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EDM Friday Briefing: CDC Adds Two Superbugs to List of Drug-Resistant Infections

EDM Friday Briefing: CDC Adds Two Superbugs to List of Drug-Resistant Infections


Emergency and disaster management briefing for November 15, 2019: A student opened fire at a high school in California, killing two and injuring six others; schools are closed for the third day as Venice again grapples with flooding  during high tide; Dollar Tree received a warning letter from the FDA for selling potentially adulterated drugs; a new CDC report increases the number of drug-resistant superbugs to five; China has two confirmed cases of the deadly pneumonic plague; Illinois has declared an emergency over its propane shortage; Hastings, Nebraska held a city-wide simulated active shooter drill with multiple participating agencies and volunteers; and the WHO says violent fighting between militia groups is impeding the eradication of the current outbreak of Ebola.

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1) Two students are dead and six others were injured, some critically, after another student opened fire around 7:40 a.m. at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. The suspect was a 16-year-old male student who then shot himself in the head and was listed in grave condition at a local hospital. A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy died from their injuries, and a female and two male students were listed in critical condition at Henry Mayo Hospital.

2) Schools are closed for a third day, along with the tourist magnet St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, as high tide once again flooded the city. Sirens signaled the rising water with the high tide early Friday morning, and the vaporetti, the famous waterbuses, stopped operating as most of the historic city center was again flooded. The city declared an emergency on Wednesday after its second-highest tidal flooding event damaged homes and businesses in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to Dollar Tree for receiving over-the-counter drugs from foreign manufacturers with multiple violations for alleged adulterated drugs. According to the letter, the suspect drugs included Dollar Tree's Assured Brand, along with other drug products the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores sell. The foreign manufacturers were already placed on an "import alert" last year after the FDA found multiple violations of manufacturing practices.

4) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that antibiotic resistant superbugs are killing one American every 15 minutes. The new report from the CDC now lists five drug-resistant superbugs -- two more than were previously listed in the 2013 report by the CDC -- with a total of 18 pathogens that require immediate attention. According to the report, genetic research findings also show that the germs are adept at teaching each other how to grow resistant to antibiotics.

5) According to reports, two people in China have been infected with the most deadly form of the plague. The pneumonic plague -- sometimes developed by untreated bubonic plague -- is the more deadly form of the disease. It is transmitted from person to person through the inhalation of respiratory droplets. Little information is available regarding the two confirmed cases, but the individuals were reportedly from China's Inner Mongolian region and were first diagnosed in early November.

6) Delivery issues due to weather have prompted an emergency declaration for at least eight states for low propane supplies. In Illinois, the impact was most felt by farmers -- who use the propane to dry wet grain -- and those individuals and families whose homes are heated by propane. Illinois joins Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin in the emergency declaration.

7) A city-wide disaster drill was conducted in Hastings, Nebraska, on Thursday. This year, the simulated disaster drill was an active shooter situation, with at least two dozen actors playing victims, and was meant to help first responders determine which victims needed to be treated and transported immediately. The drill was designed with the purpose of ensuring that the multiple and various participating agencies knew their roles and responsibilities should a mass casualty situation occur.

8) The World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that the number of Ebola cases has decreased and stabilized. However, according to reports, armed groups are threatening danger and instability in the eradication of the current outbreak -- most recently due to the fighting between two militia groups earlier this week. According to WHO, a total of 300 attacks on healthcare workers and facilities have occurred from January to October, causing five deaths and 70 injuries and impeding the progress in stopping the outbreak.


Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.