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Fungal Meningitis Outbreak in US, 2012

on Sun, 10/28/2012 - 22:27

On September 18, 2012, the Tennessee Department of Health was alerted by a clinician regarding a patient with culture-confirmed Aspergillus fumigatus meningitis diagnosed 46 days after epidural steroid injection at a Tennessee ambulatory surgical center. This date marked the begin of an outbreAk of Fungal Meningitis in US that spread suddenly to some states of the country.

A data visualizations to help describing the spread of this outbreak including cases, deaths and health facilities that received contaminated steroid injections is featured.

CDC Quick Learn Lessons: How to create an EpiCurve

on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 02:46

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created these Quick Learn Lessons about Outbreak investigation and analysis, including concepts and practices about Epi Curve, Mode of Spread of communicable diseases, period of exposure and recognizing the biosafety levels for learners without an epidemiology background or those looking to refresh their skills.