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2014 IDAC WINTER SYMPOSIUM - March 15, 2014
To better serve our growing Northern California membership, IDAC will host its 2nd Annual Northern California Winter Symposium, March 15, 2014, at the Holiday Inn & Suites at the Oakland Airport.

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CALIFORNIA ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP
IDAC Founding President Ellie Goldstein, M.D. has co-authored an article in Infectious Disease in Clinical Practice on Antimicrobial Stewardship: The View From California

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ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP SYMPOSIA
IDAC successfully completed its series of three symposia on Essentials of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: A Toolkit for California Hospitals. Over 400 physicians, pharmacists, and nurses attended these seminars, with rave reviews. These CME activities were designed to assist health care facilities in creating and implementing their own Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASP) to improve patient care, to meet the legislative requirements of Senate Bill 739 (Speier, 2006), and to maximize their return on investment by instituting such a program within their institution.

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IDAC MEMBERSHIP REACHES 340
IDAC ended 2012 with a record 340 members from throughtout the state of California.

SUMMER SYMPOSIA - GREAT SUCCESS
IDAC hosted two special symposia in August, 2011 -- Finegold Anaerobe Symposium and Essentials of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Both were totally sold out and well-received by attendees.

IDAC HONORS DR. SYDNEY FINEGOLD ON 90th BIRTHDAY
WITH ANAEROBE SYMPOSIUM & BANQUET

IDAC joins with the Anaerobe Society of the Americas to host Sydney M. Finegold's 90th Birthday Symposium and Dinner on Friday, August. 12, 2011 at the Marina del Rey Hotel, Marina del Rey, CA. This CME activity provides a state-of-the-art of anaerobic bacteriology review by the leading anaerobic researchers and clinicians. The event consists of an afternoon symposium (4.0 hours of CME), a Wine & Cheese Reception, and a Dinner & Birthday Celebration.

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LYME DISEASE REVIEW REPORT
The Infectious Disease Society of the America has issued the Final Report by the Lyme Disease Review Panel. The report can be accessed at www.idsociety.org/Content.aspx?id=16499

IDSA INFLUENZA GUIDELINES
In 1997, the Infectious Disease Society of the America developed guidelines for Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza. Click Here to access recommendations. The latest information on H1N1 and Seasonal Influenza can be accessed at the IDSA Influenza Resource Page.

SWINE FLU IN CALIFORNIA
The CDC reports that human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in California, initially in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Tests have shown that this is the same strain that has killed and sickened hundreds in Mexico.

Clinicians should consider the possibility of swine influenza virus infections in patients presenting with febrile respiratory illness who:

  • Have recently traveled to Mexico or who has been in contact with someone who has recently traveled to Mexico;
  • Live in San Diego County or Imperial County, California;
  • Have traveled to San Diego and/or Imperial County, California; or
  • Have been in contact with ill persons from these areas in the 7 days prior to their illness onset.
If swine flu is suspected, clinicians should obtain a respiratory swab for swine influenza testing and place it in a refrigerator (not a freezer). Once collected, the clinician should contact their state or local health department to facilitate transport and timely diagnosis at a state public health laboratory.

WEST NILE VIRUS
A mosquito captured in Carson, CA has tested positive for West Nile Virus on April 27, 2009. This is the first mosquito found infected with West Nile virus this season in Los Angeles County. Vector Control District officials are gearing up for a busy West Nile season, as last year brought twice the number of cases than the year before and mosquito populations are booming.

In 2008, 445 human cases of West Nile were identified, and 15 people died as a result of complications from the virus in California. Six of those deaths were Los Angeles County residents, and they ranged in age from 66 to 83.

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