Emergency Funding for New York City Legionella Outbreak
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing $1,300,000 in urgent funding through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Cooperative Agreement to the New York City Department of Health (NYC HD)to combat an outbreak of Legionella. As of August 18, 2015 NYC HD has identified 127 cases and 12 deaths associated with this public health emergency. These funds will be used by NYC HD to (1) create sustainable environmental and laboratory capacity at NYC HD to respond to Legionella outbreak, (2) enhance laboratory capacity of detection, isolation, and molecular characterization of clinical and environmental strains at the New York City public health laboratory, (3) include sequence-based typing and eventually whole genome sequencing, and (4) allow NYC HD to characterize the geographic distribution of Legionella strains throughout New York City, support the new public health engineering program to monitor the compliance of building owners with the new cooling tower regulations, and work with CDC to evaluate the impact of these regulations.
NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin: Reproductive Risks Associated With Hazardous Drug Exposures in Healthcare Workers and Recommendations for Reducing Exposures
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announces the availability of a draft Current Intelligence Bulletin entitled NIOSH Current Intelligence Bulletin: Reproductive Risks Associated with Hazardous Drug Exposures in Healthcare Workers and Recommendations for Reducing Exposures now available for public comment. To view the notice and related materials, visit http://www.regulations.gov and enter CDC- 2015-0003 in the search field and click ``Search.'' Public comment period: Electronic or written comments must be received March 24, 2015.