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Control of Communicable Diseases: Clinical Practice provides critical COVID-19 information

Date: Aug 24 2020

Contact: Media Relations 

Control of Communicable Diseases: Clinical Practice, newly published by APHA Press, is the perfect tool to thwart the “misinformation pandemic,” says co-editor Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS, FAAP.

A new complement to the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual also published by APHA Press, Clinical Practice addresses COVID-19 and other conditions with brand-new material authored by many experts.

“This manual begins where Control of Communicable Diseases Manual leaves off – patient management is a part of communicable disease control, and CCDM Clinical Practice deserves a place on the bookshelf as an equal partner to CCDM,” said co-editor David Heymann, MD, DTM&H, who has headed the Control of Communicable Disease Manual since 1997.

CCDM has been published by APHA Press, an imprint of the American Public Health Association, for more than 100 years and is one of the most authoritative sources for infectious disease information, covering the diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases as well as an overview of epidemiology and prevention. Providing authoritative medical information through a strong public health lens, CCDM helps keep practitioners abreast of infectious diseases in a format that can be easily perused and not as cumbersome as a comprehensive textbook.

The 600-page volume is an essential reference for physicians and other health care practitioners, especially on-the-go clinicians, such as those working in global health infectious diseases, epidemiology, travel medicine and tropical medicine. The book comes out during a time when “the need for timely, accurate, scientifically vetted information has never been greater,” says Khan, a practicing physician at Christiana Care in Delaware and professor at Jefferson Medical College and the University of Vermont. He also currently serves as board chair for the Delaware Public Health Association and as editor-in-chief of the Delaware Journal of Public Health.

“While COVID-19 is generating today’s headlines, there are other longstanding diseases such as TB, HIV and malaria that continue to need our attention and focus,” Khan said.

“We need to put the public back in public health, and remember all the conditions that affect our communities won’t take a break when COVID goes away,” he notes. “We also need to provide our doctors, nurses and all health care workers the best tools to help our communities.  Control of Communicable Diseases: Clinical Practice is an essential piece of that toolbox.”


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