CDC expects the number of measles cases reported this year to surpass the number reported in 2017, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
- Arizona: Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa reported Friday that 16 of the hospital's intensive care nurses are pregnant, and most of them are due between October and January. Hospital officials have already arranged for floating nurses to step in when the pregnant nurses take their 12-week maternity leaves (Miles, Fox News, 8/19).
- Georgia: CDC on Wednesday confirmed at least 107 cases of measles across 21 states and the District of Columbia in its mid-year measles report, which covers cases documented between Jan. 1 and July 14 of this year. Most of the measles patients were unvaccinated. CDC expects this year's total will surpass 2017's total of 118 cases (Scutti, CNN, 8/15; Detroit Free Press/USA Today, 8/16).
- Wisconsin: A coalition is petitioning University of Wisconsin-Madison to require the meningitis B vaccine. CDC recommends that teenagers ages 16 to 18 consider the new vaccine for strain B after being vaccinated against four other strains of bacterial meningitis at earlier ages. The university's medical director said that the school does not intend to require the vaccine unless CDC updates its guidelines (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/18).
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