As most members of the emergency response community are aware, the emergency response provisions of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDs Emergency Response Act were reinstated in 2009. This resulted from years of hard work on the part of many EMS and Fire organizations.
An exciting part of the reinstatement of the law was a Congressional directive that the CDC develop a new list of diseases covered by the law. The original list was very limited and did not even include hepatitis C. The CDC published the new list on November 2, 2011; the additional diseases added were substantial (see table below). Now included were not only Hepatitis C but many droplet diseases that are increasingly seen in greater numbers in the U.S. over the past few years.