New Director for CDC Named

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., has named Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., as the 17th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). “Today, I am extremely proud and excited to announce Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as the new director of the CDC,” said Secretary Price. “Having […]

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HHS to Fund Zika Virus Research

To speed the development of diagnostic tests for Zika virus infection, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will support the collection of blood samples from people in the continental United States and Puerto Rico who have been infected with Zika virus, the agency […]

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CDC, OSHA Issue Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued new guidance and information for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus. Interim guidance for outdoor workers, healthcare and laboratory workers, mosquito control workers, and business travelers to protect against occupational exposure to Zika virus Interim guidance […]

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HHS, CDC Launch ‘Million Hearts’ Hypertension Challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week launched an annual challenge designed to identify and honor clinicians and health care teams that have helped their patients control high blood pressure and prevent heart attacks and strokes. The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge recognizes exemplary public and private practices and providers that achieve […]

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CDC Says Uninsured Rate Falls Below 10 Percent Nationwide

In a survey that’s been conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for 50 years, for the first time the percentage of Americans without health insurance has fallen to single digits. The CDC reported yesterday that the National Health Interview Survey showed 90.8 percent of all Americans as now having health insurance. In previous […]

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35 U.S. Hospitals Designated as Ebola Treatment Centers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have now identified and designated 35 hospitals as Ebola treatment centers, with more expected in the coming weeks. Hospitals with Ebola treatment centers have been designated by state health officials to serve as treatment facilities for Ebola patients based on a collaborative […]

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CDC Updates Health Care Workers’ Ebola Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  is tightening previous infection control guidance for health care workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step-by-step instructions for how to put the equipment on […]

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