Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Researchers add monkeypox to wastewater surveillance

An ongoing program that monitors wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 and which has effectively predicted subsequent surges in COVID-19 cases in San Diego has been expanded to detect the presence of monkeypox.

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Improving emergency care for people living with dementia

A new collection of research papers from Northwestern University and collaborating institutions sets out priority areas to provide better emergency care for people living with dementia in the United States.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

U.S. declares monkeypox a public health emergency

The Biden administration on Thursday declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency, a move intended to dramatically ramp up the fight against the spread of the virus.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

US President Joe Biden's government on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a move that should free up new funds, assist in data gathering and allow the deployment of additional personnel in the fight against ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

US to declare health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

The U.S. will declare a public health emergency to bolster the federal response to the monkeypoxoutbreak that has infected more than 6,600 Americans, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

San Francisco, N.Y. state declare monkeypox public health emergencies

Both San Francisco and New York state declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday, as they struggle to gain access to more resources to help contain the spread of the virus. About 40 percent of the 4,907 monkeypox ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

California not ready to declare emergency over monkeypox

California officials are pressing for more vaccine and acting with "utmost urgency" to slow the spread of the monkeypox virus, but they have not decided whether to declare a statewide emergency as the city of San Francisco ...

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

In the United States government, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (or ASPR), formerly the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (or OPHEP), is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, was established in June 2002 at the request of Tommy Thompson. In July 2006, a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response was introduced. On December 19, 2006 it became public law and OPHEP was officially changed to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

The first head of OPHEP was Donald Henderson, credited with having previously eradicated Smallpox. Soon Jerry Hauer, a veteran public health expert, took over as director, with Henderson taking a different role in the department. Hauer was removed from the job primarily for conflicts he had with Scooter Libby over whether the risks of smallpox vaccination were worth the benefit. Hauer charged that the Office of the Vice President was pushing for the universal vaccination despite the vaccine's health risks, primarily exaggerate the risk of biological terrorism.

The current head of ASPR is RADM W. Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., he was sworn into office on March 27, 2007 as the first Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. He is the Secretary's principal advisor on matters related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. He is responsible for coordinating interagency activities between HHS, other Federal departments, agencies, offices and State and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.

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