Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Pact would require notification of the public.
After a fatal “superbug” swept through the National Institutes of Health earlier this year unbeknownst to the public, state and county officials are on the verge of an agreement that will require NIH to report outbreaks of similar hospital-acquired infections, according to Montgomery County's health officer. Last fall, a drug-resistant strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae spread throughout NIH’s research hospital, infecting 18 people. Twelve of those cases were fatal; seven attributed to Klebsiella. Federal and state guidelines did not require NIH to report the outbreak, and NIH officials said they chose not to alert the public earlier because healthy people outside the hospital were at little to no risk, The Washington Post reported. …
The National Institutes of Health owes the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission nearly $1 million, The Gazette reports.
Bethesda's National Institutes of Health owes the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission nearly $1 million and is delinquent by nearly $491,000 on the bill, The Gazette reports. The outstanding debt made up much of the $670,000 that was owed WSSC by federal agencies in November, according to the report. An NIH spokesman told The Gazette that a June and August bill were processed late. The first was paid, the spokesman said, and the second should be remitted to WSSC shortly, which should bring the account balance to zero. Read the full story at The Gazette.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Germantown woman bought 119 iPads with government-issued credit card.
A Germantown woman who used a government-issued credit card to buy 119 iPads and other personal items was sentenced to six months in prison and was ordered to pay $106,096.09, the amount it cost the government, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday. According to federal prosecutors, Tamia M. McCoy, 33, used her government-issued credit card to buy electronics, designer perfume, a clutch bag and a queen-size mattress set—some of which she resold online—during her time as a purchasing agent and procurement analyst at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. McCoy also used the card to pay for house cleaning and cell phone service. To avoid detection, McCoy falsified documents …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Is there a generation gap in Montgomery County?
We have a test for you. Do you call it Montgomery County? Or do you call it MoCo? The answer may tell us something about the different generations in our county. In Montgomery County, seniors are the fastest-growing age group, according to the county’s Division of Aging and Disability Services. The number of seniors in Montgomery County, the state’s largest, increased 130 percent from 1980 to 2010, the agency said. That number is expected to increase an additional 65 percent from 2000 to 2020. The way the blog just up the pike put it, Baby Boomers arrived and "found life so good here that they never left." According to county planning officials, the county has 15 percent fewer adults between 15 and 24 than in 2000 and 17 percent fewer 25…
Monday, September 17, 2012
An antibiotic-resistant superbug, which spread through the hospital last year, has killed a boy whose case was the first reported there since January.
A “superbug” infection killed a boy Sept. 7 at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, the seventh victim of the bacterial strain, The Washington Post reports. The victim, a seriously ill boy from Minnesota, died of a bloodstream infection, according to the report. The boy’s case marks the first new infection at the clinical center since January, The Post reported. An antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae was first detected in a patient at the clinical center in August 2011 and spread to 17 additional patients, 11 of whom died. Staff there attributed six of the deaths directly to the superbug, The Post reported. Klebsiella infections can pose a threat to seriously ill, hospitalized patients with weakened immune …