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Many staffers at CHHS go above and beyond their daily project work to craft blogs on current topics in the news or best practices learned among emergency management colleagues through hands on experience.

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    UMB Ebola Symposium: Fighting Ebola During the Post-Panic Phase

    November 21, 2014 by Ben Yelin

    A month ago, the Ebola outbreak was dominating the nightly news in the United States. One infected patient in Dallas had died, and an unknown number of medical professionals had been exposed. A man returning from Western Africa came to New York, rode the subway and went bowling. A nurse ...

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    Sluggish Response by US Regulatory Agencies Could Mean Missed Opportunity for Life Saving Drone Technology

    November 17, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey Imagine if when faced with a life-threatening situation, ambulatory care is readily accessible and only a few minutes away, by air.  That is exactly the thought that occurred to Alec Momont, a 23 year-old student from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, after his parents ...

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    Once Policies are Established, Costs for Quarantines Should be Considered

    November 7, 2014 by Christine Gentry

    By CHHS Law and Policy Analyst Christine Gentry While public opinion favors mandatory quarantines of asymptomatic individuals with possible exposure to Ebola and several states are establishing quarantine policies, little discussion has been given to the cost of quarantine.  Naturally, overall cost will depend on the level of quarantine in place, ...

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    Ottawa Attacks, Islamic State Recruitment Tactics Spark Collective Action

    November 3, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey Recent news reports and the media have been inundated with accounts of extremist attacks and shootings geared at government buildings or officials. Canadian citizens were shocked when a lone gunman, recently identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, fatally shot a soldier who was guarding the National War ...

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    Maryland Ebola Quarantine Policy is a ‘Measured Approach’ Driven by Science Instead of Fear

    October 30, 2014 by Maggie Davis

    Last week, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented its Active Post-Arrival monitoring program to prevent a domestic Ebola outbreak. Under this program, the six states—which includes Maryland, New York, and New Jersey—that see approximately 70% of travelers from West African countries affected by the Ebola ...

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    A Merchant of Death for the Digital Age

    October 28, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Andrew Geltman With the creation of new technologies people inevitably find new ways to make money off of them. One such person, Jon Schultz, is in the business of purchasing and reselling domain names. Schultz’ niche however, is purchasing domain names reflecting public health topics that have ...

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    Balancing Public Health and Individual Rights: Ebola Quarantine and Isolation Debate

    October 27, 2014 by Trudy Henson

    Over the weekend, the debate dominated headlines: should states enact a policy for quarantining and isolating individuals potentially exposed to Ebola? New York, New Jersey, and Illinois had already answered “yes”; others, including President Obama, and the Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, argued “no,” citing ...

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    Ebola Outbreak Places Spotlight on Healthcare Worker Concerns, Protocols

    October 21, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey While the Ebola outbreak is a global concern and has sparked collective fear and apprehension, it is undisputed that healthcare workers have suffered great losses and still face the greatest amount of risk.  In the United States (US), two nurses who helped treat Ebola patient ...

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    Your Questions Answered – ‘Does Lysol Kill Ebola Germs?’

    October 21, 2014 by Thomas Cotter

    Through our social media outlets, CHHS called upon followers to present questions on Ebola that could be answered here on our blog.  Our first – ‘Does Lysol Kill Ebola Germs?’ – is answered by Senior Policy Analyst Thomas Cotter, MPH.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOdFYZlGTGk More information on Lysol, Ebola, transmission of the virus, and CDC ...

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    Cyber Insurance: Minimizing Financial Liability for Cyber Risks

    October 17, 2014

    By CHHS Extern Beryl Harris Considered one of the fastest growing areas of liability insurance, cyber risk insurance has come to the forefront primarily because of the growing number of data security breaches. Managing risks inherent in electronic transactions through insurance is a fairly new concept. Even so, companies both big and ...

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    Arsenal of Legal Tools Available to Combat Ebola in the U.S.

    October 17, 2014 by Amy Major

    This week, 132 passengers who had traveled on a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth received word that a passenger on the plane, Amber Vinson, had tested positive for Ebola. Vinson, a nurse who had helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan while he was being treated at Texas ...

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    Quarantine and Isolation, an (Almost) Timeless Tool in Combating Communicable Disease

    October 15, 2014

    Co-authored by CHHS Public Health Program Manager Trudy Henson, JD, and CHHS Research Assistant Andrew Geltman Laws on quarantine and isolation are nothing new in the United States. However, at the time of the country’s founding, quarantine and isolation authority was viewed primarily as the responsibility of local and state governments. ...

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    Preparing Health Care Workers for Ebola – From Janitors to Nurses

    October 15, 2014 by Trudy Henson

    The announcement that a second healthcare worker in Texas has been diagnosed with Ebola comes on the heels of a concerning statistic: three out of four nurses in the U.S. are saying they haven’t received proper education from their hospital on an Ebola response. Thirty percent say they don’t believe their hospitals have sufficient supplies, such ...

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    Government Investments Pay Dividends In Fight Against Ebola

    October 14, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Andrew Geltman The Ebola epidemic has claimed the lives of thousands of people and is so widespread that some have speculated it could lead to the collapse of the Liberian state. The crisis has demonstrated the importance of having effective countermeasures to virulent diseases. Without countermeasures, Ebola’s death rate can be as high ...

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    A Difference of Degrees

    October 13, 2014 by Trudy Henson

    As news spread that a Texas healthcare worker had contracted Ebola when treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the CDC announced that the United States (US) needs to re-think its infection controls. The healthcare worker likely contracted the virus during a breach in protocols, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ...

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    Rising Sea-Level an Unsung Threat to Coastal Area Critical Infrastructure

    October 9, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant R. Justin Morris In the past few years, the need for critical infrastructure protection from terrorist threats has been a talking point among politicians and security experts regularly. The discussion gained momentum last year after individuals attacked an electric power station in the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

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    Increase Awareness this Month, For Personal and Community Cybersecurity

    October 6, 2014 by Markus Rauschecker

    October marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month. For the past 11 years, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has used this month to engage and educate the public about cyber threats and how to protect against them. Everyone has become more cognizant of the many cyber risks we face over the past ...

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    Ebola is Here: Now What?

    October 2, 2014 by Trudy Henson

    With the first case of Ebola confirmed in Dallas, Texas, the deadly virus has officially come to the United States. Although thought of as inevitable by some, the case raises a number of questions: Are traveling screening protocols sufficient? Did the hospital initially drop the ball by releasing the patient ...

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    California’s Earthquake Raises Awareness, Highlights Room for Improvement

    September 23, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey California’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake, which rocked the Napa Valley region last August, has created economic losses of up to $1 billion. It was the strongest earthquake that the region has experienced in over 25 years. Destruction included ruptured gas and water mains, demolished homes and ...

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    A Clearer Picture of the Islamic State’s Threat

    September 17, 2014

    By CHHS Research Assistant Timothy Rice In an unusually rapid escalation of perceived strength, the Islamic State (IS) has graduated from a mere “jayvee team” of terrorists, as President Obama described IS in January of this year, to join Al Qaeda in the big leagues. Months after his comment, the U.S. government began ...