Contact tracing – Royal Kazaar http://royalkazaar.com/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 10:57:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://royalkazaar.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/favicon-2022-01-06T224122.975-160x160.png Contact tracing – Royal Kazaar http://royalkazaar.com/ 32 32 River. Co. provides additional Monkeypox resources, contact tracing https://royalkazaar.com/river-co-provides-additional-monkeypox-resources-contact-tracing/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 02:20:47 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/river-co-provides-additional-monkeypox-resources-contact-tracing/ Nine more monkeypox cases were added to Riverside County’s growing total in a single weekend. Of the 59 reported cases of monkeypox, 56 of them are here in the Coachella Valley. And it’s now being called a public health emergency. The age group and sex remain the same: all men aged 20 to 60. But […]]]>

Nine more monkeypox cases were added to Riverside County’s growing total in a single weekend.

Of the 59 reported cases of monkeypox, 56 of them are here in the Coachella Valley.

And it’s now being called a public health emergency.

The age group and sex remain the same: all men aged 20 to 60.

But Riverside County Public Health is taking action in a way we already know: contact tracing.

“We continue to do contact tracing,” said Jennifer Chevinsky, Riverside County Deputy Public Health Officer, Public Health. “Part of that is identifying specific individuals, and when people are discussing specific events, we try to track those events and get lists of attendees. We also ask them who they may have been in contact with or in close physical contact with so that we can screen them and see if they would be eligible for this vaccine.

But the availability of vaccines is still extremely rare.

In a statement sent to NBC Palm Springs, Mayor Lisa Middleton said in part, “I am very pleased that nationally and statewide, monkeypox is being treated as a health crisis. …there are not enough vaccines available for those who need them. This must change…each of us must advocate to address the vaccine shortage.

Either way, public health is doing everything it can to get those most at risk vaccinated.

They even added a new vaccine interest form.

“One of the areas that people might be most interested in is that we have a vaccine interest form that we’ve added to our website,” Dr. Chevinsky explained. “So for anyone interested in getting vaccinated and concerned about being at high risk, please register on this interest form on the website so that we have your information to follow as new doses are released. available.”

Until then, they ask people to be aware of the symptoms and to continue to be proactive.

“We know there are certain things that have been linked or high risk in terms of the spread of monkeypox, so having multiple partners or anonymous partners, certain apps that are anonymous, those have all been linked throughout of the outbreak in California and nationwide,” Dr. Chevinsky continued. “So the recommendation is to monitor yourself for rashes, monitor your partner for rashes and try to reduce the potential risk in those ways to keep everyone safe.”

One of the cases reported last week was transferred to San Bernardino County.

Some of the places people can get vaccinated in the desert include Borrego, DAP, and Eisenhower Health, as well as Kaiser Permanente.

Public Health continues to add more clinics to help distribute the vaccine and also offers a home vaccination option for those who have already been exposed.

As for major upcoming events like Splash House this weekend, they haven’t been canceled yet.

For more information on the Vaccine Interest Form and where you can get vaccinated or tested, click here.

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Monkeypox contact tracing for state’s first case finds 10 West Aussies at risk https://royalkazaar.com/monkeypox-contact-tracing-for-states-first-case-finds-10-west-aussies-at-risk/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 06:53:00 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/monkeypox-contact-tracing-for-states-first-case-finds-10-west-aussies-at-risk/ WA Health has identified nearly 10 close contacts linked to WA’s first case of monkeypox – with those deemed to be at high risk in isolation and who have not yet developed symptoms. The confirmed case is of a man who recently traveled overseas and returned home to east Perth. Communicable Disease Control Directorate Director […]]]>

WA Health has identified nearly 10 close contacts linked to WA’s first case of monkeypox – with those deemed to be at high risk in isolation and who have not yet developed symptoms.

The confirmed case is of a man who recently traveled overseas and returned home to east Perth.

Communicable Disease Control Directorate Director Paul Armstrong said the man contacted a medical clinic after experiencing symptoms and has been in isolation and has been doing well since.

“There are only a small number of contacts and contact tracing is largely complete now,” he said.

“There are fewer than 10 people who are classified as high, medium or low risk contacts. High-risk contacts will be isolated at home and will be contacted daily.

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CUPHD announces end of COVID contact tracing https://royalkazaar.com/cuphd-announces-end-of-covid-contact-tracing/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 03:14:57 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/cuphd-announces-end-of-covid-contact-tracing/ CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – The Champaign Urbana Public Health District announced Monday that beginning August 15, it will no longer contact people who test positive for COVID-19 and will also suspend its contact tracing program. . But officials said that doesn’t mean people should let their guard down. As COVID will continue to linger in […]]]>

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) – The Champaign Urbana Public Health District announced Monday that beginning August 15, it will no longer contact people who test positive for COVID-19 and will also suspend its contact tracing program. .

But officials said that doesn’t mean people should let their guard down.

As COVID will continue to linger in our county, we are entering a period where state and federal mandates are rescinded, funding is reduced, and resources are reallocated,” said CUPHD Administrator Julie Pryde. “That’s no reason to be complacent; rather, we believe Champaign County residents have the knowledge and tools at their disposal to take effective precautions to prevent COVID-19 infections and to make timely care decisions if they are tested for COVID- 19 positive.

Robert Davies, another CUPHD official, echoed that sentiment.

“We still want people to take precautions when community levels are high,” said CUPHD official Robert Davies. “The recommendation is that they wear a face mask indoors and in public places to protect themselves and others.”

Several other changes are coming as a result of this announcement. Chief among them, the CUPHD will no longer be able to provide hotel rooms as alternative accommodation for people who are COVID-positive or provide food assistance to people sheltering in place.

Information on how to safely isolate at home can be found on the CUPHD website and will be updated regularly, while a list of available resources can be found on the City of Champaign and on the UC Community Resource Guide from the University of Illinois School of Social Work.

Antigen testing will continue to be available in long-term care facilities and other congregate living organizations to test symptomatic patients and residents.

CUPHD will continue to monitor COVID trends and outbreaks and provide support to its public health partners. They reiterated that people should be vaccinated and strengthened because vaccines are the best tool to fight the pandemic.

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LA County reduced COVID-19 contact tracing as supercontagious BA.5 increases | app https://royalkazaar.com/la-county-reduced-covid-19-contact-tracing-as-supercontagious-ba-5-increases-app/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 20:32:20 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/la-county-reduced-covid-19-contact-tracing-as-supercontagious-ba-5-increases-app/ LOS ANGELES — After Julianne Cline came out and was tested for COVID-19 in June, text messages and voicemails quickly piled up from contact tracers in Los Angeles County who wanted to speak to her. Cline, 32, ignored them. She’d been sick for days, and by the time she woke up from bed to get […]]]>

LOS ANGELES — After Julianne Cline came out and was tested for COVID-19 in June, text messages and voicemails quickly piled up from contact tracers in Los Angeles County who wanted to speak to her.

Cline, 32, ignored them. She’d been sick for days, and by the time she woke up from bed to get officially tested, it seemed like “by the time they did contact tracing, it would have been so long these people would probably have Already gotten sick,” said the Manhattan Beach resident.

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Monkeypox in British Columbia: Province Conducts Contact Tracing and Vaccination Campaign https://royalkazaar.com/monkeypox-in-british-columbia-province-conducts-contact-tracing-and-vaccination-campaign/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 19:20:49 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/monkeypox-in-british-columbia-province-conducts-contact-tracing-and-vaccination-campaign/ The British Columbia government says its monkeypox vaccination campaign is in full swing and public health personnel are conducting contact tracing for anyone who may have been exposed to the disease. On Wednesday, 61 cases of monkeypox were confirmed in three British Columbia health authorities Fifty-four cases have been confirmed at Vancouver Coastal Health, four […]]]>

The British Columbia government says its monkeypox vaccination campaign is in full swing and public health personnel are conducting contact tracing for anyone who may have been exposed to the disease.

On Wednesday, 61 cases of monkeypox were confirmed in three British Columbia health authorities

Fifty-four cases have been confirmed at Vancouver Coastal Health, four at Island Health and three at Fraser Health. No cases were reported to Northern Health or Interior Health on Friday.

VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

The province says Health Canada has a “limited supply” of smallpox vaccine, which can be used to treat monkeypox.

The federal government distributes limited quantities of this vaccine to each province. As of Friday, British Columbia had received 14,480 doses of the vaccine, including post-exposure doses.

As of Wednesday, British Columbia had administered 7,200 of those doses. New vaccines are ordered weekly and distributed to each health authority as required by the provincial government.

The province says most vaccines have been sent to the Lower Mainland, where the majority of infections have occurred.

According to the province, monkeypox is not easily transmitted and requires long periods of skin-to-skin contact for infection.

Currently, only people at high risk of exposure to the disease are eligible for a vaccine.

Anyone can get the disease, although the province says people who identify as transgender, gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men are generally most at risk, along with workers in the sex.

A complete list of eligibility criteria for a monkeypox vaccine is available on the BC Center for Disease Control website.

“Although the number of cases in British Columbia remains low, some community transmission has been identified,” the province said in a statement Monday.

Symptoms of monkeypox usually manifest in two stages: first with flu-like symptoms, then with rashes, sores, or blisters.

Symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after exposure, but can occur up to three weeks later.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared a public health emergency due to the spread of monkeypox and called on countries around the world to coordinate and manage what it calls an outbreak of the disease.

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Isolation wards, contact tracing: How southern states are preparing for monkeypox https://royalkazaar.com/isolation-wards-contact-tracing-how-southern-states-are-preparing-for-monkeypox/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 12:37:46 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/isolation-wards-contact-tracing-how-southern-states-are-preparing-for-monkeypox/ With a 34-year-old man in Delhi testing positive for monkeypox, the number of known cases in India rose to four on July 24. After a 34-year-old man with no travel history was found infected with monkeypox in Delhi on July 24, India’s tally rose to four. The Union government has held a high-level review meeting […]]]>

With a 34-year-old man in Delhi testing positive for monkeypox, the number of known cases in India rose to four on July 24.

After a 34-year-old man with no travel history was found infected with monkeypox in Delhi on July 24, India’s tally rose to four. The Union government has held a high-level review meeting on the matter, with the other three cases being detected in Kerala. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current outbreak of monkeypox a global health emergency on July 21.

According to the WHO, monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals), with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although clinically less severe. As contact tracing and quarantine of those who came into contact with the most recent patient – the infected man in Delhi – continues, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP), which was the nerve center of the national capital’s fight against COVID-19, also constituted a 20-member team made up of dermatologists, doctors, doctors of different specialties, nurses, orderlies and technicians.

Here’s what South Indian states are doing to prepare and prevent the spread of the disease.


Kerala

Kerala has three known cases of monkeypox – the most recent was a 35-year-old man, who came to the UAE state on July 6 and confirmed to have monkeypox on July 22. The first patient – in the state and the country – is a native of Kollam who had traveled to the United Arab Emirates and was confirmed to have monkeypox on July 14. And the second case is a 31-year-old native of Kannur who returned to Dubai State on July 13, confirmed to be infected on July 18.

The state government issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) on July 20 regarding the isolation, specimen collection and treatment of people suspected of having monkeypox or showing symptoms. Kerala Health Minister Veena George said anyone who has traveled in the last 21 days to a country where monkeypox has been reported and who has red spots on their body as well as one or many of the other symptoms, such as fever, headache, or body aches. , should suspect infection with the virus. Additionally, all primary contacts should be monitored for 21 days by monitoring them by phone and recording their temperature twice a day.

Patients with monkeypox and those transporting them to healthcare facilities should wear PPE kits, N95 masks, gloves and other protective equipment.

The state government has also required that samples be collected based on National Institute of Virology (NIV) protocols and sent to the same lab. Patients should be referred to private hospitals from public hospitals based on patient requests, and only critically ill patients from public hospitals with isolation facilities should be referred to medical schools.


Telangana

Telangana currently has one suspected case of monkeypox – a 40-year-old man who returned from Kuwait on July 6 and is from Kamareddy district in Telangana. He developed a fever on July 20 and rashes on July 23, and was transferred to Government Fever Hospital in Hyderabad. Six of the individuals’ contacts are also being kept in isolation.

Telangana Health Minister Harish Rao has called for monkeypox tests to be carried out at airports, but a decision on this will have to be made by the Union Government.

Apart from adhering to Union Government protocols, specific public hospitals would also be identified so that patients can receive the required support without delay. The state government is reportedly designating isolation centers.

“As per the orders of the Honorable Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, they are studying the disease which is being reported in different countries and other states and keeping abreast of the WHO and ICMR guidelines,” Rao had said, according to a July 18 press release. “As soon as suspicious symptoms related to the virus are identified, samples should be taken from the victims and tests should be carried out,” he added.

People are also advised to contact 04024651119 and 9030227324 for seasonal illnesses, monkeypox, vaccination and advice in flood affected areas.


Karnataka

Karnataka has stepped up monkeypox surveillance given the three cases in Kerala. The State Government has directed all districts to ensure effective preparedness and take necessary action in accordance with Union Government guidelines and Technical Advisory Committee recommendations regarding monkeypox.

District Health Officers (DHOs)/District Surveillance Officers (DSOs) have been instructed to ensure that health screening teams at Points of Entry (PoE) into the state (airports or seaports) , disease surveillance teams and physicians working in hospitals need to be reoriented on common signs and symptoms, diagnosis, case definitions, etc. suspected, probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox and contacts. They should also be trained in contact tracing and other surveillance activities that should be undertaken after a probable case of Monkeypox is detected, such as testing and other associated IPC (infection prevention and control) protocols and clinical management. , indicates the circular. Intensive risk communication should be undertaken for healthcare workers in healthcare settings and in commonly identified sites such as skin and pediatrics, DPOs, vaccination clinics and intervention sites identified by NACO, etc

In all district hospitals, two beds should be designated for the isolation of suspected and confirmed cases.


Andhra Pradesh

As a child suspected of having monkeypox in Andhra Pradesh has tested negative for the disease, the Andhra Pradesh chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has advised the state to take precautions . According to a report, IMA Andhra Pradesh President Srinivasa Raju said measures such as screening international travellers, obtaining the monkeypox vaccine from Australia and designating isolation in district hospitals for those suspected of having the disease in the future should be taken. The IMA has also advised awareness programs for health and nursing professionals and for those who were not vaccinated against smallpox as children.


Tamil Nadu

Like Karnataka, which stepped up monkeypox surveillance after neighboring Kerala recorded monkeypox cases, Tamil Nadu has also done the same. According to reports, people in TN districts bordering Kerala are experiencing leveling. In addition, district hospitals and medical college hospitals also test people with fever and skin lesions, which is a symptom of monkeypox.

Last week, the state had stepped up screening at the state’s international airports – Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Tiruchi – after preparing and communicating a list of high-risk countries to airport authorities. A 10-bed ward has also been opened at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGGH), Chennai, to prepare for monkeypox cases.

With PTI inputs

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Monkeypox in Kerala: Alleged failings in contact tracing https://royalkazaar.com/monkeypox-in-kerala-alleged-failings-in-contact-tracing/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 18:43:00 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/monkeypox-in-kerala-alleged-failings-in-contact-tracing/ A day after the country’s first case of monkeypox was confirmed in a native of Kollam, the district medical office has come under fire for major shortcomings in diagnosis and contact tracing. According to collector Afsana Parveen, the patient traveled to a private hospital in an autorickshaw and then hired a taxi to go to […]]]>

A day after the country’s first case of monkeypox was confirmed in a native of Kollam, the district medical office has come under fire for major shortcomings in diagnosis and contact tracing.

According to collector Afsana Parveen, the patient traveled to a private hospital in an autorickshaw and then hired a taxi to go to Government Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram. Speaking to the media on Friday, Ms Parveen added that the DMO could not trace the details of car and taxi drivers even after two days.

Incomplete contact list

The Kollam DMO had earlier issued a statement that the patient, accompanied by his mother, traveled to the private hospital in a paid taxi from the airport. He also said he was referred to the infectious diseases department at the Government Medical College Hospital in Kollam.

Later it was revealed that the patient never visited MCH, Kollam and the protocol was not followed. According to reports, the patient came into contact with many other people, including family members, and the roadmap and contact list prepared by the service were incomplete.

Also read: The Hindu’s editorial on monkeypox cases in India

Charges on protocol

Meanwhile, a blame game broke out with the DMO accusing the private hospital of not reporting the case in time. But according to the private hospital, all guidelines were followed and the patient was referred to Children’s Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram as per DMO instructions. “The patient came with his parents around 5 p.m. on Tuesday and symptoms included fever and rash. He was referred to the dermatologist in the general medicine department. As the patient was an international traveler with symptoms, he was reported as a suspected case of After DMO issued guidelines, the patient was sent to Thiruvananthapuram at around 7 p.m.,” hospital officials said.

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Maximum alert in 5 districts; follow up contacts on https://royalkazaar.com/maximum-alert-in-5-districts-follow-up-contacts-on/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 10:36:04 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/maximum-alert-in-5-districts-follow-up-contacts-on/ Immigration officers and those who handled the patient’s luggage at the airport are also on the watch list. The minister said health workers are in contact with most people believed to have been in contact with the infected person. The Kerala government on Friday stepped up vigilance to prevent the spread of monkeypox, issuing special […]]]>

Immigration officers and those who handled the patient’s luggage at the airport are also on the watch list.

The minister said health workers are in contact with most people believed to have been in contact with the infected person.

The Kerala government on Friday stepped up vigilance to prevent the spread of monkeypox, issuing special alerts in five districts, a day after the southern state reported the first case of infection with the rare virus in the country.

After chairing a high-level meeting here, state health minister Veena George said a special alert had been issued in five districts as people from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Kottayam were co-passengers of the infected person on the Sharjah-Thiruvananthapuram Indigo flight which landed here on July 12.

There were 164 passengers and six crew members on board, the minister said, adding that isolation facilities will be set up in all these quarters. The minister said 11 people occupying the seats next to him were on the high-risk contact list.

The patient’s parents, a car driver, a taxi driver, a dermatologist from a private hospital where the infected person first sought treatment and his 11 co-passengers who were seated next to his seats in the flight are now in the main contact list.

Read also : What is monkey pox? Know the symptoms, causes, prevention

“Passengers who traveled on this flight should self-monitor and report to health authorities if they develop symptoms of viral infection within 21 days. As the phone numbers of many are not available, they are traced with the assistance of the police,” George said in a statement.

Minister said health workers are in contact with people suspected of having been in contact with the infected person and if they have a fever or any other symptoms they will be tested, including for COVID-19 . Tests for monkey pox will also be done if they show symptoms of the disease.

Immigration officers and those who handled the patient’s luggage at the airport are also on the watch list.

Expressing his satisfaction with the patient’s condition, the Minister said that all districts in the state had been alerted and that specialized training would be given to health workers to deal with cases of monkeypox. She also warned against spreading false propaganda.

India reported its first case of monkeypox on Thursday, with a Keralite who returned from the United Arab Emirates testing positive for the virus, prompting the Center to rush a high-level multidisciplinary team to collaborate with health authorities in the country. state to institute public health measures.

The case was confirmed by testing samples from the symptomatic person at the National Institute of Virology in Pune.

The first case of the virus in the country was reported on a day when the Center called on states to ensure screening and testing of all suspected cases at ports of entry and in the community as part of preparedness for the India against disease.

(Inputs from the agency)

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country experiences and way forward https://royalkazaar.com/country-experiences-and-way-forward/ Tue, 12 Jul 2022 10:16:51 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/country-experiences-and-way-forward/ This meeting on COVID-19 contact tracing was jointly organized by WHO/Europe and ECDC. It brought together COVID-19 contact tracing experts from 39 countries and territories in the WHO European Region, including 24 from the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA countries). Contact tracing has been the cornerstone of countries’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and […]]]>

This meeting on COVID-19 contact tracing was jointly organized by WHO/Europe and ECDC. It brought together COVID-19 contact tracing experts from 39 countries and territories in the WHO European Region, including 24 from the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA countries).

Contact tracing has been the cornerstone of countries’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it remains a key strategy to interrupt chains of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and reduce COVID-associated morbidity and mortality. -19. Although the pandemic is not over, many countries are transitioning to a more sustainable and integrated approach to the COVID-19 response. Contact tracing systems are adapting and still need to adapt to reflect this long-term change.

This meeting on COVID-19 contact tracing, jointly organized by WHO/Europe and ECDC, was held online on 1 March 2022. The meeting brought together COVID-19 contact tracing experts from 39 countries and territories in the WHO European Region, including 24 European countries. Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) countries. The full list of participating countries can be found in Annex 1.

The meeting focused on two key topics: (i) experiences, challenges and solutions related to COVID-19 contact tracing, and (ii) how contact tracing can be better integrated into systems strengthening. healthcare and planning for pandemic preparedness in the future. Two breakout sessions were held to allow all countries to actively engage in discussions related to the above topics.

Thoughts on contact tracing

In the first part of the meeting, discussions on challenges related to COVID-19 contact tracing highlighted the substantial diversity of contact tracing strategies across European countries, including a variety of approaches to promote the public cooperation and ensure compliance with isolation and quarantine. Despite the diversity of contact tracing strategies, similar challenges were observed across countries, including difficulties with recruiting and training the workforce; sustainable funding; speed of access to cases/contacts, adjustment of contact tracing operations according to the epidemiological situation; issues around digitization and risk communication and community engagement. The need to collect high quality data to inform policy decisions on COVID-19 was also highlighted. At the time of the meeting, most countries had reduced the duration of isolation and quarantine and modified their contact tracing protocols in response to emerging evidence on the epidemiological characteristics of the Omicron variant, underscoring the need for a flexible and adaptive solution. contact tracing systems.

Future use of contact tracing

The second part of the meeting focused on the future use of contact tracing, both in relation to COVID-19 and as an integral part of health systems strengthening and future preparedness planning. a pandemic. Participants emphasized that it will be difficult to sustain human and financial resources for manual contact tracing, so alternative solutions were actively explored. Rather than relying on extensive contact tracing on

Over the coming months, alternative solutions have been considered, such as the need to promote and improve education campaigns, self-testing and digital systems while focusing manual contact tracing efforts on vulnerable groups. or high-risk environments such as long-term care homes. At the same time, it was recognized that established contact tracing systems should remain ready for rapid reactivation and scale-up when needed, and that good risk communication and community engagement should be a priority.

Conclusion

COVID-19 contact tracing strategies and practices have evolved during the pandemic, adapting to the ever-changing epidemiological situation, the emergence of new variants and the deployment of vaccines as well as naturally acquired immunity.

At the time of the meeting, a general trend of reduced contact tracing activities was underway based on an improving situation in the COVID-19 pandemic. During the meeting, there was broad consensus that established systems and skills related to contact tracing should be maintained and be ready for rapid reactivation, should the epidemiological situation require it. In addition, most participants anticipated that countries will need to continue to focus on contact tracing among vulnerable groups and in high-risk settings in the coming period and rely more on information and educating the general public rather than strengthening restrictive COVID-19 response measures.

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US CDC plans to improve international air contact tracing data collection https://royalkazaar.com/us-cdc-plans-to-improve-international-air-contact-tracing-data-collection/ Mon, 11 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://royalkazaar.com/us-cdc-plans-to-improve-international-air-contact-tracing-data-collection/ A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will take steps to improve the collection of contact information […]]]>

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WASHINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will take steps to improve the collection of contact information from international air passengers to better monitor public health risks after a report revealed that the current data system “needs substantial improvement”. “

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Monday that “limitations in how the CDC collects and manages air passenger contact information – including the CDC’s use of an outdated data management system – hamper the agency’s ability to monitor public health risks and facilitate contact tracing.”

Beginning in November 2021, the CDC required all airlines to collect contact tracing information from all international air passengers.

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The report states that the CDC’s current data management system developed in the mid-2000s “was not designed for rapid assessment or aggregation of public health data” and that the CDC “is unable to quickly and accurately identify the number of passengers exposed to a specific infected passenger on a flight.”

A CDC spokeswoman said agency director Rochelle Walensky “continues to work with the administration and Congress to improve CDC’s data capabilities. Reporting data to the CDC is critical to the ability of the agency to provide real, real-time data to policy makers who need to make recommendations and advice to protect the American public.”

The CDC, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), told the GAO that it estimated that between 2015 and 2019 — before the pandemic — about 80 to 130 separate thefts per year warranted at least one investigation. of contact “against more than around 25,000 separate flights in 2020” and 17,000 passengers.

The GAO recommended that the CDC redesign or adopt a new data system “to more effectively facilitate contact tracing for all air passengers and perform disease surveillance for air travel.”

HHS said the agency is in the initial stages of a “complete overhaul” of the reporting system. The CDC is also working on a project to improve data interoperability with public health departments to share travel information.

In February 2021, major US airlines adopted voluntary international contact tracing months after the White House under then-President Donald Trump blocked mandatory collection.

In September 2020, the Trump administration ended enhanced screening of certain international passengers for COVID-19 and dropped requirements that travelers from targeted countries arrive at 15 designated U.S. airports.

Reuters reported an internal government document found of 675,000 passengers screened at the 15 airports as part of the CDC effort, less than 15 had been identified as having COVID-19.

Airlines for America, a trade group, said in September 2020 that it “no longer thinks it makes sense to continue screening at these 15 airports given the extremely low number of passengers identified by the CDC as potentially having a problem. health”.

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