U.S. Healthcare System Unprepared For Major Nuclear Emergency

According to a Washington Post article, a 2010 DHS assessment concluded that “Current capabilities can only handle a few radiation injuries at any one time.” The assessment goes on to say “there is no strategy for notifying the public in real time of recommendations on shelter or evacuation priorities.” Click here to view the full story.

MRC GEM member, Dr. Armin Ansari, Elected President of Health Physics Society

Armin Ansari, PhD, CHP, a long-time MRC GEM member, was recently elected President of the Health Physics Society. Dr. Armin Ansari The Society, formed in 1956, is a scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety. Its mission is to support its members in the practice of their profession and to promote excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety. Today its nearly 6,000 members represent all scientific and technical areas related to radiation safety including academia, government, medicine, research and development, analytical services, consulting, and industry in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Society is chartered in the United States as an independent nonprofit scientific organization and, as such, is not affiliated with any government or industrial organization or private entity.

Tornado Victims Express Appreciation

Victims of the 11/30/2010 Buford tornado express their gratitude to EMA and other Gwinnett first responders: http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/letterstotheeditor/headlines/LETTERS_To...

Partners in Preparedness and MRC GEM

Click to see the latest issue of the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments' Partners in Preparedness newsletter. There's a wealth of interesting material, including a regular section about MRC GEM.

Don't forget to check the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments web site for up-to-date information on our communities' health status, restaurant inspection reports, and a wealth of other useful information.

ARC & AHA Revise First Aid Guidelines

The American Red Cross and American Heart Association today announced changes to guidelines for administering first aid. Among the revisions are updated recommendations for the treatment of snake bites, anaphylaxis (shock), jellyfish stings and severe bleeding. The First Aid Guidelines are being published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

New HHS Health Security Strategy Highlights Importance of MRC

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released The National Health Security Strategy, the nation’s first comprehensive strategy focused on protecting people’s health during a large-scale emergency.

Third Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

MRC GEM held its third annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Sunday, September 13. Members dining at picnic Despite predictions of rain, we had a gorgeous day. Nearly seventy members and relatives turned out for what we hoped would be The Four F's: Food, Fun, Fellowship, and Free seasonal flu shots. Apparently, a good time was had by all! Click here to see picnic photos or check out our "Photo albums" page for photos of many of our events by clicking the link on the left."

New H1N1 flu info posted

New information and links about pandemic influenza/H1N1 have been posted on our reference page http://mrcgem.com/reference

Pandemic Flu: Lessons From the Frontlines

Trust for America's Health (TFAH), the Center for Biosecurity, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) analyzed the initial response to the H1N1 outbreak and found that U.S. officials executed strong coordination and communication and an ability to adapt to changing circumstances, but also found that the nation's core public health capacity would be overwhelmed if an outbreak were more severe or widespread. See the full report at http://healthyamericans.org/reports/?reportid=64

Flu Symptoms: What To Do, Q&A

CDC provides advice on how to recognize flu, what to do, emergency warning signs: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm

More Q&A from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/swineflu_you.htm

Cases of H1N1 ("swine flu")

As of 31 July 2009 11:00 AM EDT (source CDC):
47 US states and territories* reported 5,514 hospitalized cases and 302 deaths. CDC discontinued reporting of individual confirmed and probable cases of novel H1N1 infection on July 24, 2009.
*Includes the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Statement from Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson on the 2009 H1N1 Flu

On April 26, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration in response to recent human infections with a newly discovered 2009 H1N1 flu virus.  As of April 30, there have been 109 human infections with this H1N1 virus in eleven states, which include Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. 

Today's CDC Key Points Update

As of 11:00 AM ET on April 29, 2009 the CDC has confirmed 91 cases and 1 death from Swine nfluenza (H1N1) in the U.S. Investigations and surveillance are ongoing. As this situation unfolds, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to providing information to its partners, so that you can stay informed and communicate accurate information to your constituents. Click here for today's full update.

WHO Swine Flu Update, Map, Other Useful Links

Per the World Health Organization, as of 3:15 PM ET Mexico had reported 26 confirmed cases of human swine flu, including seven deaths. In addition, six countries reported confirmed cases with no deaths: U.S. (64), Canada (6), New Zealand (3), the United Kingdom (2), Israel (2) and Spain (2).

More information on Swine Flu in Mexico

The Washington Post reports that 149 deaths in Mexico are being blamed on swine flu. However, the cause has only been confirmed in 20 of those deaths. Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova reported that 1,995 people have been hospitalized with serious cases of pneumonia, with 1,070 of these having been released.

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