their investigations.
Trauma centers: Prepare for mass casualty incidents by understanding the 10 predictable stages of disruption
Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) seem to strike at random. That is one reason why these incidents — particularly mass shootings — are so frightening. But while the timing and location of most MCIs are unpredictable, the way these events play out at a trauma center is not.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule (https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection) to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire.
The new guidelines apply to hospitals; long term care (LTC) facilities; critical access hospitals (CAHs); inpatient hospice facilities; programs for all inclusive care for the elderly (PACE); religious non-medical healthcare institutions (RNHCI); ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs); and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID).
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Contact: CDC Media Relations
Superbugs threaten hospital patients
1 in 4 catheter- and surgery-related HAIs caused by six resistant bacteria in long-term hospitals
America is doing a better job of preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but more work is needed – especially in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare workers to use a combination of infection control recommendations to better protect patients from these infections.
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