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Man Diagnosed with Lassa Fever Dies in US After Liberia Trip

May 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A New Jersey man died after been diagnosed with Lassa fever — a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the United States, a federal health official said.  The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City's JFK International Airport.

Speakers Discuss Emerging Issues at Full-Day CPE Meeting

May 21, 2015 9:54 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York City Chapter of the Contingency Planning Exchange (CPE) hosted its third annual...

Merkel: Global Catastrophe Plan Needed After Ebola Crisis

May 19, 2015 9:13 am | by Kitsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking forward, the chancellor said Germany would give 200 million euros ($228 million) to help...

Liberia is Ebola Free, but Virus Still Looms in Guinea, Sierra Leone

May 12, 2015 12:06 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

After more than 4,700 deaths, the Ebola outbreak has come to an end in Liberia.  According to...

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Jennie-O Lays Off 233 Workers Due to Bird Flu

May 6, 2015 1:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jennie-O Turkey Store said it will lay off 233 employees at its processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Faribault because of bird flu outbreaks that have cut its turkey supply.  In a statement, the country's second-largest turkey processor said the Faribault plant will switch to a single shift for the foreseeable future.

Report: Five Months After Infection, Man Spreads Ebola Via Sex

May 5, 2015 10:41 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed.  Scientists thought the Ebola virus could remain in semen for about three months. But a recent case in West Africa suggests infection through sex can happen more than five months later.

UN Says it will Try to Identify All Ebola Cases by June

April 29, 2015 4:05 pm | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

 The World Health Organization says it aims to identify and isolate all new Ebola cases in West Africa by the end of May to stop the spread of the lethal virus before the rainy season.  The U.N. health agency said it hopes to limit transmission of the virus to the coastal areas of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone before the rainy season begins, normally in April or May.

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Bird Flu Found in Five More Northwest Iowa Poultry Farms

April 29, 2015 4:02 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said.  The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth of the state's 60 million hens, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said, or nearly 9.8 million chickens that have either been or will be euthanized.

UN Chief Names New Head of Ebola Mission as Outbreak Calms

April 27, 2015 11:22 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The U.N. chief appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end.  Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands will work closely with David Nabarro, the U.N.'s special Ebola envoy, in addressing an epidemic that has claimed more than 10,000 lives in the three hardest-hit countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

California Measles Outbreak Over

April 21, 2015 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California health authorities declared an end to a large measles outbreak in the U.S. that started at Disneyland and triggered a broader debate about vaccinations.  Disease detectives for months raced to contain the highly contagious disease, which surfaced at Disney theme parks in December and spread to a half-dozen U.S. states, Mexico and Canada.

Talking Turkey: How Bird Flu Outbreaks are Playing Out

April 9, 2015 11:22 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. H5N2 is a highly contagious virus that kills commercial poultry quickly once it gets into a barn, but risk to the public is considered low.

Dallas hospital seeks dismissal of nurse's suit over Ebola

April 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A hospital operator denied allegations of poor training and improper preparation in seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for the first U.S. patient to succumb to the deadly disease.  Texas Health Resources filed a response to the March 2 lawsuit by nurse Nina Pham,

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Sierra Leone Asks Residents to Stay Home for Three Days

March 30, 2015 1:51 pm | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.  Thousands of teams were out reminding people how Ebola is spread and how to prevent it. Teams were also going to search for Ebola cases, particularly in regions around the capital and in the north, where flare-ups persist.

Government Announces Five-Year Plan to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

March 30, 2015 1:26 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said last year that bacteria resistant to antibiotics have spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections like strep throat could kill. Antibiotic resistance also threatens animal health, agriculture, and the economy.  In an interview with WebMD, President Barack Obama said over-prescribing antibiotics is a serious problem.

Ebola Victim May Have Caught Virus from Survivor

March 25, 2015 2:38 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

A woman who tested positive for Ebola in Liberia last week is dating a survivor of the disease, a health official said, offering a possible explanation for how she became the country's first confirmed case in weeks.  The patient is now being treated at the Monrovia Medical Unit, a U.S.-built field hospital.

Liberians Volunteering for Ebola Vaccine Trial

March 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gruesome toll of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 4,200 Liberians of the more than 10,000 who have succumbed to the disease, has intensified efforts to find a vaccine for a disease that previously infected relatively few people in remote areas.

Could Change in Climate, Environment Impact the Spread of Infectious Diseases?

March 17, 2015 10:05 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Could a changing climate and changing environments have an impact on the spread of infectious diseases?  At least one Zoologist thinks so.  In an article posted in February on Continuity Insights’ sister publications R&D,  Daniel Brooks of University of Nebraska-Lincoln discussed how the spread of infectious diseases like the West Nile Virus and Ebola could be linked to changing climate.

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Ten Americans Evacuated After Ebola Exposure

March 16, 2015 3:15 pm | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay and Robbie Corey-Boulet, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten health care workers with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.  The Partners in Health staffer who became infected has already been evacuated and is receiving treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Importance of Infectious Disease Planning: A Personal Experience

March 10, 2015 11:12 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Infectious diseases are certainly not a new topic on here at Continuity Insights.  Ebola, Measles and MERS have all been in the news cycle in the last year and have been covered extensively on the website and in the CI Bulletin.   I am beginning to understand why experienced BC pros are concerned about and plan for infectious diseases even if the odds of getting them are unlikely.

Crematorium Dismantled as Liberia Gets Ebola Under Control

March 9, 2015 4:29 pm | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Marking the progress in controlling its Ebola outbreak, the Liberian government dismantled a crematorium and removed drums containing the ashes of more than 3,000 Ebola victims cremated during the height of the epidemic, whose last patient was discharged last week.

Could 'Marshall Plan' for Ebola be a Possibility?

March 4, 2015 3:38 pm | by Lorne Cook, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liberia's president called for an Ebola "Marshall Plan" to help rebuild economies in West African nations devastated by the virus.  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that "we need our international partners to remain committed to us," as the number of deaths from the disease approaches 10,000.

"Super Bug" Worth Watching for Business Continuity Professionals

March 3, 2015 11:43 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The death of two patients at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles has renewed focus on the “super bug” known as CRE, or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CRE are difficult to treat because of their resistance to antibiotics.  

Commuter May Have Exposed 1,500 to Measles

March 2, 2015 4:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the commuter who may have exposed at least 1,500 Bay Area Rapid Transit riders to measles also ate at a popular Northern California restaurant.  BART warned commuters for a second time this month about possible exposure. 

United Nations Urges Persistence in Ebola Fight

March 2, 2015 3:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations is urging donors, organizations and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000.  U.N. experts said the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has dropped to almost 10 percent of what it was in September.

U.S. Government Contracts with Quebec Biotech Company to Make Anti-Ebola Drug

February 26, 2015 8:57 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A Quebec City biotech company has been awarded a contract to make a ZMapp-like product to fight Ebola.  The U.S. government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority issued a contract to make monoclonal Ebola antibodies to Medicago.

WHO Urges Europeans to Step Up Measles Vaccinations

February 26, 2015 8:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.  WHO's regional office said cases in Europe and Central Asia fell by half from 2013 to 2014 but its goal of eliminating measles there this year is threatened.

Retired Doctor Discusses Experience With Measles

February 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Dr. Frank Jagdis knows measles. As a medical student in the pre-vaccination 1960s and later as a practicing pediatrician in Victoria, he saw the toll that measles took on children who came down with the viral infection.

North Korea Bans Foreigners from Marathon Over Ebola Concerns

February 23, 2015 3:19 pm | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

Further restricting travel to the already isolated country, North Korea barred foreigners from one of its most popular tourist events — the annual Pyongyang marathon — because of concerns over the Ebola virus, travel agencies said.  North Korean media have suggested Ebola was created by the U.S. military as a biological weapon.

BC Pros Should be Aware of Emerging Issues

February 18, 2015 3:41 pm | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The 2015 Continuity Insights Management Conference will feature several presentations from companies representing various industries that will focus on emerging issues.  Presenters will cover a wide range of topics that many BC pros will likely be faced with soon if they haven’t been working on them already.

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