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“Foaming at the Mouth…”

Posted: July 24th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Last year, around this time, news reports highlighted an 8 year old Californian girl with an incredible and truly fortunate story.  She had contracted rabies following a scratch from a stray cat and survived (albeit with intensive medical care), despite not receiving the rabies vaccine.  She was very lucky because rabies, although rare, is almost always fatal.  Since summer is here, please be aware of the following facts and prevention tips about rabies. Read more »

Oh, What A Year It’s Been!

Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A Year of Regulatory Success for Poison Centers

As an administrator of the Illinois Poison Center, this has been a frustrating year as the program continues to have severe financial challenges.  In 2011, the IPC suffered a $400,000 loss of funding this year on top of a $600,000 funding decrease in 2009-2010. To make up the loss, the IPC has closed 2 additional positions (on top of the 5 positions terminated/closed in 2009) and the remaining full time staff was reduced to 90% time.  Difficult times indeed.

On the other hand, as a medical toxicologist committed to decreasing the incidence of exposure to hazardous substances, this has been a fabulous year for poison centers across the nation.  In no previous time has the national poison center network had such a wide impact on the regulation of emerging toxic public health threats. Previous IPC blogs have shown the types of emerging public health threats noted by poison centers. Read more »