Seattle scientists step up Zika research
With the Zika virus now in more than 25 nations, scientists at the University of Washington and Kineta are intensifying their efforts to create an antiviral drug to treat RNA viruses, The Seattle Times reports. These include Zika, as well as West Nile, Ebola, hepatitis C and type-A influenza. In another article, the Times reports that a Seattle expert said that he’s seeing a pattern of unusually severe cases tied to the Zika virus.
Deaths from preventable injuries shorten U.S. lives
Injuries from guns, drugs and motor vehicle crashes account for about half the difference in men’s life expectancy between the United States and other high-income countries such as Austria and the United Kingdom. For women, the difference is about 19 percent, Reuters reports, citing a JAMA study.
Whooping cough booster not long-lasting
A study in Pediatrics found that when vaccinated children got the pertussis booster vaccine, it was 69 percent effective after the first year, but then dropped to less than 9 percent two to three years later, The New York Times reports. The waning effectiveness of the Tdap booster could help explain recent outbreaks of whooping cough.
Eating seafood can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s
For people who carry the ApoE4 gene variation, which increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, eating seafood reduces the risk of dementia-associated brain changes. The consumption of fish-oil supplements had no apparent impact, The New York Times reports.
Ebola: What clinicians need to know
Infection control and triage
Using proper infection control measures is crucial for preventing transmission of infectious diseases. Serious communicable diseases such as MERS and Ebola virus disease are making headlines, and flu season is looming. It’s crucial that appropriate infection control precautions are taken on a daily basis for every patient.
To protect your health care workers and patients from infectious diseases in health care settings:
- Review and ensure implementation of proper infection control procedures during all stages of the patient encounter;
- Review triage protocols for early identification to trigger appropriate infection control response; and,
- Take extra steps specifically for Ebola.
Resources for physicians
- Complete infection control guidance from the CDC
- A health care provider preparedness checklist for Ebola
- Department of Health’s key messages for providers regarding Ebola
- Department of Health’s guidance for safe handling of human remains of Ebola patients in the U.S.
Resources for patients
- Department of Health Ebola overview for patients
- Department of Health Ebola fact sheet (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Ukrainian and Vietnamese)
- Patient resources for your practice on Ebola from the CDC
- CDC travel advisory
- Ebola facts (color pdf poster) from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
News and other resources
- Medscape’s Ebola resource center
- Washington State Department of Health’s Ebola virus disease information for public health and health care providers
- American Medical Association’s Ebola resource center
- Washington State Hospital Association’s Ebola resources for hospitals and the public
- Washington State Nurses Association’s Ebola resources for registered nurses