Infectious Disease

 

From influenza to Ebola to Zika, infectious diseases are creating new challenges for hospitals and healthcare organizations to provide state-of-the-art care that effectively treats patients while minimizing the risk to their families and the staff who treat them.

MHA created a newsletter and webpage on the virus and the state swung into action.
03.04.2020  | Coronavirus
Information and resources on the Coronavirus
DPH reports that the risk of the novel coronavirus – newly named Covid-19 last week by the World Health Organization – is still low in Massachusetts.
As of late last week, the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had spread to more than 8,000 people around the world (but mostly in China) and has caused more than 210 deaths in China.
DPH last week informed hospitals and other providers to be on the lookout for potential coronavirus patients.
MHA last week testified in favor of proposed legislation that would eliminate the religious exemption as a reason to refuse vaccinations for school admittance.
Cambridge Health Alliance undertook an Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality-sponsored 15-month safety improvement program to reduce infections in the ICU at its Cambridge and Everett hospitals.
On September 24, Governor Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued the 2019-20 influenza vaccine recommendations.
Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. But it’s back.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a nationwide outbreak of hepatitis A.
President Donald Trump focused part of his State of the Union speech last week on HIV and AIDs, urging a bipartisan approach to “eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years.”
Even though incidences of influenza in Massachusetts dropped slightly last week as compared to the week before, DPH still considers flu "widespread" and at "high" intensity.
11.19.2018  | Another Flu Reminder
Get vaccinated!
According to DPH, as of October 19, influenza-like illness was at “minimal” intensity in Massachusetts.
In recognition of World Sepsis Day, HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders marked World Sepsis Day by announcing the creation of the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium.
Massachusetts DPH last week issued advisories about Hepatitis A and West Nile virus.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge threw out a MNA lawsuit that challenged Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s mandatory flu vaccination policy for employees.
After the state experienced a small dip in the flu during the first two weeks of January, last week flu cases spiked upward.
Since 1976 there have been 17 federal government shutdowns.