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Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC

Deva is a Clinical Science Liaison (for the West region), She received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of Central Florida, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the same institution, her Master of Public Health in tropical/communicable diseases and Graduate Certificate in Infection Control at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She is board Certified in Infection Control (CBIC). She is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Deva has been in the healthcare industry for over 15 years serving in various capacities within the public health and hospital domain.

Recent Posts

Going Viral: What’s Trending in the Viral Scene?

Posted by Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC on Jan 1, 2019 12:14:00 PM

Going Viral: What’s Trending in the Viral Scene?

Another New Year and back to the daily grind we go! Time to get back into our routines, meet up at the watercooler, swap holiday stories, and discuss what’s “going viral” right now. For this epidemiologist, “going viral” has a nerdier connotation and is truly a discussion about viruses. Viruses, although not technically “living”, have quite a reputation due to their impact on the living. Viruses make viral news routinely because they are critically provocative & significant to life and their viral effects are routinely highlighted in the media. Here are some of the top trending viral viruses in the country right now:

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The Contaminant Conundrum:  Reducing Blood Culture Contamination

Posted by Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC on Apr 20, 2018 6:00:00 AM


A new positive blood culture appears on your surveillance. And it appears to be a commensal organism. Or is it? Any Infection Preventionist will admit to having these challenges daily. Blood culture contamination is a problematic issue in healthcare. Not only will a contaminant increase the likelihood of inappropriate & unnecessary antibiotic therapy, it will also potentially add a significant healthcare cost— either to the hospital or to the patient. Avoiding these outcomes is the goal!

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Overcoming the Fall and Winter Seasonal Germ Blues

Posted by Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC on Aug 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM


The summer season is nearing its end once again with the start of school, football and fall festivals. And with back to school we bring back the germs! 

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The Growing Threat to Human Health: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted by Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC on Apr 5, 2017 9:43:00 AM


In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) published their first list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens”. This is a list of the most concerning bacteria that pose the “greatest threat to human health”. This list is divided into three levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria based on their significance and potential impact to global health. The priority levels are listed as Priority 1 ‘Critical’, Priority 2 ‘High’ and Priority 3 ‘Medium’. Priority 1 (or ‘Critical’) is the most worrisome. It includes antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas and various Enterobacteriaceae (including Klebsiella, Escherichia coli, Serratia, and Proteus species). These antibiotic-resistant gram-negative bacteria can cause serious infections, such as pneumonia and bloodstream infections, leading to significant morbidity and mortality.¹

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