Figure 1 aspires to build a global teaching hospital that delivers life-saving medical knowledge anywhere and at anytime. We know this is a huge goal — but with every new doctor who downloads our app or logs onto our website, we come closer to achieving it. We have healthcare professionals using the platform from more than 190 countries, sharing medical cases and discussing what they’re seeing in big-city hospitals, remote villages, and everywhere in between. And now, one of the world’s leading resources for public health and disease control is helping us build that global teaching hospital. By officially joining Figure 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is bringing critical health advisories to an engaged global community. Through their Travelers’ Health account at @CDCtravel, the U.S. health protection agency is offering up-to-date alerts and recommendations to help doctors reduce illness and injury in international travelers. They are also available to discuss the information they provide, opening a direct line between healthcare professionals and the public health agency.
To date, the CDC has used Figure 1 to share information on:
- Candida auris. This emerging, multidrug-resistant yeast is being closely watched by the CDC, and they are updating their case on Figure 1 accordingly. C. auris can cause serious invasive infections in hospitalized patients and more than 300 cases have been identified in the United States.
- Malaria. A malaria outbreak in the town of Wenceslau Guimarães in Bahia State, Brazil in mid-January led the CDC to recommend anti-malarials to all travellers to this region.
- Yellow fever. The CDC shared this report of a series of new yellow fever cases in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo. With the limited availability of the yellow fever vaccine in the U.S., they advised physicians to refer travelers to a vaccine provider well in advance of travel.
Follow @CDCTravel on Figure 1 to see more of their cases.