Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 03/18/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Great Attendance at Physicians' Day at the Legislature
•  MMA Board of Directors Meets with US DHHS Region I Administrator John McGough
•  Case of Mumps Confirmed at York High School
•  Boards Seek Comments on Proposed Rule for Office-based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
•  Egg Consumption Associated With Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, March 19th
•  State House Highlights of the Week: Immunization Bills Draw Hundreds, Prior Authorization is Among Issues Before HCIFS Committee
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Maine Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting March 23, 2019
•  Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on April 6 and June 8
•  NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
•  Medical Director - Maine Mobile Health Program
•  Board Certified Family Physician - Newport, RI
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  BC/BE Family Medicine Physician
•  Part-time Physician for Academic Year Contract Position
•  Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Case of Mumps Confirmed at York High School

The Maine CDC has confirmed that a York High School student, unvaccinated against mumps, contracted the disease while traveling outside the US and subsequently became ill.

 

The Maine CDC has confirmed that a York High School student, unvaccinated against mumps, contracted the disease while traveling outside the US and subsequently became ill. The person was not isolated during the early stages of the illness and may have exposed others between March 6th and 8th, including at a basketball game at Massabesic High School gym on March 7th.

Mumps is spread through saliva or mucus and objects of surfaces touched by an infected person. The Maine CDC is working to notify close contacts and has provided recommendations for the school. Dr. Siiri Bennett, state epidemiologist, said that mumps can be prevented through vaccination. While the vaccine protection is not perfect, one is nine times less likely to get the disease if vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccine yield the highest protection level.