May 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) today released a 3-day online course to teach state and local public health officials how to respond to human cases of H5N1 avian influenza.The course, titled “CDC/CSTE Rapid Response Training: The Role of Public Health in a Multi-Agency Response to Avian Influenza in the United States,” is available on the CSTE Web site. It consists of six modules that cover surveillance, case management, personal protective equipment, poultry farm investigation, management and public health action, and laboratory issues. The downloadable materials include lectures, presentations, case studies, tabletop exercises, and other items.Jennifer Lemmings, deputy director of programs for the CSTE, told CIDRAP News the materials are freely available to individuals or groups and are designed to meet the multidisciplinary needs of a wide range of public health professionals. Though the course is intended to provide 3 days of group instruction, the modules can be shortened or modified to meet the needs of different public health workers.The online course was developed from courses that the CDC and CSTE conducted early this year in Washington, DC, Denver, and Atlanta. A key component of the training is coordination between veterinary and human public health agencies at all governmental levels, the CDC said in a press release today.”The unique aspect of the training is that it brings together human and animal health professionals, who would work together as part of a multidisciplinary response to an avian influenza threat,” said Joshua Mott, an epidemiologist in the CDC’s influenza division who led the course development. “Importantly, this training also teaches public health response skills that are applicable to other emerging diseases.”The CDC and CSTE developed the online curriculum with educators at the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness. Support for the regional courses and the online adaptation came from a $2 million grant from the CDC.No human or avian infections with the lethal strain of H5N1 have been reported in North America. Birds in 58 countries have tested positive for the virus, while 12 countries have reported human H5N1 cases.See also:May 15 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2007/r070515.htm
Jovenel Moise PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – President Jovenel Moise says 2019 must result in Haiti achieving “credible, honest, democratic and transparent elections” and his administration will provide the necessary resources to accomplish that feat.Addressing the opening of a new Parliament session, Moise, whose victory in January 2017 ended an election process that stretched on for 14 months, said that Haiti is going through a “decisive period” as this is the fourth and last year of the 50th legislature.The bicameral National Assembly of Haiti consists of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The Chamber of Deputies has 99 members, who are elected by popular vote for a four-year term, while the 30 members of the Senate are elected to serve six-year terms, with one third elected every two years.Moise told legislators 2018 had been characterized by economic, political and social challenges and this year “should allow us to be more concerned about the respect of the constitutional prescriptions, to strive, in the patriotic spirit, to overcome crises that threaten the survival of the nation.”But he told legislators that at the same time, this year his government intends to strengthen its structural recovery program. He said the political turbulence has had a negative impact on the local economy, leading to unemployment that is likely to continue.“Also, all of us: State authorities, civil society, the private sector, we are obliged to undertake more initiatives that will enable the country to attract domestic and foreign direct investment, create jobs and increase agricultural production and industrial national.”He said it is with the aim of achieving these objectives that the government will urgently undertakes the strengthening of measures to combat corruption and impunity, reduce the State’s lifestyle and clean up public accounts.The opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.Several people have died as a result of the protests.
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