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NJ CDS UPDATE: The New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety, Chief of Drug Control (CDS) is late in mailing the CDS renewal forms. The renewal forms should be mailed by the end of September (there will be a grace period but it has not yet been determined by the Department). Renewals will be able to be completed on line. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Society office.


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Faculty Position Opportunities – Infectious Diseases

The Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology, at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is seeking 2 full time faculty members. One position is for a mid-career researcher, either an ID physician-scientist or PhD whose research is focused on infectious diseases. The second position is for a junior ID clinician educator with an interest in clinical research.

Physician candidates must be board certified/eligible in Infectious Diseases; have completed an ACGME-approved Infectious Disease fellowship; and have superior clinical and teaching skills as an ID consultant.

For consideration, please submit letter of interest and CV to: Melvin P. Weinstein, MD, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology; Email: melvin.p.weinstein AT rwjms.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers University is an AA/EEO employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

5th Annual Legends of Medicine Benefit Dinner
Supporting the Smith Infectious Diseases Foundation

The Park Savoy Estate
Florham Park, NJ

October 13, 2016
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception

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SAVE THE DATE

A Joint Meeting of:
Infectious Diseases Society of New Jersey
APIC - NNJ & APIC - SNJ Annual Infectious Disease Conference:

"INTERRUPTING CONTAGION THROUGH KNOWLEDGE"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Forsgate Country Club
375 Forsgate Drive
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(732) 521-0070
www.forsgatecc.com

Program Description: Remaining current with the changing body of knowledge concerning Clostridium difficile, fungal infections, safe injection practices, surgical site infections and emerging diseases such as Zika are key to interrupting the spread of diseases and the prevention of infections.

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CMS Makes it Easier to Opt Out of EHR Requirements

The CMS is making it easier for providers to waive out from meaningful use requirements of electronic health records amid a series of proposed changes to the 6-year-old $31.8 billion EHR incentive payment program. In December, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, which expanded providers' eligibility for hardship exemptions to Stage 2 of the meaningful-use program. Basically, the law provides the CMS with the authority to batch process hardship applications by categories instead of the case-by-case method used previously. To comply with the law, the CMS posted a new streamlined hardship application, reducing the amount of information that providers must submit to apply for an exception. Eligible professionals will have until March 15 to apply for an exemption. If you have any questions, please contact Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C. at 1-800-445-0954 or via email at




Influenza Resources

CDC -Influenza
Avian Flu
H1N1
NJ Dept of Health -Influenza

Participate in NJ State Bioterrorism On-Call

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Hydrocodone Combination Products rescheduled as a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Effective October 6, 2014

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Enterovirus‐D68 (EV‐D68) Frequently Asked Questions

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Clinical Guidelines for Initial Evaluation of Suspect Cases of Ebola Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Society office. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


New Jersey Department of Health Reminds Residents To Take
Precautions to Avoid Norovirus

As expected, New Jersey is experiencing an increase in norovirus outbreaks and Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd reminds residents to take precautions to protect their health. Colds and flu are not the only infections that thrive in the winter. Norovirus - sometimes called the stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis, or food poisoning - also likes the colder weather.  
"The best way to avoid the norovirus is to wash your hands often using soap and water," Commissioner O'Dowd said. "Alcohol-based hand cleansers are not effective against this virus." 
Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness, which begins suddenly and usually causes stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some people may also experience low-grade fever, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue. Most people recover quickly, but serious complications can occur - particularly in those with other medical conditions.  Those infected with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin to feel sick until as long as two weeks after recovery. 
There is no vaccine to prevent norovirus infection and there is no drug to treat it. The best way to reduce the risk of getting norovirus is to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.  Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom and changing diapers.
  • Carefully wash fruits and vegetables and cook oysters and other shellfish before eating
  • Do not prepare food while infected or while you have symptoms of norovirus
  • Foodhandlers should wait 3 days after they recover from their illness before returning to work.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.  After throwing up or having diarrhea, immediately clean surfaces by using bleach-based household cleaner as directed on the product label or a diluted bleach solution (5-25 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water). Never use undiluted bleach.
  • Remove and wash clothing and linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool.  Handle soiled items carefully to avoid spreading the virus. If available, wear rubber, disposable gloves while handling soiled clothing or linens and wash your hands after handling. Items should be washed with detergent at the maximum cycle length and machine dried.
  • Report all outbreaks to the local health department. 

Noroviruses are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the US. It is estimated that each year, more than 20 million cases of gastroenteritis are caused by norovirus. That means that 1 in every 15 Americans will become ill from norovirus each year.  In New Jersey, approximately 100 norovirus outbreaks are reported to the health department each fall-winter season. 
Noroviruses can spread quickly from person to person in crowded, closed places like long-term care facilities, daycare centers, schools, hotels, hospitals, family dinners, student housing, restaurants, and cruise ships. In other words, places where people often eat food that is prepared or handled by others.  
Noroviruses are found in the stool and vomit of infected people. People can become infected by:

  • Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus.
  • Touching surfaces or objects that are contaminated with norovirus, and then placing your hand in your mouth.
  • Having direct contact with an infected person; for example, by exposure to the virus when caring for or when sharing food, drinks, or eating utensils with an infected person. 

For additional information about norovirus please visit:  nj.gov/health/cd/norovirus/index.shtml or www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html