Maine Medicine Weekly Update - Maine Medicine Weekly E-Update, July 20, 2022  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
MAINE MEDICINE WEEKLY UPDATE
•  July 20, 2022
LEAD STORIES
•  Monkeypox Now a Reportable Condition in Maine
•  Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended
•  Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Authorized by FDA & CDC
•  Maine Joins National Launch Of 988 Suicide And Crisis Lifeline
MORE CDC NEWS
•  Recent Reports of Human Parechovirus (PeV) in the United States
PHYSICIANS IN THE NEWS
•  Maine Physicians Direct Primacy Care Model to Improve Medical Care
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY
•  MMA Government Affairs Developing 2023-2024 State Legislative Agenda
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER
•  CDC Launches New Addiction Medicine Toolkit
•  Revised Narcotic Treatment Program Manual
•  Governor Mills Hosts 4th Annual Opioid Response Summit
COVID CORNER
•  Concerns About BA.5 Variants Contagiousness, Hospitalizations
MMA'S ANNUAL MEETING
•  Sign Up Now for the MMA 169th Annual Session in Bar Harbor!
CANCER CARE
•  ASGE Colon Cancer Appropriate Screening Test Campaign
AWARD NOMINATIONS
•  Nominations Due by July 29 for 2022 Mary Cushman, MD Award
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Island Physician - MD/DO
•  Family Medicine Physician - Penobscot Community Health Care’s Brewer Medical Center
•  Physician
•  Thoracic Surgeon Opportunity at Progressive Medical Center in Maine
•  Lead Hematology/Oncology Opportunity in Northern Maine
•  Experienced Emergency Medicine PA Opportunity in Bangor, Maine!

 

Monkeypox Now a Reportable Condition in Maine

The Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) has announced a temporary change to the Notifiable Diseases and Conditions.

The most recent count of confirmed monkeypox cases in the U.S. was more than 2,000. However, cases are believed to be undercounted due to limited testing capabilities. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports 14,000 monkeypox cases worldwide, 5 deaths.

  • Any confirmed case of monkeypox is immediately reportable to Maine CDC within 24 hours; and
  • All monkeypox or non-variola orthopoxvirus test results (positive or negative) are reportable to Maine CDC within 24 hours.
 

The Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) has announced a temporary change to the Notifiable Diseases and Conditions.

The most recent count of confirmed monkeypox cases in the U.S. was more than 2,000. However, cases are believed to be undercounted due to limited testing capabilities. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports 14,000 monkeypox cases worldwide, 5 deaths.

  • Any confirmed case of monkeypox is immediately reportable to Maine CDC within 24 hours; and
  • All monkeypox or non-variola orthopoxvirus test results (positive or negative) are reportable to Maine CDC within 24 hours.

Reporting of notifiable diseases and conditions is required under 22 M.R.S., Chapter 250, §802 and §822. Failure to report could result in preventable morbidity or mortality. Maine CDC is authorized to advise through publicly noticed Health Alerts the public health need for the temporary reporting of any disease or condition in the state of Maine to study and control any apparent outbreak or unusual occurrence of communicable diseases.

All results should be reported electronically as required by statute. These changes will remain in effect for a period of one year and may be reassessed at any time.

As previously noted, swab samples for monkeypox testing can be sent to Maine CDC’s Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL) or to a commercial laboratory. Currently there are several commercial labs that offer monkeypox testing; other labs are expected to become available in coming weeks and months.

For more information:

Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN): Monkeypox Now a Reportable Condition in Maine - July 15, 2022

Maine CDC monkeypox website: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/monkeypox

Maine CDC notifiable conditions rule: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectiousdisease/epi/disease-reporting/documents/notifiable-conditions-rule-2-17-2021.pdf

Analysis: Years Of Neglect Leaves Sexual Health Clinics Ill-Prepared For Monkeypox (Reuters)

HHS Orders Additional Vaccine, Increases Testing Capacity To Respond To Monkeypox Outbreak (HHS press release)

For Monkeypox Testing, Use Lesion Swab Samples to Avoid False Results (FDA MedWatch)