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Volume 12, Issue 14 | Dec. 2014  

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CDC FluView  
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According to the CDC, the flu activity has been low so far this year.  The CDC FluView map showed that the pneumonia and influenza levels were below the epidemic threshold.  HHS Surveillance Region 1, which includes CT and all of New England had one of the lowest reported levels of flu and/or ILI.  To check on your area or to monitor on a weekly basis, click here.


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2014 West Africa Ebola OutbreakA141
Outbreak Slowing Slightly
Specter of Food Shortages Loom 


The 2014 Ebola outbreak was clearly the story of the year for public health and acute care hospitals.  Currently, another Ebola patient, Dr. Martin Salia, who worked with patients in Sierra Leone, died at the Nebraska Medical Center of complications of the disease.  According to the New York Times , Dr. Salia arrived at the Medical Center "in extremely critical condition" and despite supportive care, succumbed to the disease on November 17, 2014.
In an article in the New York Times on November 18, 2014, it reported that "[t]here were fewer new cases of Ebola in the week ended Nov. 4 than in any week in the preceding three months. The outbreak's epicenter, Gueckedou, Guinea, reported just four new cases for the week, continuing a downward trend in recent weeks. After a few weeks of data indicating a slowdown in the number of new cases in Liberia, the worst-affected country, the World Health Organization said that "it appears that the trend is real."  According to the World Health Organization, new Ebola cases are declining and health experts believe that the disease will slow down in January 2015.

Possible Food Shortages

The World Food Program analyzed data and concluded that "if the disease continues to spread at the average rate observed since mid-September, as many as 750,000 people could lose access to affordable food by March 2015. With travel curtailed or blocked in many areas because of the outbreak, the food transport system has been severely disrupted."
The potential for food shortages coupled with the disease outbreak could be disastrous for parts of West Africa.

An example of a stay-bag: 

  • Assembling an emergency kit, for essentials like heat and light, before snowstorms arrive and the power fails.
  • Be sure to include a battery-powered radio and fresh water.


You can survive a few snowbound days without power with a handful of key items and a fresh look at some familiar household objects,- even if you don't have  a generator.


Keep the car's gas tank at least half full as the storm approaches, and have extra cash on hand. Without power, retailers cannot check credit cards and ATM machines will not be working.