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Disease Intervention Specialist Importance Grows as STD Cases Rise (10/2/17)

Disease Intervention Specialist Importance Grows as STD Cases Rise (10/2/17)

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognize October 6, 2017, as the annual Disease Interventionist Specialist (DIS) Day. DIS work across many program areas in public health; however, their primary focus is working with individuals diagnosed with HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia. DIS connect individuals diagnosed with these infections to important resources, confidentially notify anyone with potential exposure and direct all to appropriate medical treatment. The role they play is more important than ever as Iowa and the rest of the U.S. experience increases in many of these STDs.

Monday, October 2, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1400)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2017 (9/29/17)

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2017 (9/29/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first Iowa death this year associated with West Nile virus. A middle-age adult (41 to 60 years of age) woman from southwest Iowa died in September. “This death related to West Nile is tragic and reminds us to protect ourselves and our families from mosquitoes,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. "Until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus."

Friday, September 29, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1372)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Time to Get Ready for Flu 9/21/17

Time to Get Ready for Flu 9/21/17

Although Iowa’s influenza season typically does not begin until November, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) influenza surveillance network has already reported a handful of influenza cases in the state. “Flu vaccine is plentiful,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “Since it takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop full protection against the flu virus, being vaccinated now means you’ll be protected before the flu starts spreading and for the rest of the flu season.”

Thursday, September 21, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (8041)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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IDPH Recognizes STD Awareness Month (4/5/17)

IDPH Recognizes STD Awareness Month (4/5/17)

Reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in Iowa, with a 75 percent increase in gonorrhea cases from 2013 to 2016. Preliminary 2016 data show chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all increased over the previous year, mirroring national trends.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2070)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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IDPH Releases Report on Hepatitis C Infection in Iowa (2/13/17)

IDPH Releases Report on Hepatitis C Infection in Iowa (2/13/17)

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released its first report on hepatitis C infection in Iowa. Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and liver transplants in the U.S.

A comparison of data from 2000 to 2015 shows the number of Iowans diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection increased nearly three-fold, from 754 cases in 2000 to 2,235 cases in 2015.

Monday, February 13, 2017/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2898)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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