MMWR- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
MMWR News Synopsis for February 19, 2015
Update on Progress in Selected Public Health Programs After the 2010 Earthquake and Cholera Epidemic — Haiti, 2014
Despite the devastating 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic, Haiti has made tremendous progress in improving the health of its people and the capacity of its health system, with the support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continued assistance from CDC will allow this progress to be sustained and to serve as a model for other countries recovering from natural or man-made disasters, including those affected by Ebola.
Hypothermia-Related Deaths — Wisconsin, 2014, and United States, 2003–2013
Public health efforts to reduce hypothermia-related deaths should focus on at-risk groups, particularly older persons and persons who live alone. Exposure to extreme cold is a leading cause of preventable weather-related mortality in the United States. Risks for hypothermia-related death include advanced age, mental illness, male sex, and drug intoxication.
Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Infections Linked to Cucumbers — United States, 2014
Epidemiologic data, traceback investigations, and whole genome sequencing all support the hypothesis that cucumbers were a likely source of Salmonella Newport infections in this multistate outbreak originating in the Delmarva Peninsula of the Eastern United States. The epidemiologic data, traceback investigations, and whole genome sequencing all support the hypothesis that cucumbers were a likely source of Salmonella Newport infections in this outbreak.
Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Group Homes — Michigan, 2013
While the overall incidence of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections has decreased in the United States, outbreaks can occur among populations that are particularly vulnerable, including those living in group homes for persons with developmental disabilities. During April–July 2013, eight unvaccinated residents of five group homes for adults with disabilities in Michigan were diagnosed with HAV and one died.
Notes from the Field:
Fatal Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis in a Premature Infant Associated with Exposure to a Contaminated Dietary Supplement — Connecticut 2014
Use of Unvalidated Urine Mycotoxin Tests for the Clinical Diagnosis of Illness — United States, 2014