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CDC Responding to E. Coli Outbreak in Europe

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The scientific reaction and the diplomatic squabbling about the recent E. coli outbreak has been mostly limited to wider Europe. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they are monitoring the situation and, indeed, two cases have already been reported in the U.S.

This outbreak, characterized by a rare strain of E. coli, has hit Europe – especially Germany – with unusual swiftness and force that left scientists stunned. An NBC News report included experts saying things like “unprecedented,” and representatives from the World Health Organization said that this strain of E. coli has never been isolated in patients before.

The number of cases in now in the thousands. The Robert Koch Institute, the federal public health service of Germany, said that as of Tuesday, 470 of those cases had developed into hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. According to a New York Times story, HUS attacks the kidneys and can be fatal. As of this morning, 17 people have died.

While the epicenter of the outbreak seems to be Northern Germany, the exact origin is unclear. Spanish cucumbers were originally a culprit, but that theory was later discredited. Spain, in the meantime, is considering a lawsuit for being named; Russia has issued a blanket ban on vegetable imports from Europe, while the United Arab Emirates banned cucumbers from four European countries.

So far, the story is largely unfolding an ocean away; save for the two U.S. cases – which affected two Americans who had recently traveled to Hamburg, Germany, in the northern part of the country – the story feels far removed.

But it is of some importance for the CDC. The agency reports that it is following developments in the outbreak and has maintained contact with RKI in Germany. Moreover, it is serving as a conduit by passing on information to state and local health authorities. (The CDC press release, linked above, also has a list of four frequently asked questions.)

Still, the CDC is limited in what it can do, according to Karl Moeller, executive director of our sister organizations, Campaign for Public Health and The CPH Foundation. (Moeller has frequently led Congressional tours of CDC headquarters and offices.) Because there are no cases that originated in the U.S., the CDC would likely play only a support role if asked by the RKI, he said.

Of course, the CDC will continue its own surveillance and, as noted, pass along updates to relevant U.S. authorities. Since the disease is rare, hospitals and other health care providers may not think to test for this strain of E. coli. Moeller said the CDC may play a role in warning hospitals.

Campaign for Public Health Foundation Creates Disease Surveillance Fact Sheet

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The Campaign for Public Health Foundation was given a grant from the Life Technologies Foundation and as a result, was able to develop a fact sheet that describes the field of disease surveillance. This Disease Surveillance Fact Sheet  will fit within a series of others that depict various fields within public health.

To receive more information on the fact sheet or to request a hard copy contact Kristen Latona at kristenl@cpfoundation.org.

CPH: Reform Must Include Prevention

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Yesterday the Campaign for Public Health sent an open letter (PDF) to all members of Congress about the need for prevention in health reform legislation.

This letter requested that strong public health and prevention provisions be included in any final health reform measure and was sent to several senior members of Congress involved in health reform. This critical letter was signed by more than 30 senior leaders in health, including:

  • Seven former CDC Directors from both Republican and Democratic Administrations;
  • Former Speaker of the House, The Honorable Newt Gingrich;
  • Two former Surgeons General;
  • Two former high ranking members of Congress;
  • Prominent budget, policy and executive leaders who served at the Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • Local health leaders from municipalities around the nation.

Download the letter from www.FundCDC.org.

CDC Using Social Media

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Be Safe! Visit www.cdc.govThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reaching out to audiences with social media tools, including graphical buttons available for use on any Web site, e-health data briefs, e-cards, widgets, podcasts and accounts on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook, among others.

Use these tools to connect to CDC and help spread the message about the importance of public health. And for more information about the important work done by the CDC, visit the Campaign for Public Health and Campaign for Public Health Foundation.

CPH Ads on Metro Trains

Monday, April 20th, 2009

CPH AdWith support from Ogilvy Public Relations and in partnership with 23 organizations, the Campaign for Public Health has developed an issue-specific series of advertisements highlighting the diverse and important work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ads will be sent to all congressional offices and will be used as handouts during lobbying visits.

The ads appear in Washington Metro trains for at least a month, beginning last week. This timing coincides with the release of the president’s detailed budget request to Congress. See all four ads at www.FundCDC.org.

Support $2 Billion Increase for CDC in FY 2010

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Contact Your Representative

Representatives Jim McGovern (MA), Kay Granger (TX) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), the bipartisan Co-chairs of the Congressional Study Group on Public Health, are inviting their colleagues in Congress to join them on a letter in support of increasing the CDC’s core program budget to $8.6 billion in FY 2010. Please visit the Campaign for Public Health’s Web site to contact your Representative and urge him or her to sign on to the letter.

The letter to Labor Health and Human Services and Education Chairman David Obey (WI) and Ranking Member Todd Tiahrt (KS) (PDF) asks the Committee for a $2 billion increase in CDC’s core program funding – from today’s $6.6 billion to $8.6 billion in FY 2010. The deadline to sign the letter is April 3, so take action today!

An Ounce of Prevention Creates a Pound of Stimulus

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

The Campaign for Public Health today released an open letter regarding prevention and wellness funding in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act:

It is well understood that our nation’s public health system has been significantly eroded in recent years, and even recent investments in preparedness are on the wane. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating prevention efforts, years of budget cuts and level funding have reduced its buying power significantly. Other federal agencies undertaking important public health work have suffered similar cutbacks. The potential for a widespread deterioration of our nation’s health protection system is real.

Worsening this erosion are the more recent state budget shortfalls caused by the faltering economy. A 2008 survey by the National Association of County and City Health Officials found that approximately half of local health departments lost a total of 7,000 staff to due attrition or lay-offs. The full impact of this economic crisis is still looming.

Over-extended and under-recognized, public health workers continue to monitor and combat illnesses such as measles, diabetes and tuberculosis. Public health officials also help prevent avoidable childhood injuries, detect food poisoning outbreaks, vaccinate children, battle preventable chronic diseases, protect the safety of our water and work to stop the spread of infectious disease. They also respond to natural disasters and acts of terrorism while protecting our borders from traveling pathogens such as SARS. The list goes on. The importance of their work is easy to recognize.

The Obama Administration and congressional champions such as Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Tom Harkin have supported efforts to restore and strengthen our nation’s public health system. They are joined by many others in Congress on both sides of the political spectrum who would like our nation’s health system to strengthen prevention and wellness efforts. Public health advocates applauded last week when $3 billion in funding for prevention programs was passed as part of the House of Representative’s version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. They were overjoyed when more than $5 billion was included in the Senate version of the same bill before it went to the Senate floor for debate.

Unfortunately, some in Congress still do not fully appreciate our public health system’s unstable footing due to budget cuts at the state and federal levels. Nor do they seem to recognize the far-reaching economic benefits of prevention and wellness funding.

During the debate over the economic recovery package in the Senate, all prevention and wellness funding was stripped out of the bill. Senate moderates — whose votes were needed to pass the recovery bill — argued that these dollars did not create jobs and did not belong in the legislation. Public health leaders argued vociferously against that assertion, concerned that eliminating public health funding will cause further job losses in the public health sector and will dramatically erode the delicate infrastructure protecting the public’s health. Others argued that failing to prevent illness could further weigh down our fragile economy.

There is a direct connection between economic stimulus and public health funding. According to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, an estimated 21,000 public health jobs are at stake in our local communities — nearly 75 percent of which are held by women. Still, public health’s role in these difficult economic times goes far deeper. It includes protecting the health status of the rising numbers of those who have lost their jobs, are underinsured or who have no health insurance and are not in a position to seek preventive care. During this recession, public health can help ensure the population is healthy, productive and ready to work.

If a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the economic recovery bill fails to include significant funding for prevention and public health, Congress will have missed an important chance to help keep the workforce healthy and prevent outbreaks of costly diseases. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides Congress with an opportunity to strengthen our nation’s public health system while strengthening the economy. Congress should recognize the importance of protecting the health of all Americans by including the House-passed prevention funding in a final compromise bill.

Mr. Evan Jones, Chairman Campaign for Public Health
Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director American Public Health Association

Women’s Health: Dear Mr. President…

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Research!America President Mary Woolley and the Campaign for Public Health are quoted in the January/February issue of Women’s Health magazine (1.1M circulation), in an open letter from the magazine’s editors. The letter carries a number of our messages and calls on President-elect Obama to make medical research and public health a higher priority and to stop the erosion in federal research funding.

“Our nation is at a health crossroads,” says Mary Woolley, president of the nonprofit advocacy group Research America. “And the news is not good.”

“The only way to get control of our health-care costs is to innovate our way out of it,” Woolley says. “If we choose to. And we are not choosing to. There are clear consequences that are going to be paid on this.”

The full article is available in the current Women’s Health issue.

CDC Core Funding – A Billion Dollar Difference

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s core programs received $6.3 billion, which would be $6.8 billion in 2008 dollars, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ consumer price index. President Bush’s FY09 budget request for CDC core programs ($5.9 billion) is almost one billion dollars below what the CDC’s budget would have been if it had just kept up with inflation since 2005. But year after year, the administration has proposed massive cuts to the CDC.

Year after year, the administration has proposed massive cuts to the CDC – but this request is the lowest proposed budget of the Administration’s last four simply in terms of dollar amounts and BEFORE accounting for inflation.

The current budget request is also one billion dollars below the professional judgment budget of Dr. Julie Gerberding, CDC director. Her professional opinion in April 2007 was that the CDC’s core programs needed $6.9 billion.

The Campaign for Public Health has created an informative graphic showing the CDC budget’s trends (PDF). Visit CPH’s Web site (www.fundcdc.org) to find ways to advocate for this federal agency whose mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury and disability.

Editorial: Disease control is not partisan

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Campaign for Public Health chair and Research!America board member Evan Jones contributed a guest column to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Dec. 18:

Both parties must recognize that disagreements over total funding levels should not result in cuts to lifesaving federal efforts that keep our communities safe and Americans healthy. Washington must protect our nation’s premier health protection agency.

Disease ignores party affiliation, state borders and policy debates. Wise legislators will care about protecting their constituents from this clever opponent.

CMR, CPH and Research!America in The Scientist Blog

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Nancy Granese and Karl Moeller, executive directors of the Campaign for Medical Research and the Campaign for Public Health, respectively, spoke with The Scientist reporter Kerry Grens about the latest appropriations development:

“We’re not going to be getting the 6.7% increase the research community had hoped for,” Granese told The Scientist. “We’re extremely disappointed.” …

(Moeller) is not as disappointed in the bill, at least as far as CDC funding goes. The bill gives the agency a 2.8% boost from FY07 levels. And while that’s not the 6.6% increase that was in the bill Congress passed originally, it’s a “huge increase over the president’s budget request from February of this year.”

Research!America provides leadership for and work with the Campaign for Medical Research and the Campaign for Public Health to help ensure strong, increased investment in the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, respectively.

The Scientist: New Push for More NIH Funds

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Research!America’s Stacie Propst, PhD, is quoted by reporter Kerry Grens in a posting onThe Scientist blog:

Stacie Propst, the senior director of policy and outreach at Research!America (a group whose board of directors includes The Scientist’s founder, Eugene Garfield), told The Scientist her group is urging lawmakers to write in a 3.1% increase in the NIH budget and a 6.6% increase in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention budget.

Grens also spoke with Karl Moeller, executive director of the Campaign for Public Health, about CDC funding.