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News You Can Use: Trusted Resources on Ebola

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Written by: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Contact Sheila at: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

The Ebola virus is all over the news these days; the World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared the outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency. As always, we urge everyone to use authoritative resources for information and common sense when evaluating news and reports. Remember, there have not been any cases of human illness or death due to Ebola reported in the western hemisphere. Good information can be your best defense.

For basic information about the virus, MedlinePlus is the best starting point for research. Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) and learning about the category is a great place to begin: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hemorrhagicfevers.html (also available in Spanish). MedlinePlus provides links to other great resources, such as the World Health Organization, covering the overall VHF category, http://www.who.int/topics/haemorrhagic_fevers_viral/en/ and Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in particular, http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is our primary research organization and they are working overtime addressing this crisis; learn about it from them at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/vhf.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/. The CDC also provides a helpful guide to assist health professionals when evaluating patients suspected of having the Ebola virus: http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00364.asp. A perhaps less known government organization, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is another great source of information, as they are working together with many other organizations and colleagues to develop vaccines and treatments: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/ebolaMarburg/research/Pages/default.aspx.

Learning the facts before becoming overly alarmed remains good advice regarding all illnesses. With Ebola, receiving intensive treatment as soon as possible is key. Untested, rumored treatments and cures are dangerous because they provide false hope and often prevent or delay people from seeking medical treatment. Major health organizations work hard to provide and disperse good information along with treatment; knowing where to send colleagues and friends for quality information is important and we should all learn what we can before the virus ever reaches our shores.

Free Online Class Announcement: Public Health Information on the Web

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Class:  Public Health Information on the Web

Where: Free, Online via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

Presenter: Sheila Snow-Croft, MLIS, MA, Public Health Coordinator. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A)

Contact Sheila at: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Register: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html

Date/Time: August 5-26, 2014

Three webinars will be broadcast during this class:

  • Thursday, 8/07/14: 11am – 12pm  ET
  • Thursday, 8/14/14: 11am – 12pm  ET
  • Thursday, 8/21/14: 11am – 12pm  ET

Summary:  The field of public health encompasses a wide array of disciplines including health education, epidemiology, and nursing. Digital literacy and the effective utilization of online information are among the core public health informatics competencies of the 21st century. This course will highlight web resources tailored to the public health workforce and public health information specialists.

The course uses Moodle, a free online course management system that does not require a software download. There will be three 1 hour Adobe Connect webinars along with discussions and assignments. If attending the live webinars is not possible, recordings will be available for viewing afterwards.

Participants who complete all requirements will be eligible for 4 Medical Library Association Contact Hours.

CDC Releases Information Re: West Virginia Chemical Release

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an Emergency Preparedness & Response page on the 2014 West Virginia chemical release. The page contains information about 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and contains useful links to other resources.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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