The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Texas hospital have confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. But infectious disease officials say there’s no need for Americans to panic: U.S. hospitals are well equipped to handle such infections and have done so in the past.
Amesh Adalja, M.D., a UPMC infectious disease and critical care physician and a senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore, said Ebola can’t spread when patients are cared for using appropriate personal protective equipment. (more…)
As a grade school student growing up in the 1980s, Bethany Blackburn could hardly go a day without hearing something about HIV or AIDS in the news. The schools regularly spread the prevention and education message.
“Now there’s a lost focus on HIV/AIDS – you just don’t hear about it anymore,” said Ms. Blackburn, program manager for infectious diseases at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. “And that’s leading to an uptick in newly infected young people in our area; from 2012 to 2013, the number of people ages 18 to 24 seen in our clinic with HIV increased 24 percent.” (more…)