Authorities are continuing to ask individuals not to buy or use prescription painkillers unless they're from a doctor or a pharmacist. In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration released an intelligence brief regarding this topic, warning individuals that drug traffickers were flooding the drug market with counterfeit prescription drugs containing fentanyl.
In June 2016, US officials warned about a pathogen known as Candida auris. Since this warning, 35 patients have been diagnosed with the emerging pathogen in the United States. Of the individuals infected, at least 28 were documented in New York. Cases have also been reported in Maryland, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that sperm donations from three counties in Florida might contain the Zika virus. In their press release, the CDC identified the risk of Zika transmission as beginning on June 15, 2016 for the three counties, meaning that sperm samples across the areas’ 12 sperm banks could be compromised.
Two experts from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have raised concerns that the mosquito-borne virus, yellow fever could make its way to the United States. This concern stems from the current outbreak of the virus that is occurring in Brazil, where at least 326 cases and 220 deaths have been confirmed.
Washington D.C. public health lab officials recently confirmed that they are retesting hundreds of samples from people in the area for Zika virus over concerns about the accuracy of the original test results. In total, 409 specimens that originally tested negative, including 294 from pregnant women, were sent for retesting.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases in the United States are continuing to rise. The flu is geographically widespread now in 44 states, including Indiana. Most notably, the CDC reported five additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at 34 for the season.
A new report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin. This was triple the percentage reported on 2010. Furthermore, there was also a significant increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. In 2010, synthetic opioids were involved in just 8% of all overdose deaths, and by 2015, they were involved in 18% of all overdose deaths.
A new report, released by Accenture, has revealed that twenty-six percent of consumers in the United States have had their personal medical information stolen from healthcare information systems. Of those who experienced a breach, 50 percent were victims of medical identity theft and had to pay an average of $2,500 in out-of-pocket costs per incident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases in the United States are continuing to rise. The flu is geographically widespread now in 46 states and Puerto Rico. Most notably, the CDC reported nine additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at 29 for the season.
Louisville Metro Emergency Services reportedly responded to 52 calls related to overdoses over a 32-hour span. In the previous week, only 25 overdose related-calls were received in the same 32-hour time frame. The majority of the 52 calls were believed to be heroin overdoses, however, paramedics also dealt with overdoses of alcohol, prescription medications and other controlled substances.
Passengers were reportedly evacuated from Logan Airport in Boston, due to a carbon monoxide leak late Sunday afternoon. The Massachusetts State Police reports the leaking carbon monoxide apparently came from a snow melting machine. Logan Airport has since reported that the terminal was vented and has returned to normal operations.
Between January 1 to December 31, 2016, a total of 132 people across 37 states were confirmed to have Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed only 21 cases of the rare illness across 16 states. Finally, From August to December 2014, 120 people were confirmed to have AFM. The 2014 cases occurred in 34 states across the U.S.
Several new studies have provided further insight into the risk and spread of the Zika virus. A case study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, found that transmission by breast milk is still questionable, and it might be less efficient than human-to-human transmission by other body fluids.
According to reports, between October 2015 and January 2017, an unauthorized third party accessed Verity Medical Foundation-San Jose Medical Group website, exposing the data of 10,164 patients. The breached patient data, which is dated between 2010 and 2014, included names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, addresses, emails, phone numbers and the last four digits of credit card numbers. It must be noted that website is no longer in use.