Please read the following health alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and share with your colleagues
Screening patients in hurricane-affected areas
There have been media reports and accounts of various infectious diseases in hurricane-affected areas, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because of compromised drinking water and decreased access to safe water, food and shelter, the conditions for outbreaks of infectious disease exist. Clinicians assessing patients currently in or who have recently returned from hurricane-affected areas are being asked to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, vibriosis, and influenza. Learn more and get recommendations.
Hepatitis A outbreaks in California
A large hepatitis A outbreak is ongoing in California with a majority of reported cases among those who are homeless, who use injection and non-injection drugs. The outbreak is being spread person-to-person and through contact with a fecally contaminated environment. The CDC notes that person-to-person transmission through close contact is the primary way people get hepatitis A in the United States. San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties have declared local outbreak status. Outbreak associated cases have been confirmed in other California jurisdictions. Get details and resources.
Serogroup B Meningococcal disease outbreak at Oregon State University
Five OSU students have been diagnosed with serogroup B meningococcal disease during this academic year; the most recent case diagnosed Nov. 24. Meningococcal disease outbreaks can persist for months. Clinicians: Be aware of an ongoing serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak as many OSU students will be travelling or returning home during the winter break.