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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recap of 2019 health threats and responses (Part 2)

From an outbreak of mysterious lung-injury deaths to America’s near loss of measles elimination status, the beginning of the end of the U.S. HIV epidemic to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), CDC worked around the clock – and around the globe – to protect Americans from domestic and global health threats in 2019. Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest health...

Ebola outbreak unlikely in Kentucky, but DPH officials say they are prepared to act

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials say they are coordinating multiple efforts related to Ebola preparedness to increase the level of readiness for hospitals, local health departments, other health providers and partners to deal with any potential cases of Ebola in the state in the unlikely event of such an occurrence.   There have been no cases of Ebola reported in Kentucky.   Ebola...

CDC, Frontier Airlines passenger notification underway; new Ebola patient flew Oct. 13

On the morning of Oct. 14, the second healthcare worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the second healthcare worker who tested positive last night for Ebola traveled by air Oct. 13, the day before she reported symptoms.   Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of...

Keven Moore on Insurance: You can never be too prepared for Ebola or other health risks

No doubt, there is a lot of interest in – and concern about – the deadly Ebola virus that appears to be spiraling out of control in West Africa and, just recently, found its way into the United States with two confirmed cases. It’s gotten so bad lately that watching television might seem more like watching the 1995 movie Outbreak than the nightly news.   President Barack Obama...

Lexington health department is revisiting disease response plan in light of ebola

Lexington’s commissioner of health says health officials in government and health care have already successfully dealt with three distinct situations since May in which international travelers brought back symptoms that could have been “the early onset of serious viral diseases including Ebola,” and that the CDC called the city’s response “terrific.”   Dr. Rice...