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Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus

    Bird Flu? Are we heading toward another pandemic?

    Human infections with a new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus continue to be reported in China. The virus has been detected in poultry in China as well. While mild illness in human cases has been seen, most patients have had severe respiratory illness and some people have died. No cases of H7N9 outside of China have been reported. The new H7N9 virus has not been detected in people or birds in the United States.

    An investigation by Chinese authorities is ongoing. Many of the people infected with H7N9 are reported to have had contact with poultry. However some cases reportedly have not had such contact. Close contacts of confirmed H7N9 patients are being followed to determine whether any human-to-human spread of H7N9 is occurring. No sustained person-to-person spread of the H7N9 virus has been found at this time.

    Human infections with avian influenza (AI, or “bird flu”) are rare but do occur, most commonly after exposure to infected poultry (Bird-to-human spread). Limited person-to-person spread of bird flu is thought to have occurred rarely in the past, most notably with avian influenza A (H5N1). Based on this previous experience, some limited human-to-human spread of this H7N9 virus would not be surprising. Most important, however, is that this transmission not be sustained (ongoing).

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    Influenza viruses constantly change and it’s possible that this virus could become able to easily and sustainably spread between people, triggering a pandemic. CDC is following this situation closely and coordinating with domestic and international partners. CDC takes routine preparedness actions whenever a new virus with pandemic potential is identified, including developing a candidate vaccine virus to make a vaccine if it were to be needed. CDC also has issued guidance to clinicians and public health authorities in the United States, as well as provided information for people traveling to China. This is an evolving situation and there is still much to learn. CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.

    Pandemic & Flu Prevention & Protection

  • ALIVE - On Survival and the Human Condition

    We love this... from the opening Menu on the ALIVE Movie DVD:

    Trag-e-dy: an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

    En-dur-ance: the ability to withstand hardship or adversity

    Hope: an expectation of fulfillment or success

    In-stinct:  a natural or inherent impulse

    Hu-man spir-it: the innate desire to triumph in the face of adversity

    Sur-viv-al: the continuation of life or existence

  • BACON! It's not just a food.

    Mmmmmm... Bacon! Mmmmmm... Bacon!

    OK - Well maybe Bacon is a food (even though we sell Bacon Bandages!)

    But did you know you can cook Bacon & Eggs...
    In a Bag? Outdoors? Camping?

    FROM THE FIELD & STREAM BLOGS Video: How to Cook Bacon and Eggs in a Paper Bag
    Yes, it can be done. Check out this video to find out how. It's definitely a good way to prevent the "who's cleaning the pan" argument at camp.        
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  • Bird Flu on the Rise and in the News - CDC warning

    CDC: U.S. Hospitals Should Be Vigilant for Bird Flu
    U.S. hospitals have been urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of bird flu among patients who have recently traveled to China. The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines advising that "Clinicians should consider the possibility of avian influenza A (H7N9) virus infection in persons presenting with acute febrile respiratory illness and an appropriate recent travel or exposure history." The guidelines say the current lack of an H7N9 vaccine, the virus' "substantial mortality to date" and the potential for "increased [human-to-human] transmission in the future" as cause for concern. They say that although there is no vaccine, the CDC stressed the need to catch patients in the early stages of infection, saying that randomized trials had demonstrated that anti-virals (such as Tamiflu) given in the first few days could speed recovery in "otherwise healthy persons with acute uncomplicated influenza caused by circulating seasonal influenza strains."

  • Sexual Violence

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    Interact with CDC’s sexual violence prevention experts April 22-26 on Facebook! 

    Sexual violence is a serious public health problem affecting millions of women and
    men. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their
    lifetime. Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced other forms of sexual
    violence at some point in their lives.

    CDC is committed to stopping sexual violence before it begins with prevention
    strategies based on the best available evidence.

    In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CDC’s VetoViolence Facebook
    has experts on sexual violence prevention available to answer questions on
    related topics. Also discuss your prevention efforts with others.

    If you have questions about risk factors for perpetration and evidence-based
    prevention strategies and programs, CDC has answers.
    Post as a comment or on the Timeline.

    Learn More

    “Ask the Expert” Facebook Forum on Sexual Violence: Sex
    VetoViolence Observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Interact with CDC’s sexual violence prevention experts April 22-26 on Facebook!

    Dates: April 22–26, 2013
    VetoViolence on Facebook

  • World Malaria Day

    The National Institutes of Health marks World Malaria Day 2013, which has the world theme Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria, by acknowledging the considerable toll the disease continues to exact in many parts of the world. We also renew our commitment to the research needed to better understand the disease process in malaria, find new ways to diagnose and treat people with malaria, control the mosquitoes that spread it, and prevent malaria through vaccination.

    Although considerable progress has been made over the past decade in the fight to control, eliminate and hopefully eradicate malaria, far too many people continue to become sick and die from this mosquito-borne disease. In 2010, 219 million cases of malaria and an estimated 660,000 malaria-related deaths occurred globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Sadly, the majority of these malaria deaths were among children in Africa aged 5 years and younger.

    The WHO reports that 50 countries are on track to reduce their malaria incidence rates by 75 percent by 2015, in line with established global health targets. Although these data are encouraging, these countries account for a mere fraction of the world’s malaria burden, which is concentrated in 14 other countries where 80 percent of malaria-related deaths occur. While wider provision of proven malaria prevention and control interventions has had a significant impact in curbing the number of new malaria cases, particularly in countries with high transmission rates, much more must be done to rid the world of this scourge. Continue reading

  • New FREE Safety Booklet on Preventing Falls Off Ladders

    Free Ladder Safety Booklet Free Ladder Safety Booklet

    Gearing up for the spring and summer construction season, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled a new bilingual English-Spanish booklet, "Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely." The booklet, part of OSHA's national campaign to prevent fatal falls — the leading cause of death in construction — provides clear, easy-to-follow information about ladder hazards and how to use ladders safely, featuring illustrations and plain language writing. The falls prevention campaign now enters its second year and OSHA is working with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Occupational Research Agenda on outreach. An April 10 webinar on preventing fatal falls drew more than 700 participants.



    According to, everyone needs a first aid kit with essential first aid items, you can build your own first aid kit, or buy a first aid kit already assembled (usually for less than building one!)

    In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt.

    Is your First Aid Kit ready? Full & With No Expired content? Is your First Aid Kit ready? Full & With No Expired content?

    Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

    • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
    • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
    • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Burn ointment
    • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
    • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
    • Thermometer
    • Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
    • Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies

    Non-prescription drugs:

    • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Antacid
    • Laxative

    Other first aid supplies:

    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Learning to identify if you are at high risk for Heart Disease

    Chicago’s Keep Your Heart Healthy program establishes unique partnerships and identifies residents most at risk for heart disease, providing comprehensive services to help them make healthy life changes.

    The City of Chicago just launched Keep Your Heart Healthy, a collaborative and innovative program designed to identify Chicago residents most at risk for developing heart disease, then working on an individual basis with those residents to empower them to make life changes, reducing their risk moving forward.

    "Chicago is breaking new ground with this approach," said Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. "By empowering residents to take better control of their lives, we will help individuals live longer. By building new partnerships between public health agencies, clinical medicine and grassroots development organizations, we will be able to build healthier neighborhoods for all people."

    Heart disease and stroke remain the leading causes of death and disability in both Chicago and the United States. The diseases are largely preventable by avoiding and controlling the main risk factors that cause them: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, physical inactivity and diabetes.  Keep Your Heart Healthy intends to reduce these risks and will launch later this year in two Chicago pilot neighborhoods which will be selected based, in part, on the disproportionate number of individuals at risk for heart disease. The initiative has three main components to reducing risk for heart disease.

    1. Identify individuals most at risk for developing heart disease.
    2. Link individuals to medical care and direct services through referrals so risk factors can be brought under control.
    3. Work with the individuals in an ongoing basis to make changes in diet, exercise and other areas to reduce their risk for heart disease.

    Program designers are currently determining the most effective tactics to achieve the above goals, as well as metrics to determine success for both the individuals involved and the initiative at large.

    "We now know how to prevent most cases of heart disease and stroke," said Stephen Havas, M.D., professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and scientific leader for the pilot study. "In this unique endeavor, medical students, public health students, residents and faculty will provide screening and education to Chicago residents in these two communities about how to reduce their risk of developing these diseases. Our goal is to work directly with individuals to reduce disparities in mortality and disability in cardiovascular disease in Chicago."

    Keep Your Heart Healthy represents a new approach to public health interventions by creating partnerships between government, academia, community based organizations and the private sector. The initiative is a collaboration between CDPH and Northwestern University and funded by a generous grant from the GE Foundation.

    "Through our Developing Health program we've been partnering with health centers across the U.S. to help them increase access to quality care in underserved communities. As we look to expand the program, it made sense for us to work with our partners and ask them to begin to look at health at the city level and ask them to collaborate to overcome a community-based challenge," said Bob Corcoran, president and chairman of the GE Foundation. "About one-third of adults in Illinois reported having high blood pressure or cholesterol, which puts them at greater risk for developing heart disease and stroke. Chicago is just one of four pilots underway and we can't wait to see the results of the combined work."

    The announcement kicked off a meeting of more than 100 public health and health care leaders from around the country who converged on Chicago to define strategies to improve the health of their communities.

    "We have to do this together," commented Dr. Denise Koo, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the event's hosts. "Our nation's health depends on the kinds of partnerships exemplified by the Healthy Chicago initiative." The event was also hosted by the de Beaumont Foundation and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

    Over the next several months, CDPH will work with program designers to finalize the two neighborhoods and the strategies for meeting the ambitious goal of reducing the risk of heart disease.

    "Today's news is just the first step," continued Dr. Choucair. "Keep Your Heart Healthy will show success for individuals through better, healthier living - success that will expand to every neighborhood in Chicago and beyond."

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  • Tornadoes, Floods, and Lightning - Weather Emergencies can do you in if you aren't prepared!

    Are you ready for whatever Mother Nature may throw at you next? We've had some CRAZY Weather Disasters lately - and few haven been prepared!

    Weather emergencies, such as tornadoes, floods, and lightning, can occur without a lot of warning. However, you can prepare for different types of severe weather.

    Weather Emergencies come suddenly - without warning Weather Emergencies come suddenly - without warning

    One of the basic recommendations to help you prepare for any emergency is to assemble a disaster supplies kit, which includes water, food, a first-aid kit, and many other items.

    According to, a disaster supplies kit should contain (at minimum):

    Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

    A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

    • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
    • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
    • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Manual can opener for food
    • Local maps
    • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

    Recommended Supplies List

    Recommended Supplies List (PDF)
    Recommended Supplies List (Text)

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