September 27, 2021

Around the nation: Mysterious salmonella outbreak sickens people in 25 states

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    CDC earlier this month announced a mysterious salmonella outbreak that has infected at least 127 people in 25 states, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, New York, and Tennessee.

    • Georgia: According to a CDC announcement earlier this month, a mysterious Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak has infected at least 127 people across 25 states. CDC reports that out of the 49 people whose medical information was made available, 18 have been hospitalized due to the bacterial infection. Currently, health officials are trying to determine if a food item was possibly the source of the new outbreak. (Oshin, The Hill, 9/22)
    • New York: Howard Zucker, New York's state health commissioner, on Thursday resigned following pressure for the part he played in reportedly undercounting Covid-19 death tolls in the state's nursing homes by as much as 50%. According to Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), Zucker will remain with the public health department to assist with the transition until a replacement is named. (Frazier, Axios, 9/23)
    • Tennessee: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Wednesday announced that Shannon Dean has been appointed chief medical information officer. In this role, Dean will oversee the release of the hospital's electronic health record, which is scheduled to go live in October 2022. "I'm excited to join St. Jude at such an important time, as the institution continues to move forward in health information technology," Dean said. "This role allows me to combine all of the things I’ve been passionate about in my career." (Jensik, Becker's Hospital Review, 9/23)

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