Monitoring USG action on readiness and response
Published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Editors: Diane Meyer, RN, MPH; Divya Hosangadi, MSPH & Amanda Kobokovich, MPH
April 2, 2019
Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness
WEBINAR
Introduction to the Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Campaign Planning Tool. This presentation will cover the use and functionality of the new interactive pandemic influenza vaccine campaign planning tool (PanVax). The tool is designed to help jurisdictions estimate pandemic influenza vaccination administration capacity, as highlighted in Domain 4 of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Notice of Funding Opportunity, and improve their pandemic influenza vaccine campaign planning for the general public. (NACCHO, 4/19)
WEBINAR
Key Components of Pandemic Influenza Operational Readiness. With a focus on medical countermeasures, this webinar will highlight pandemic influenza readiness key components in preparation for the next Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) performance period and discuss supplemental guidance from the 2019-2024 PHEP Notice of Funding Opportunity. (NACCHO, 4/19)
PRESS RELEASE
FDA Finalizes Requirements to Help Foster Access to Safe and Effective Tests to Detect Anthrax-causing Bacteria. The US Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule classifying in vitro diagnostic devices for the detection of Bacillus bacteria into class II (moderate-risk) with special controls, which means the agency will continue to require a premarket notification (510(k)) for these devices. (FDA, 3/29/19)
NEWS
Senate Bill Would Allow State, Local Law Enforcement to Easier Detect Drugs. A bill was introduced in the US Senate that would equip state and local law enforcement with high-tech devices to detect dangerous drugs like fentanyl. (Homeland Preparedness News, 3/29/19)
RESEARCH
Imported Toxin-Producing Cutaneous Diphtheria — Minnesota, Washington, and New Mexico, 2015–2018. From September 2015 to March 2018, CDC confirmed four cases of cutaneous diphtheria caused by toxin-producing Corynebacterium diphtheriae in patients from Minnesota (two), Washington (one), and New Mexico (one). All patients had recently returned to the United States after travel to countries where diphtheria is endemic. (MMWR, 3/29/19)
RESEARCH
Enterovirus D68–Associated Acute Respiratory Illness — New Vaccine Surveillance Network, United States, July–October, 2017 and 2018. This report details a preliminary characterization of EV-D68 testing and detections among emergency department (ED) and hospitalized patients with ARI at all NVSN sites during July 1–October 31, 2017, and the same period in 2018. Among patients with ARI who were tested, EV-D68 was detected in two patients (0.8%) in 2017 and 358 (13.9%) in 2018. (MMWR, 3/29/19)
PRESS RELEASE
Artesunate Now First-Line Treatment for Severe Malaria in the United States. CDC is issuing new guidance to clinicians for the treatment of severe malaria cases in the United States. This change in treatment protocol is necessary because the only FDA-approved intravenous (IV) antimalarial drug in the US, quinidine, has been discontinued by the manufacturer and will no longer be available. (CDC, 3/28/19)
RESEARCH
A Trial of a Shorter Regimen for Rifampin-Resistant Tuberculosis. In persons with rifampin-resistant tuberculosis that was susceptible to fluoroquinolones and aminoglycosides, a short regimen was noninferior to a long regimen with respect to the primary efficacy outcome and was similar to the long regimen in terms of safety. (NEJM, 3/28/19)
BLOG
Introducing “Precision” to the CDC Genomics and Health Impact Update and the Public Health Genomics Knowledge Base. For many years, the CDC Office of Public Health Genomics has published the Genomics and Health Impact Weekly Update with the latest information and publications about the real-world impact of genomics on medicine and public health. As of today, they will add a third component to their weekly update, the topic of “precision health.” (CDC, 3/27/19)
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Augmenting Capacity for Humanitarian Emergencies of Infectious Diseases Agency for International Development. The overall scope, goal of the program(s) to be funded under the award(s) resulting from this APS includes: establishing standby capacity by strengthening and augmenting preparedness and readiness of and between potential responders from national and/or international NGOs organizations, PIOs, academic and private institutions, improving technical capacity and coordination for an integrated, effective multi-sectoral response to an infectious disease outbreak that becomes humanitarian emergency. (Grants.gov, 3/27/19)
Homeland Security & Disaster Preparedness
PRESS RELEASE
Secretary Nielsen Statement on Executive Order to Protect the US from Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks. On March 26, President Donald J. Trump signed the Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses, the first-ever comprehensive whole-of-government policy to build resilience and protect against electromagnetic pulses, or EMPs, which are temporary electromagnetic signals that can disrupt, degrade, and damage technology and critical infrastructure systems across large areas. (DHS, 3/27/19)
NEWS
Shelby Releases Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Legislation. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the text of emergency supplemental appropriations legislation that will help millions of Americans recover and rebuild from recent natural disasters. The measure provides $13.45 billion in supplemental funding for states and territories recently ravaged by tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, typhoons, and other such events. (US Senate Committee on Appropriations, 3/26/19)
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
Engaging State and Local Emergency Management Agencies to Improve Ability to Prepare for and Respond to All-Hazards Events. Subject to the availability of funding, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces this funding opportunity for a cooperative agreement with a national, non-profit organization to strengthen public health infrastructure through engagement with state and local emergency management agencies. (Grants.gov, 3/26/19)
Radiological & Nuclear Disaster Preparedness
WORKSHOP
Public Health Radiation Preparedness Capacity Building Workshop in Washington State. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Washington State Department of Health, are hosting a technical assistance and capacity building workshop on radiation preparedness for public health preparedness and emergency management officials. (NACCHO, 4/19)
Science & Technology Policy
This Week's Hearings
Full Committee Hearing to Examine the President's FY 2020 Budget Request for DOE. US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 4/2/2019, 10AM. Dirksen Senate Office Building, 366. More.
Oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 4/2/2019, 10AM. Dirksen Senate Office Building, 406. More.