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.

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.
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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.
The harsh flu season has resulted in a spike in boarding at Massachusetts acute care hospital emergency departments.
Massachusetts DPH and the Mass. Adult Immunization Coalition will hold the 23rd Annual Mass. Adult Immunization Conference on Tuesday, April 10.
DPH reported last week that influenza-like illness was “widespread” in Massachusetts.
DPH notified providers last week that it has noticed an increase in HIV infections in people who inject drugs.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association’s attempt to violate Brigham and Women’ Hospital’s mandatory flu vaccination policy was rejected by a Suffolk Superior Court judge.
Two students at UMass Amherst have been diagnosed with invasive meningococcal disease serogroup B within the past few weeks.