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Epi Update

Weekly newsletter from the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). To start receiving the Epi Update, please call Shawnice Cameron at 1-800-362-2736.

Current Issue

Supplemental EPI Update for Monday, April 23, 2018  

  • Measles Exposures in the Des Moines Metro

Archive Issues

EPI Update for Friday, April 20, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • No Iowa cases linked to multistate egg or lettuce outbreaks
  • SHL identifies mcr-1 drug resistance gene
  • April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week
  • In the news: How your mindset determines your health
  • In the news: Doctors battle drug-resistant typhoid outbreak
  • Infographic: How vaccines strengthen your baby’s immune system
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, April 13, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Shingles vs. chickenpox and how to prevent each
  • Shingles exposures during child care 
  • Influenza activity declines, geographic spread reduced to local
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • In the news: Could you fight off worms? Depends on your gut microbes
  • In the news: Sitting is bad for your brain, not just your metabolism or heart
  • Infographic: Chickenpox and the vaccine (shot) to prevent it
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, April 6, 2018  

•             Coagulopathies Associated with Contaminated Synthetic Cannabinoids

•             Unusual resistance organisms widespread in the U.S.

•             Welcome new CADE employee

•             In the news: "Zombie-like" raccoons - Police probe calls about raccoons acting

              strangely in daytime

•             In the news: Shingles is nasty, and the new vaccine works well. Why do adults

              avoid  shots?

•             In the news: U.S. infectious disease mortality, by county

•             Infographic: Containment strategy – Be on guard to contain the first spark

•             Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 30, 2019  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

• Influenza activity still declining; no antiviral resistance seen in Iowa

• American Dental Association announces new opioid policy

• Easter safety: Ham, eggs and baby chicks

• In the news: Guinea worm disease transmission stopped in South Sudan

• In the news: C-Sections and gut bacteria may contribute to overweight kids

• Infographic: Promising actions for safer opioid prescribing

• Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 23, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles: More cases in Kansas, exposure sites identified in Missouri
  • Study: Low level lead exposures increase cardiovascular deaths
  • In the news: How to avoid catching the flu virus on a plane, according to new study
  • In the news: World Health Organization gets ready for “Disease X”
  • Infographic: Consider measles
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPU Ipdate for Friday, Mach 16, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Expanded yellow fever vaccination guidelines for travel to Brazil
  • Geographic spread of influenza reduced to regional
  • You traveled to a Zika-affected area for spring break. Now what?
  • More measles cases, exposures identified in the U.S.
  • In the news: First steps taken for vaccine pills
  • In the news: A man with a life-threatening heart infection was saved by a virus plucked from a lake
  • Infographic: Prevent bug bites – What to know before you go!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, March 9, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update: Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken salad
  • Influenza A activity decreasing, influenza B increasing
  • Increase in opioid overdoses treated in emergency departments
  • 2018 Cancer in Iowa report
  • In the news: South Africa blames food firms for world's worst listeria outbreak
  • In the news: Kayaker attacked by possibly-rabid otter
  • Infographic: A rise in opioid overdoses is detected. What now?
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 2, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Gram stains and Neisseria meningitidis
  • Consider neurocysticerosis if symptoms/exposure fits
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • In the news: They’re hosting parasitic worms in their bodies to help treat a neglected disease
  • In the news: Could these bacteria stop skin cancer?
  • Infographic: Mosquito bite prevention for travelers
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 23, 2018  

 

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:
  • Update: Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken salad
  • Several norovirus outbreaks reported across Iowa
  • Indiana bat exposures show public not always aware of rabies risk
  • In the news: How exercise may help the memory grow stronger
  • In the news: Measles cases in Europe quadrupled in 2017 
  • Infographic: How you get norovirus from people or surfaces
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, February 16, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Consumer advisory issued for chicken salad purchased at Fareway
  • First influenza vaccine estimates released
  • Pet food safety
  • In the news: You don't want to know what was in Abby Beckley's eye
  • Infographic: Pet food safety
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 9, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Antiviral medication for influenza treatment and prophylaxis
  • 2018 immunization schedules released
  • Reminder: Mumps testing guidelines
  • Perinatal hepatitis C infection
  • Norovirus outbreak at 2018 Winter Olympics
  • Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria
  • 14 tips for a healthy Valentine’s dinner
  • In the news: Scientists find possible cause for mystery epidemic that wiped out Mexico 500 years ago
  • In the news: Black Death spread by humans, vindicating rats
  • Infographic: Lead poisoning is 100% preventable
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday February 2, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Updated shingles vaccine recommendations
  • When are deaths considered influenza-associated?
  • Several norovirus outbreaks reported in Iowa
  • In the news: How feeding prairie dogs peanut butter could help save ferrets from the plague
  • In the news: What we can learn 100 years later from the 1918 flu pandemic
  • Infographic: Rules of the game for food safety
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 26, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Significant influenza activity in long-term care facilities, schools
  • Influenza B is circulating too, and is covered by vaccine
  • Poison control in Iowa receiving calls about Tide Pod challenge
  • Falls prevention resources - risk increases with icy conditions
  • In the news: Opioid addiction: Perspective from a father, clinician and educator
  • In the news: We may finally know the cause of polio-like illness paralysing children around the world
  • Infographic: Winterize to prevent falls
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 19, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Multiple measles cases reported in U.S. Midwest
  • Influenza activity in Iowa on pace to surpass 2016-17 totals
  • Save Your Brain quiz for cognitive decline
  • Three new reports on healthcare associated infections (HAI)
  • In the news: Best foods to protect your aging brain
  • In the news: After a debacle, how California became a role model on measles
  • Infographic: An antibiotic is the wrong tool to treat a virus
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 12, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza deaths continue to increase in Iowa
  • Official recommendation for third dose of mumps vaccine during outbreaks
  • Study: Peracetic acid effective surface disinfectant for Ebola virus
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • In the news: “The problem child of seasonal flu”: Beware this winter’s virus
  • In the news: 8 easy, meaningful New Year’s resolutions for better health
  • Infographic: Safety tips for handling and preparing common foods
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 5, 2018  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza widespread in Iowa, antiviral reminder
  • Type F infant botulism - very rare, but cases in Iowa 
  • Many hep C cases don’t get confirmatory testing
  • In the news: Salmonella Infection Linked to Rattlesnake Pills
  • In the news: CRISPR put to work to save chocolate
  • Infographic: Cover your cough
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, December 29, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • England National Health Service’s 10 goal-setting resolution tips
  • Mayo Clinic’s 4 ways to reach (and maintain) New Year's resolutions
  • Infographic: Set SMART goals

EPI Update for Friday, December 15, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Vaccination still best defense against flu
  • Neurocysticercosis case identified in Iowa
  • FDA streamlines updating of antimicrobial susceptibility breakpoints
  • Babesiosis in Iowa
  • In the news: Guano-filled tunnels cause deadly outbreak in Dominican Republic
  • Infographic: Keep hot foods above 140°F
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 8, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity increasing in Iowa
  • Gonorrhea increasing rapidly in Iowa
  • CDC releases 2016 data on TB in the U.S.
  • In the news: Eating cheese every day might actually be healthy
  • Infographic: The costly burden of drug-resistant TB in the U.S.
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 1, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Meningococcal disease declines more than 70 percent
  • New Jersey: Exotic tick identified for first time in U.S.
  • Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017
  • Have You Ever Heard of the Goiter Belt? Iowa is in it.
  • In the news: Just two measles cases cost taxpayers $68,192 in Colorado
  • In the news: Scarlet fever cases hit 50-year high in England
  • Infographic: Your map to a food-safe holiday
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 17, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Pertussis recommendations
  • Thanksgiving food safety
  • 2016 Iowa Hepatitis C surveillance data
  • Rural populations have special health challenges
  • In the news: World Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19
  • In the news: Fiber is healthy, but adding processed fiber to foods does not make them healthy
  • Infographic: You can help prevent antibiotic resistance
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 10, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • How one hospital went nearly a year without a C. difficile infection
  • Study: Many health care providers work while ill
  • More Iowans receiving flu vaccination so far this season
  • Madagascar plague outbreak: Guidance for travelers
  • In the news: People are living longer in places you wouldn't expect
  • In the news: Here’s why vaccines are so crucial
  • Infographic: Deadly diarrhea
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 3, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa records first flu-related death of the season
  • Updated guidelines for management of infectious diarrhea
  • Get Ahead of Sepsis
  • In the news: Anthrax may have killed 100 hippos in Namibia
  • In the news: Buckle up a helmet to save a life
  • Infographic: Protect yourself and your family from sepsis
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 20, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza vaccination among health care personnel
  • Some areas of U.S. reporting early influenza A(H3) activity
  • West Nile virus in Iowa, 2017
  • Personal story of opioid addiction shared
  • Iowa physician talks about decision to become a MAT provider
  • Continued need for lead poisoning prevention for Iowa children
  • Physician Guidelines – Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • In the news: Why is Madagascar facing its worst plague outbreak in years?
  • In the news: New clues to how Neanderthal genes affect your health
  • Infographic: Child safety – No level of lead in the body is safe!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 13, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • STDs on the rise in Iowa, nationally
  • Second West Nile virus death of 2017
  • Updated immunization brochures, flu posters
  • In the news: U.S. Olympians at 2016 Rio Games were infected with West Nile virus, not Zika
  • In the news: 8 activities with serious health perks that aren’t exercise
  • Infographic: Get a flu shot before the flu gets you
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 6, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Exclusion reminder: shiga toxin-producing E. coli and Shigella
  • Adult lead exposure data available by county
  • Head lice prevention and control in schools
  • CDC Vital Signs describes links between obesity and cancer
  • Make sure your cider is pasteurized!
  • In the news: An upbeat mood may boost your flu shot’s effectiveness
  • In the news: Leprosy is not quite yet a disease of the past
  • Infographic: The new (ab)normal
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 29, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa reports first West Nile virus death of 2017
  • CDC influenza vaccine safety campaign
  • Reminder: CDC email/text subscription service
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • In the news: In San Diego, hundreds line up for hepatitis A vaccinations after deadly outbreak may have hit restaurants
  • Infographic: You call the shots – make sure vaccination is safe
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 22, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza identified in Iowa
  • Rhinovirus outbreak: Lab reporting essential
  • Emerging diseases vs. those commonly found in Iowa
  • Stroke death rates continue to decline in Iowa
  • Azithromycin often prescribed incorrectly for children
  • In the news: Probiotic bacteria could protect newborns
  • Infographic: The impact of unsafe medical injections in the U.S.
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 15, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • San Diego Public Health’s efforts to contain hepatitis A outbreak
  • Health behaviors and academic achievement among high school students
  • Animal and pet feces contact a risk factor for Campylobacter
  • In the news: Plants “hijacked” to make polio vaccine
  • Infographic: Stop. Rethink your drink. Go on green.
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 8, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • LaCrosse encephalitis virus case identified in Iowa
  • CDC's Chicago Quarantine Station
  • CDC Vital Signs – Preventing stroke deaths
  • Control of the Mumps outbreak at the University of Iowa
  • In the news: Backyard chickens carry a hidden risk - Salmonella
  • Infographic: Don’t play chicken with your health
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 1, 2017  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Measles outbreak in Minnesota declared over
  • Rabies bat consultations soar in August
  • In the news: Measles outbreak a lesson for Minnesota school leaders
  • Infographic: Rabies exposure management for bat-related incidents
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 25, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • No grace period for meningococcal conjugate vaccine requirement
  • Occupational impact to risk of enteric disease
  • MERS and Hajj 2017
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • In the news: What does your microbiome say about you?
  • Infographic: Health Advisory, MERS
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 18, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Post-exposure rabies prophylaxis – it’s not too late!
  • Fungal Diseases in Iowa
  • Stay safe when viewing next week’s solar eclipse
  • In the news: Short answers to hard questions about the opioid crisis
  • Infographic: How to be safe around animals!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 4, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • H. influenzae Type B, still a risk for young children
  • Pesticide exposure reminders
  • Don’t collect capillary specimens for adult blood lead testing
  • In the news: Global blindness set to 'triple by 2050'
  • Infographic: Tips to limit various types of pesticide exposures
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Supplemental EPI Update for Wednesday, July 26, 2017  

New CDC Zika Virus Guidance: Implications for Iowa Healthcare Providers

EPI Update for Friday, July 21, 2017  

Items for this week's EPI Update include:

  • Iowa’s first West Nile virus case of the season confirmed 
  • Recommended diagnostic tests for Lyme disease
  • In the news: Cocoa and chocolate are not just treats - they are good for your cognition
  • Infographic: Two-tiered testing for Lyme disease
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 14, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • CDC Advisory: Patients receiving Eculizumab and meningococcemia
  • Reminder: IDPH zoonotic diseases page
  • Tetanus a risk for those not up-to-date on vaccine
  • In the news: The detectives who investigate food poisoning mysteries
  • Infographic: Tetanus
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities 

EPI Update for Friday, July 7, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza: 2016-2017 summary and 2017-18 recommendations
  • SHL confirmation of rapid flu positives (especially important now)
  • Patient confusion: shingles and chickenpox
  • In the news: What to blame for your stomach bug? Not always the last thing you ate
  • Infographic: Chickenpox vaccine
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 30, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Fight the bite! First WNV positive mosquito pool
  • Summertime means increased foodborne illnesses
  • Recent plague cases in New Mexico
  • IDPH’s Division of Behavioral Health offers the Opioid Update
  • In the news: The opioid epidemic is so bad that librarians are learning how to treat overdoses
  • Infographic: Have A Food Safe Summer
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 23, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Changes in yellow fever vaccine access
  • Zika virus transmission in Iowa is not likely, but don’t ditch that bug spray because   West Nile virus season is here!
  • CDC formulary distributes lifesaving drugs and vaccines 24/7
  • 2017 Iowa Immunization Summit a success
  • In the news: Mainer attacked by rabid raccoon drowns it in puddle
  • Infographic: 20 Years of Protection
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 16, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Zika travel recommendations lifted for Miami-Dade County
  • CDC Vital Signs: Legionella
  • FDA requests removal of Opana ER for risks related to abuse
  • Infographic: Don’t let a tick make you sick!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 2, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Suspected C. perfringens outbreak
  • Rabies consultations on the rise
  • Minnesota measles update
  • Candida auris testing available through the State Hygienic Lab
  • In the news: Boost your workouts with caffeine
  • Infographic: Burn To Learn
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 26, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update: more confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota
  • Ongoing transmission of Candida auris
  • CDC app helps plan safe and healthy international travel
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • In the news: Could chocolate guard against an irregular heartbeat?
  • Infographic: life cycle of blacklegged ticks
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 19, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • FDA warns against using Magellan Diagnostics LeadCare testing systems with blood obtained from a vein
  • Update: more confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota
  • IowaSIC hotline update
  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 22-28
  • In the news: Texas girl chokes on fidget spinner part
  • Infographic: Clean It Up, Swimmers
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 12, 2017

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update: More confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota
  • In case you missed it: Mobile friendly version of the Epi Manual
  • Deer antler tea recalled
  • In the news: What snacks to eat for better sleep
  • Infographic: Get Ready to Grill Safely
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 5, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles is knocking at our door; please be vigilant 
  • Ticks are out…
  • In the news: “Napercise” is the new workout of your dreams
  • Infographic: Measles: It isn’t Just a Little Rash
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 28, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update: Multiple confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota
  • Announcing mobile friendly version of the Epi Manual
  • Common virus may trigger celiac disease
  • Connecticut infant contracts rare Powassan virus from tick bite
  • Correction to April 21, 2017 Zika article
  • In the news:  Sugary Drinks Tied to Accelerated Brain Aging 
  • Infographic: World Malaria Day – End Malaria for Good
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities
  • Update: Multiple confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota

EPI Update for Friday, April 21, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Diagnosing and managing Shigella strains with possible reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin
  • Complications of mumps among students with two doses of MMR
  • Zika may cause birth defects in one in 10 pregnancies
  • Electronic laboratory reporting redirect project
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • In the news: You draw it: Just how bad is the drug overdose epidemic?
  • Infographic: Don’t let mumps spoil your fun
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 14, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  •  Multiple confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota
  •  Partners cooperate in foodborne illness investigation
  •  A bat found where? YUCK!
  •  Survey finds almost half of adults infected with HPV
  •  In the news: Smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide
  •  Infographic: HPV cancer prevention
  •  Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 7, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Theory on fewer microcephaly births in Brazil in 2016
  • Picking a better snack
  • CDC study shows influenza vaccine effectiveness against pediatric death
  • Correction to March 10, 2017 article
  • In the news: Healthy gums may signal a longer life
  • Infographic: National Public Health Week 2017
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 31, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles case reported in Nebraska - update
  • Ebola virus detected in Ebola survivor 565 days after recovery
  • In the news: Rabies kills 189 daily but you don’t hear about it.
  • In the news: Chocolate consumption may be linked to heart health
  •  Infographic: Strategic National Stockpile
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 24, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles case reported in eastern Nebraska
  • Measles activity in the United States – no cases in Iowa
  • Resources for developing measles protocols
  • Refresher on measles vaccination recommendations
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Infographic: Measles isn’t just a little rash
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 17, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Yellow fever: Awareness is key
  • Opioid overdose prevention resources for employers
  • Multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to soft raw milk cheese
  • Infographic: Know the raw facts about raw milk 
  • In the news: Dealing with mumps complications
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 10, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Adverse health effects from ingestion of hand sanitizers
  • Update on carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  • New meningococcal vaccine requirement for 2017-2018 school year
  • Smallpox: a reminder
  • Infographic: Healthy families and flocks
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 3, 2017  

Items for this week's EPI Update include:

  • Hepatitis C infection in Iowa
  • Submission of specimens from influenza-associated parotitis cases
  • Tularemia from a fish hook injury in Minnesota resident
  • Infographic: Data used to investigate foodborne illness outbreaks
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities 

EPI Update for Friday, February 24, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include: 

  • Influenza vaccination rates on the rise
  • Three-fold increase in foodborne illness reports since hotline established
  • In the news: Helping kids eat healthy foods
  • Infographic: The Benefits of Flu Vaccination
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 17, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • A unique case of cholera
  • Vital Signs: Noise-induced hearing loss among adults
  • Children’s flu vaccination rate increased despite removal of nasal spray vaccine
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • In the news: How to be mindful while eating chocolate
  • In the news: Rat-related disease kills one in Bronx
  • Infographic: CDC travelers’ health
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities 

EPI Update for Friday, February 3, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include: 

  • Influenza activity (including flu-related deaths) on the rise in Iowa
  •  Public health investigated 40 outbreaks in January 2017 
  •  New Environmental Health Division Director at SHL 
  •  In the news: Lychee cause of mysterious disease that plagued Indian town
  •  Infographic: The benefits of flu vaccination
  •  Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 27, 207  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity at widespread levels in Iowa
  • Seoul virus in rats
  • Norovirus outbreaks close schools around the U.S.
  • In the news: people tend to be happier when they get up and move!
  • Infographic: Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 20, 2017  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Geographic spread of influenza increasing
  • Lead poisoning outbreak: medical monitoring for independent tradesmen
  • CRE strain in Nevada resistant to 26 antibiotics
  • In the news: taking picky eating to the extreme
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 13, 2017  

Items for this week's EPI Update include: 

  • Protect your baby from Zika virus
  • Influenza activity continues to increase statewide
  • Titer checks for immunity: order IgG and not IgM
  • Shrimp – the next big thing in schistosomiasis prevention?
  • Infographic: Frostbite & Hypothermia
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 6, 2017   

Items for this week's EPI Update include: 

  • Influenza vaccination key in long-term care facilities
  • Educational resource for winter weather
  • West Nile virus infection may increase mortality risk years later
  • Infographic: Healthy Living Tips for 2017
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 30, 2016  

Items for this week's EPI Update include: 

  • First influenza-related death reported
  • CDC: flu vaccine protected millions, but coverage remains low
  • Respiratory virus update
  • Fatal measles complication more common than previously thought
  • In the news: It’s a Bird Wearing Goggles and Flying through Lasers
  • Infographic: Life-threatening signs of alcohol poisoning
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 9, 2016  

Items for this week's EPI Update include: 

  • Norovirus activity on the rise in Iowa
  • Pertussis recommendations
  • Influenza update
  • Infographic: Stop Norovirus!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 18, 2016  

Items for this week's EPI Update include: 

  • Influenza update
  • Zika virus and sexual transmission
  • Thanksgiving food safety tips
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Public Health in the news: Squirrels in Britain found to have leprosy
  • Infographic: Let’s Talk Turkey
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 11, 2016  

Items for this week's EPI Update include:

  • How long would Chicago last in the event of a zombie invasion?
  • Squirrel attack leaves three injured at retirement home
  • Do ancient manuscripts contain microbes that could infect humans today?
  • Ever wonder why you sneeze after eating dark chocolate?
  • Bacteria get dangerously weird in space. Who knew?
  • Infographic: Don’t let mumps spoil your fun
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 4, 2016  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Feeling Queasy? Call, it’s Easy!
  • It’s time for flu shots!
  • Increase in hepatitis A “total” tests
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 28, 2016  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • First West Nile virus death since 2010
  • Iowa resident Zika-positive after travel to South Florida
  • Keep your cider safe
  • Dental sealant programs: reducing cavities
  • 2014 Ohio measles outbreak among Amish
  • Infographic: Halloween Safety
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 14, 2016   

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • The microbiome and antibiotic resistance
  • Contaminated devices putting open-heart surgery patients at risk
  • How should pregnant women wear seatbelts?
  • Norovirus activity during the holiday season
  • Infographic: 6 Smart Facts About Antibiotic Use
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 7, 2016   

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile update
  • Mumps testing and prevention reminder
  • Are you ready for the fall harvest season?
  • Infographic: West Nile Virus Transmission Cycle
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 30, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile virus still a threat in Iowa
  • Helping patients control blood pressure
  • Infographic: At each visit: Identify. Assess. Act.
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 23, 2016   

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Zika virus transmission in South Florida
  • Skin infections in student athletes
  • What are SUPER LICE?
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Infographic: The Power of Preparedness
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 16, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile virus update
  • Influenza update
  • Investigation of Zika Virus Infection in a Patient in Utah with No Known Risk Factors
  • Infographic: Four steps to food safety
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 9, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile virus update
  • Sri Lanka declared malaria-free
  • New handwashing posters available from CDC
  • Infographic: Handwashing Princess poster
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 2, 2016   

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Epidemiology of sepsis
  • Education for college students
  • New Influenza Surveillance Network coordinator
  • Infographic: How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 26, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza surveillance year-round
  • Standing desks for school children have health benefits
  • D.A. Henderson, eradicator of smallpox, passes away
  • Infographic: Healthy students do better in school
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 19, 2016   

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • The 120,000 nurses who shook public health
  • First West Nile virus cases confirmed
  • Reminder: weekly updates on Zika cases
  • Infographic: Steps to Safe and Healthy Fruits & Vegetables
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 12, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Free materials on West Nile virus and Fight the Bite posters
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Infographic: The ABCs of Antibiotics
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 5, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Zika Virus in Florida
  • West Nile Virus update
  • Illness associated with potato salad
  • Infographic: Wash Hands When Leaving Animal Exhibits
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 29, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Updated Zika virus guidance
  • National increase in acute flaccid myelitis
  • Pesticide exposure reminder
  • Infographic: Let’s Talk About Pesticides In Your Home
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 22, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Zika in the news
  • Antibiotic resistance for Neisseria gonorrhoeae increases
  • New HIV diagnoses up 27 percent in Iowa
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • To protect yourself from malaria - sleep with a chicken
  • Infographic: Stay Healthy On The Road To Rio
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 15, 2016   

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

Three child drowning deaths prompt reminder

  • Iowa needs Buprenorphine prescribers
  • Save endangered ferrets: vaccinate prairie dogs for plague via drones
  • Infographic: The Facts about Kids and the Danger of Drowning
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 8, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • ‘Cocooning’ reduces pertussis in infants
  • Few pathogens found on mass transit surfaces
  • The many questions of CADE
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 1, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile virus update
  • Zika virus and blood donation
  • Summer weather reminder
  • FDA: raw dough’s a raw deal and could make you sick
  • Infographic: 4 steps to food safety
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 24, 2016  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Recommendation against using live nasal spray flu vaccine
  • Mosquito surveillance begins
  • The human microbiome
  • Microcystin poisoning a reportable disease
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Make a Healthy Splash infographic
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 17, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Resistance causing mcr-1 gene discovered in U.S.
  • Prevent drownings this summer
  • Prevent bug bites infographic
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 10, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • False positive hepatitis A tests
  • Human Micotil needle stick exposures
  • Rabies exposure management for bat-related incidents
  • Protecting workers from heat stress
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 27, 2016   

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Challenges to eradicating polio
  • Medical checklist for pregnant women travelling to Zika areas
  • Picnic food safety
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Global threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria infographic
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 20, 2016   

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Ticks are out
  • IDPH is not recommending Iowa communities change their mosquito control activities due to Zika virus
  • Exposure to tetanus: post exposure prophylaxis
  • Traveler’s food and beverage safety infographic
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI update for Friday, May 13, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Vaccination update
  • CDC estimates 30 percent of antibiotic prescriptions unnecessary
  • Reduce unnecessary antibiotic use infographic
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 6, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • It’s Finals Week: be alert for mumps
  • Influenza update
  • New hand hygiene campaign and infographic
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 29, 2016  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Six measles in Tennessee
  • Guidance for occupational exposure to Zika virus
  • Zika virus testing
  • The impact of folic acid fortification in the United States infographic
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

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