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August 17, 2017

Around the nation: Penn. officials dispensing no-cost potassium iodide pills to residents near nuclear plants

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  • California: An outbreak of chickenpox hit the San Diego State University football team, university officials confirmed on Monday. According to officials, as of Monday, five members of the team presented symptoms. However, officials say the outbreak so far is contained within the team and has not affected the overall student population (Zimmerman, Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality, 8/15).

  • Illinois: AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange has named Michael Murrill as CEO. Murrill previously served as SVP/campus administrator for La Grange hospital. Since joining Adventist Midwest Health (now AMITA Health) in 2008, Murrill has served as CFO of AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook and COO of AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 8/15).

  • Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) administration is urging state residents living within 10 miles of any of the state's five nuclear power plants to stock up on potassium iodide pills, in case of an emergency. According to the Associated Press, state officials will dispense the pills—which block the uptake of radioactive iodide—at no-cost to residents on Aug. 24 as part of yearly effort to replace expired stockpiles of the medication (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/15).

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