POST 52. October 18, 2020. ZIKA/ EBOLA/ CANDIDA AURIS/ SEVERE FLU/ Tracking. “… if there was a severe flu pandemic, more than 33 million people could be killed across the world in 250 days… Boy, do we not have our act together.” —”- Bill Gates. July 1, 2018

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1.Former hospital prez says: Designate local Zika centers now. Medical experts do not know if, or where, or how much, or on what trajectory the Zika virus may spread across the United States.

2.The ER clerk asked me “How do you spell Zika?

3.With little guidance about caring for Zika patients, hospitals are planning on their own

4.Hospitals are developing their own Zika preparedness models. Compare the Central Florida and Johns Hopkins approaches! Which template makes more sense?

5.All pregnant women with Zika diagnosed at community hospitals must be referred to academic medical centers for prenatal care!

6.EBOLA is back in Africa. Is ZIKA next? Are we prepared?

7.Study Findings: Five percent of pregnant women with a confirmed Zika infection.. went on to have a baby with a related birth defect

8.In June WEST NILE was identified nationwide. Today it’s POWASSAN VIRUS. – ARE WE PREPARED FOR A SURGE OF EMERGING MOSQUITO AND TICK BORNE VIRUSES?

9.“Houston Braces for Another Brush With the Peril of Zika” *. But they are doing passive not active surveillance. IS YOU AREA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PREPARED FOR A SURGE OF AN EMERGING VIRUS LIKE ZIKA?

10.Locally transmitted ZIKA case in Texas! Are we ready?

11.CDC deactivated its emergency response center for Zika.. The first probable locally acquired Zika case in 2017 has been confirmed in Texas….

12.“We are arguably as vulnerable—or more vulnerable—to another (flu) pandemic as we were in 1918.”

13.The CDC postponed its briefing on preparation for nuclear war and will focus on responding to severe influenza (A)

14.“Think hospitals are under a strain now, from a slightly bad flu season? Wait until a really bad one hits.”

15.Government Shutdown. “The CDC would furlough key staff amid one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory….”

16.“..in a severe (flu) pandemic, the U.S. healthcare system could be overwhelmed in just weeks.

17.“we are not finished with Zika… It very well could come back.” Are we ready?

18.New Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo

19.As ZIKA and EBOLA reemerge, Trump administration cuts funding to halt international epidemics

20.“With an outbreak like this, it’s a race against time, as one Ebola patient with symptoms can infect several people every day.”

21.EBOLA, ZIKA. EMERGING VIRUSES. “ All too often with infectious diseases, it is only when people start to die that necessary action is taken.”

22.PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS. “It’s like a chain—one weak link and the whole thing falls apart. You need no weak links.”

23.Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak has been “largely contained”…

24.“Slightly over a month into the response, further spread of [Ebola Virus Disease] has largely been contained,” WHO announced on June 20.

25.“… if there was a severe flu pandemic, more than 33 million people could be killed across the world in 250 days….Boy, do we not have our act together.” — Bill Gates”.

26.After Ebola scare, Denver Health wishes it notified public of potential deadly virus sooner

27.At least 10 health-care workers have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus as they battle an outbreak in an eastern province of Congo

28.“…(WHO) reports the next seven to 10 days are critical in controlling the spread of the Ebola virus in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.”

29. Candida Auris. Is it ethical for the public not be notified about new “super bugs” in hospitals so they can decide whether or not to go to affected hospital

30. CANDIDA AURIS. “In 30 years, I’ve never faced so tough a reporting challenge — and one so unexpected. Who wouldn’t want to talk about a fungus?…

31. CANDIDA AURIS. “Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are everywhere. If your hospital claims it doesn’t have them, it isn’t looking hard enough.” (D)

32.EBOLA. June17, 2019. “Three cases of EBOLA have emerged in Uganda, a neighboring country to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

33. CANDIDA AURIS. “.. nursing facilities, and long-term hospitals, are…continuously cycling infected patients, or those who carry the germ, into hospitals and back again.”

34.EBOLA. Ebola Treatment Centers are having difficulty maintaining their ability to respond to Ebola cases that may come again to the U.S.

October 18, 2020

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