Public Health Updates

The following items were posted on the BHIC Blog.

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FDA Revamps Recall Resource, Promotes Food-Safety Awareness
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm2005683.htm
The United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world.
Nevertheless, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), foodborne disease causes approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the U.S. each year — and that’s just an estimate… The updated FDA web page Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts makes it easier for consumers to use with search results providing data from news releases and other recall announcements in a tabular format. Covering recalls of food, drugs, products affecting animal health, biologics and medical devices, the table organizes information from news releases on recalls since 2009 by date, product brand name, product description, reason for the recall and the recalling company. It also provides a link to the news release on each recall for more detailed information. [The Highlight HEALTH
Network]

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
May 18, 2011
English http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/events/hvad/Pages/default.aspx
Spanish http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/events/HVAD/Pages/span.aspx
May 18th is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD). This annual observance is a day to recognize and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine. It is also a day to educate our communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.

Get educated about AIDS vaccines through an online tutorial called “Introduction to AIDS Vaccineshttp://www.nmac.org/vt/en [National Minority AIDS Council ]

Public Health Students Respond to Mock Emergency
http://bit.ly/lNSHyV
Students in the Emerging Infectious Diseases course in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University participated in a mock drill/table-top exercise that simulated responding to a flu pandemic. Read two students’ description of this exercise. It’s good to know the preparation future public health practitioners are receiving. “This kind of hands-on, practical learning experience prepares us– future public health leaders– for the potential of an outbreak situation or emergency situation in our public health careers.”

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