The Health News USA January 18 2018

  • A 6-year-old Florida boy has died from rabies he contracted after being scratched by an infected bat. The father of Ryker Roque told NBC News that the boy died Sunday at an Orlando hospital.  Father Henry Roque said he had found a sick bat, put it in a bucket and told his son not to touch it, but he did and was scratched.
  • Armed with scarves and Google maps, a hearty crew of Obamacare “navigators” and volunteers paused for a pep talk before they swarmed a D.C. neighborhood in near-freezing temperatures. Their mission is to root out the city’s uninsured and steer them toward an Obamacare program, despite President Trump’s claim that it’s already dead and must be replaced.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a planned session on preparing for a nuclear disaster. The session was to take place Tuesday at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta and was supposed to stream live to anyone wishing to watch.
    Officials conducting the session on the public health response to a nuclear disaster were planning to include presentations on “Preparing for the Unthinkable” and “Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness.”

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 18th of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ryker-roque-killed-by-rabid-bat-orlando-florida/

A six-year-old Florida boy has died from rabies he contracted after being scratched by an infected bat. The father of Ryker Roque told NBC News that the boy died Sunday at an Orlando hospital.  Father Henry Roque said he had found a sick bat, put it in a bucket and told his son not to touch it, but he did and was scratched.

He said he washed the wound thoroughly but didn’t take the boy to the hospital because he cried when he was told he would get shots. About a week later, the boy developed numb fingers and a headache and his parents took him for hospital treatment. Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms develop. A vaccine given after a wound but before symptoms almost always prevents the disease.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/15/obamacare-enrollment-volunteers-seek-uninsured-blu/

Armed with scarves and Google maps, a hearty crew of Obamacare “navigators” and volunteers paused for a pep talk before they swarmed a D.C. neighborhood in near-freezing temperatures. Their mission is to root out the city’s uninsured and steer them toward an Obamacare program, despite President Trump’s claim that it’s already dead and must be replaced.

D.C. Council member Brandon Todd, a Democrat said: “Especially with all the challenges we’ve seen at the federal level, it’s even more important that we let people know they still have the opportunity to sign up.” While Obamacare enrollment is a distant memory in much of the country, the bluest areas are still hitting the pavement. They have sign-up periods well beyond the six-week enrollment that Mr. Trump allowed for the thirty nine states that rely on the federal HealthCare.gov site.
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In addition to shortening the federal sign-up period, the Trump administration also cut outreach and advertising, leaving Obamacare defenders working their ground game.
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The D.C. exchange says it is on track to match last year’s enrollment period, which also lasted twelve weeks, though volunteers are hoping for a surge in the final week of enrollment.

The tax cut bill passed last year axed the individual mandate that forced Americans to hold coverage — though that doesn’t kick in until next year.

But the Trump administration has taken a number of steps to tighten the program, making it less generous to customers but, federal agencies say, more logical in its operations. For example, customers were required to pay their first premiums before the start of the year, avoiding the situation in past years when people signed up — boosting enrollment numbers — but failed to pay and were quickly dropped from the rolls.

http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/15/health/cdc-nuclear-disaster-preparedness-postponed/index.html

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a planned session on preparing for a nuclear disaster. The session was to take place Tuesday at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta and was supposed to stream live to anyone wishing to watch.
Officials conducting the session on the public health response to a nuclear disaster were planning to include presentations on “Preparing for the Unthinkable” and “Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness.”

Instead, the CDC website for the series now lists a January sixteen session entitled “Public Health Response to a Sharp Increase in Severe Seasonal Influenza.” A note at the top states that the session “will provide key and timely information for public health professionals on how to reduce the spread of seasonal flu … ” A note at the bottom reads: “The previous public health topic will be rescheduled for a future Grand Rounds.”

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“Grand rounds” is a monthly lecture presented by the CDC for an audience of those who work in public health including doctors, clinicians, epidemiologists and other health care workers. The initial announcement on the topic of nuclear disaster response and preparedness drew attention as it coincidentally came just after US President Donald Trump taunted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter about the size and power of his nuclear button. At the time, the CDC said the session was unrelated to news events.

Kathy Harben, chief of the news media branch at CDC, said the agency, “provides for the common defense of the country against all health threats,” adding that planning for grand rounds began last April and the topic was set well in advance.

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