If previous patterns hold true, there could be an outbreak this year of acute flaccid myelitis, the frightening polio-like condition the CDC has been studying since 2014. Public health experts advise frontline providers to be particularly attuned to patients presenting with the hallmark limb weakness, and to report such cases promptly to their state health department.
A high rate of COVID-19 occurred as the result of an outbreak in spring breakers. Rapid recognition and intervention, as well as the youth and good health of those infected, was effective in limiting the adverse consequences.
In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted the association of vaping and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Although the number of new cases has decreased, new cases are still appearing.
Experts from the National Ebola Training and Education Center urge healthcare systems to adopt processes in line with “Identify, Isolate, and Inform,” a process for quickly identifying and managing cases of infectious disease in a way that minimizes the risk for subsequent transmissions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak in China a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on Jan. 30, 2020. In doing so, WHO emphasized that China should not be isolated from the global community, which can happen after a PHEIC is issued.
In one of the first reports of the clear risk of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to healthcare workers, an outbreak in a hospital in Wuhan, China, resulted in 40 infections in clinical staff caring for patients.