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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

EPI Update for Friday, May 19, 2017  PDF

  • 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

 

Archive Issues

EPI Update for Friday, May 12, 2017 PDF

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 PDF

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  PDF

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  PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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  PDF

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  PDF

  • 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 

  • 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  PDF

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  PDF

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 10, 2017 PDF

 Items for this week’s EPI Update include: 

  • ACIP immunization schedule changes  
  • School absenteeism on the rise in Iowa
  • In the news: Turning the Tide Against Cholera
  • Infographic: Fight the Flu 3 Cs 
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 3, 2017 PDF

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, 2017   PDF

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    PDF

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    PDF

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   PDF

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   PDF

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  PDF

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   PDF

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  PDF

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   PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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      PDF

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 PDF

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    PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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   PDF

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 PDF

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  PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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  PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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        PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF

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 PDF 

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 PDF

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

EPI Update for Friday, April 22, 2016 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:
•       Global replacement - trivalent with bivalent polio vaccine
•       Updated adult lead reference level
•       Elizabethkingia cluster in the Midwest
•       CDC Zika and pregnancy infographic – in Spanish

EPI Update for April 15, 2016    PDF
Items for this week’s EPI Update include:
• Immunization is a shared responsibility
• Early detection and treatment of STDs is essential
• CDC concludes Zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects
• CDC Zika infographics available
• Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for April 8, 2016 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:
Exclusion recommendations for Shigella and E. coli
Long-term antibiotic therapy is ineffective for persistent Lyme
Resources for addiction to heroin and other opioids
Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 1, 2016    PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Opioid overdose prevention
  • Electronic laboratory reporting update
  • An early spring means farm work is underway
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

Supplemental EPI Update for Friday, March 25, 2016    PDF

New guidance on prevention of Zika virus transmission from CDC:

  • Updated interim guidance for counseling patients about pregnancy planning and the timing of pregnancy after possible exposure to Zika virus
  • Updated interim guidance for preventing sexual transmission with information about how long men and women should consider using condoms or not having sex

 

EPI Update for Friday, March 25, 2016   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Travel-associated Zika virus disease cases among U.S. residents
  • Influenza widespread across most of the U.S.
  • Raw milk consumption
  • Iowa acute disease monthly update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, March 18, 2016 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Lead in Iowa water concerns
  • Fruit and fruit juice consumption in children
  • Happy 20th birthday, PulseNet!
  • Celebrate Easter safely
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, March 11, 2016   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Mumps update
  • Influenza activity update
  • CDC releases HAI resources
  • Historical malaria in Iowa
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, March 4, 2016     PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Locally-acquired viral diseases: Zika, dengue, Chikungunya
  • Influenza testing of hospitalized patients
  • History of Zika virus
  • Reportable disease poster available from Clearinghouse
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

EPI Update for Friday, February 26, 2016     PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  •  Three cases of Zika virus in Iowa
  • Interim influenza vaccine effectiveness
  • Sexual transmission of Zika
  • Staff changes within CADE
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 19, 2016 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • First imported case of Zika virus in Iowa
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 12, 2016 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • U.S. Zika virus activity
  • Zika virus testing
  • Zika virus in brain and placental tissue
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 5, 2016  PDF  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Zika virus update
  • Influenza activity update
  • ACIP 2016 immunization schedules
  • Mumps update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 29, 2016  PDF

  • Zika virus

EPI Update for Friday, January 22, 2016    PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Clinical guidance for Zika virus in pregnant women
  • MIND diet protection against Alzheimer’s disease
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 15, 2016 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Mumps update
  • Influenza activity update
  • TB outbreak involving elephants and humans in Oregon
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (ALERT) PDF

  • Changes to Iowa’s Reportable Diseases law go into effect today

EPI Update for Friday, January 8, 2016 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity increases slightly in Iowa
  • Stop West Africa screening for Ebola
  • Acute Flaccid Myelitis now reportable
  • Zika virus update

EPI Update for Friday, January 1, 2016 PDF 

  • Five simple resolutions we can all keep

EPI Update for Friday, December 25, 2015 PDF

The Epidemiology of Christmas Fever

EPI Update for Friday, December 18, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Home electronics recycling dangers
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Wednesday, December 9, 2015 PDF

  • Shigella activity is increasing again in Iowa. Activity is highest in Dubuque, Polk and Scott counties. More than 30 infections have been reported in each of the three counties over the last several months.  IDPH recommends collecting a stool specimen and testing for Shigella in patients with consistent symptoms. Symptoms include watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and malaise.

EPI Update for Friday, December 4, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Mumps activity continuing
  • 2014-2015 influenza vaccine effectiveness in hospitalized adults
  • Recent public health achievements – vaccine preventable diseases
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 20, 2015 Addendum PDF

  • University of Iowa students may be traveling home for Thanksgiving break, which starts today. While home on break, students may present to their healthcare provider requesting a third dose of MMR vaccine. The document at the following link, explains the public health recommendation for administer a third dose of MMR vaccine to University of Iowa students who are less than 25 years of age.

EPI Update for Friday, November 20, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Mumps update
  • Influenza update
  • Meningococcal vaccine information
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 13, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Mumps cases are increasing
  • Mumps laboratory testing in Iowa
  • Ebola update
  • Safer food saves lives – stopping multistate foodborne outbreaks
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 6, 2015 PDF

Third Dose of MMR Recommended for University of Iowa Students

EPI Update for Friday, October 30, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Masks are not just for Halloween
  • Influenza circulating in Iowa
  • What is in a name?
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 23, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Mumps update
  • West Nile virus update
  • New IDPH and Epi Manual website
  • Molecular assays for diarrheal pathogens
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 11, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Ebola update from West Africa and Iowa
  • Enterovirus and human parechovirus surveillance
  • Shingles: extremely common, but vaccine preventable
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 4, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza vaccine: best to get by the end of October
  • A hot tip on hot tubs
  • Adult chickenpox
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 28, 2015   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • No cases of Ebola currently in Sierra Leone
  • Mosquitoes still a threat - first Iowa case of JCV confirmed
  • Vomiting machine demonstrates norovirus spread via aerosolization
  • Problem gambling treatment is available, effective
  • Increase in plague cases in western U.S., 2015
  • New influenza and vector-borne epidemiologist in CADE
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 21, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update on last week’s wedding outbreak
  • Worst wedding outbreak ever
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is not just in the Rocky Mountains
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 14, 2015   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Blastomycosis infection in Wisconsin
  • Gastroenteritis outbreak linked to wedding
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 7, 2015   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza is currently in Iowa and causing outbreaks
  • First West Nile virus case confirmed
  • Free materials on WNV, Lyme, other tick-borne diseases
  • Environmental and health data tracking web portal
  • Prevent antibiotic resistant germs

EPI Update for Friday, July 31, 2015   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Tularemia on the rise in South Dakota
  • Cilantro suspect vehicle in multi-state Cyclospora outbreak
  • Public health response to fungal meningitis outbreak saved lives
  • Lyme disease cases follow past trends

EPI Update for Friday, July 24, 2015   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Hansen’s disease (leprosy) increase linked to armadillos
  • Nigeria goes one year without a reported case of polio
  • Free Mount Everest fitness challenge
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 17, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Reminder: suspect meningococcal invasive disease is immediately reportable
  • Opportunities to educate patients regarding sodium intake
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 10, 2015 PDF

Items for this week's EPI Update include:

  • West Nile virus activity in surrounding states
  • Heroin epidemic in the U.S. and Iowa
  • Coccidioidomycosis on the rise in Missouri
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 26, 2015 PDF

Items for this week's EPI Update include:

  • IDPH flood page activated
  • Update on MERS in Korea
  • Firework safety
  • EIS officer leaving IDPH, but staying close by
  • Epi-Update next week

EPI Update for Friday, June 19, 2015 PDF

Items for this week's EPI Update include:

  • Changes to Liberia traveler screening
  • Mosquito surveillance begins
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update

EPI Update for Friday, June 12, 2015 PDF

Items for this week's EPI Update include:

  • 1914 Typhoid Fever outbreak in Adel, Iowa
  • Updated sexually transmitted disease treatment guidelines
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
  • Ebola update
  • Anthrax transfer update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 5, 2015 PDF

Items for this week's EPI Update include:

  • Last weekly seasonal influenza report
  • Avian influenza update
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
  • LIME disease: Get your sunblock out, not your bug spray!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 29, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Avian influenza update
  • Chikungunya update
  • Food safety at the farmer’s market
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 22, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Avian influenza update
  • Ebola update
  • Increased number of Salmonella and Shigella cases in Iowa
  • Cryptosporidiosis and Giardiasis surveillance in the U.S., 2011-2012
  • Sleep-related deaths among infants
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 15, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Timely notification of suspect measles cases essential
  • Hepatitis A in U.S. travelers to Mexico
  • Kiddie pools and recreational water illness
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday May 8, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Avian influenza update
  • Changes to Ebola recommendations for Liberia
  • Microcystin poisoning surveillance in Iowa
  • HIV diagnoses in Iowa fall to lowest level in 11 years
  • Tick season has begun
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 1, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Avian influenza
  • Canine influenza
  • Spice, K2, fake pot - dangerous, deadly chemicals
  • Rubella eliminated from the Americas
  • Worker deaths in Iowa
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 24, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Avian influenza
  • Measles outbreak in California declared over
  • Botulism update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 17, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Ticks, ticks, ticks
  • FDA asks medical providers for help - Lead Poisoning Alert
  • Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance, Nine States, 1999-2008
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 10, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Flu winding down but specimens still needed
  • Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • Ocular syphilis in the United States
  • April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month
  • Thank you - local public health partners
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 3, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Safe injection practices
  • New health snapshots
  • MMWR articles of interest
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 27, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Missed opportunities for tetanus post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Tuberculosis is still a life-threatening problem
  • Salmonella and Easter chicks and ducklings
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 20, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Ebola update
  • Increases in ocular manifestations of syphilis
  • Woman unharmed after strangling a rabid raccoon
  • Measles activity update
  • Influenza update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 13, 2015 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Chikungunya update
  • Flu update
  • Childhood lead poisoning in Iowa
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 6, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • 2015-16 seasonal influenza vaccine recommendation
  • Measles activity update
  • Foodborne illness source attribution estimates
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 27, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles update
  • New Clearinghouse materials for HIV
  • Chlamydia continues to have the greatest number of cases
  • New disease caused by Bourbon Virus
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 20, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles update
  • Influenza update
  • Updated immunization schedules
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 13, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • MMR vaccination recommendations
  • Measles update
  • Ebola update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 6, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles vaccination recommendations for health care providers
  • Measles update
  • Influenza update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday January 30, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Refresher on measles vaccination recommendations
  • Measles activity in the U.S. - no cases in Iowa
  • Measles activity in neighboring states
  • Resources for developing measles protocols
  • Medical office telephone evaluation of patients with possible influenza
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 23, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Antiviral supply
  • Measles outbreaks in the United States
  • Measles immunization recommendations
  • New testing recommendations for individuals with parotitis
  • Simulation saline IV products
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 16, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Flaccid paralysis update
  • Congenital syphilis
  • Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) report
  • Mali off the list for Ebola
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 9, 2015  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Flu update
  • Measles outbreaks in California and South Dakota
  • Chikungunya virus update
  • Educational materials available at no cost!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for December 19, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Respiratory Virus Update
  • Antiviral use Recommendations for Influenza
  • Iowa Hospitals, EMS and Lab Partner as Ebola Response Precaution
  • Ebola Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 12, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Three strains of Influenza circulating in Iowa
  • Iowa’s Health Ranking
  • Ebola Update
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 5, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza update
  • Ebola update
  • Chikungunya virus update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 21, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Thanksgiving food safety tips
  • Weather’s effect on illness
  • Cold weather brings carbon monoxide risks
  • Ebola update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 14, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Ebola update
  • CDC statement on LAIV effectiveness and vaccination of children
  • Norovirus shedding after experimental human infection
  • Iowa acute disease monthly update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 7, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Ebola update
  • Preventing cavities from Halloween candy
  • HPV vaccination and cervical cancer
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 31, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity low in Iowa, but two strains circulating
  • Winter viruses other than influenza
  • Ebola update
  • The best treat of all
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 24, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Norovirus activity in Iowa
  • Ebola update
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October, 17, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza season starts in Iowa
  • Influenza teleconference/webinar October 22 at noon
  • Ebola update
  • Enterovirus update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 10, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • New Ebola information, web sites and guidelines
  • Enterovirus D68 update
  • IDPH ABLES (Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance)
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 3, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • New Ebola guidance released this week: please review
  • Ebola identification in Texas
  • Acute neurologic illness with focal limb weakness of unknown etiology in children
  • Influenza season surveillance
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 26, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • New pneumococcal conjugate vaccine recommendations
  • Fall pumpkin patch, apple orchard, and petting zoo reminders
  • New educational materials available
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 19, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Epi working on Ebola returns from Sierra Leone
  • 2013 Iowa Surveillance of Notifiable and Other Diseases Report available
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Supplemental EPI Update #3 for Tuesday, September 16, 2014  PDF

Enterovirus D68 (Infection Control and Environmental Cleaning)

EPI Update for Friday, September 12, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • The temperature is dropping and viruses are warming up
  • Flu vaccine update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Supplemental EPI Update #2 for September 9, 2014   PDF

  • Enterovirus D68 Update

Supplemental EPI Update for September 8, 2014  PDF

  • Enterovirus D68 Circulating in Iowa

EPI Update for Friday, September 5, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Imported case of Chikungunya in Iowa
  • Rabies guidance for bat exposures
  • Iowa Influenza Surveillance
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 29, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa epidemiologist concludes work in Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak
  • West Nile virus case count update
  • 24/7 phone number needed for rabies test
  • Typhoid fever still common and deadly worldwide
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 22, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update: Iowa epidemiologist assists Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak
  • First Chikungunya case in American Samoa
  • Influenza immunization recommendations
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 15, 2014  PDF

First Chikungunya-positive mosquito confirmed in U.S.

  • Update: Iowa epidemiologist assists Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak
  • West Nile virus counts increase to four
  • Standards for Ebola personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 8, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa epidemiologist in Sierra Leone helping stop Ebola
  • Fist bump curbs spreading germs
  • Laboratory procedures when Ebola is suspected
  • Get the latest IDPH information
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 1, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Cyclospora cycles back to Texas
  • Ebola outbreak in West Africa breaks record
  • Mosquito-borne viruses bite early
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 25, 2014   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Nationwide voluntary recall of fruits: possible Listeria monocytogenes
  • Laboratory exposure to Francisella tularensis
  • Hand sores and history of sheep/goat exposure? Think Orf virus.
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 18, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Dengue Fever and Chikungunya
  • Proper specimen submission for animal rabies samples
  • RAGBRAI riders reminded to stay hydrated
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 11, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • First West Nile virus case of the season reported
  • Reminder of updated rabies materials
  • CDC resources for using antibiotics wisely
  • Cyclosporiasis outreach to clinicians
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 27, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza Summer Season Surveillance needs you!
  • Are your patients traveling internationally this summer?
  • Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 20, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Chikungunya cases increase in U.S. travelers
  • Flooding and health concerns
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 13, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa’s beach water monitoring program
  • Newborn screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • Dr. Aldous to head SHL’s Disease Control Division
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Mobile App
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 6, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Polio booster vaccine requirements for travelers
  • CDC Vital Signs: Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks
  • Measles cases in the United States reach 20-year high
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 30, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Suspect 3rd U.S. MERS case was not infected
  • Surveillance for microcystin toxin exposure
  • Do you have patients who work with stone countertops?
  • IDPH joins World No Tobacco Day observation
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 23, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Memorial Day weekend kicks off outdoor adventures
  • Diarrheal Illnesses and recreational water
  • Fifth disease
  • Measles virus used to treat cancer
  • Influenza surveillance report update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 16, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • CADE is available 24/7/365
  • Second case of MERS-CoV confirmed in the United States
  • Measles cases in the U.S. increasing vs. recent years
  • Staying safe and healthy in the water
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 9, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update on MERS-CoV in the United States
  • Human metapneumovirus outbreak in long term care facility
  • Importance of hand hygiene in reducing antibiotic resistance threats
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 2, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • First Case of MERS-CoV confirmed in the United States
  • 20 Years of Vaccines for Children
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 25, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Medical Preparedness for Anhydrous Ammonia Exposures
  • Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Cotham Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Bearded Dragons
  • National Infant Immunization Week
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 18, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Tick season has begun
  • April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month
  • Geographic location and mental status effect on dental health
  • New field epidemiologist
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 11, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Mumps outbreak on Ohio State University campus
  • Plague of Justinian
  • Did you know?
  • Consumption of fruits and vegetables may reduce all-cause mortality
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 4, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • IDSS Maintenance Window and Upgrade Instructions
  • Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
  • Global Tobacco Control
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 28, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Heartland Virus Disease
  • Leprosy Case in Iowa
  • National and State HAI Progress Report
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 21, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • 2014 Cancer in Iowa Report released
  • Recent increase in VISA isolates sent to SHL
  • MERS vs. SARS
  • Norovirus outbreaks: Stay home when ill
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 14, 2014   PDF

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • NYC measles outbreak: Reminder that measles is serious
  • Mumps at Ohio State University
  • Health resources for international travelers
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology & Surveillance (ABLES)
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 7, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles in a border state
  • CDC Vital Signs: Antibiotic Rx in Hospitals: Proceed with Caution
  • Epidemic of epidemics
  • Salmonella and Easter Chicks and Ducklings
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 28, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza update
  • Flu vaccine efficacy
  • California paralysis cases
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 21, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Norovirus prevention
  • HPV vaccination support
  • Antioxidant flavonoid therapy
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 14, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity update
  • Fatal case of hantavirus reported in Iowa
  • Influenza vaccination success
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 7, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • HIV testing update
  • 2014 Immunization Schedules
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 31, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Chikungunya transmission spreads in western hemisphere
  • Flu activity update
  • New CDC Web site for preventing infections in long-term care facilities
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 24, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Laboratory-acquired Brucellosis after high risk exposure
  • CDC’s 2013 Prevention Status Reports released
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 17, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza deaths reported in Iowa
  • Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1)
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 10, 2014 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Atypical hand, foot and mouth disease identified in Iowa
  • Global effect of smoking
  • SBIRT program addresses substance abuse
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 3, 2014  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • CADE’s 10 Top Diseases of 2013

EPI Update for Friday, December 20, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity increasing in Iowa
  • The 'gift' that keeps on giving: Norovirus
  • Influenza vaccine safety
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 13, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity update
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week
  • Chikungunya virus in the western hemisphere
  • Very high blood lead levels among adults - U.S. 2002-2011
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 6, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Shigella activity continues in Woodbury County
  • Meningococcal disease at Princeton University and the University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 22, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Last chance! Epi Update reader survey
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Give thanks, NOT diarrhea this holiday
  • Facts about antibiotic resistance
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 15, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Please help! Epi Update reader survey
  • More influenza vaccine administered than this time last year
  • Polio outbreak response prompts coordinated vaccination campaign in Middle East
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 8, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Three strains of influenza identified in Iowa
  • Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2013 now available
  • Updated edition of Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 1, 2013 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Shigella in Woodbury County
  • Update on national Cyclospora outbreak
  • Treatment of diarrheal diseases
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 25, 2013 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Unpasteurized apple cider can be a health risk
  • Overprescribing rates remain high for pharyngitis, bronchitis
  • IDPH doubles nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) offer
  • Severe acute illness in a toddler exposed to multiple pesticides
  • Soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers?
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 18, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Get your shots before you pack
  • Fall harvest respiratory concerns
  • Measles from yesterday to present
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 11, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile update
  • Flu is now circulating in Iowa
  • Acute hepatitis and liver failure after dietary supplement use
  • Facts about breast cancer in Iowa
  • Fall outings to pumpkin patches and apple orchards
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 4, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Increase in syphilis cases continues
  • HIV and AIDS Administrative Code update
  • Outbreaks of Cryptosporidium (from summer to fall activities)
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update Friday, September 27, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Time to start thinking flu!
  • Get your flu vaccination now
  • Cryptosporidiosis case count continues to rise
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update Friday, September 20, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Change in pertussis prevention recommendation
  • Antibiotic resistance threats in the U.S.
  • Iowa influenza surveillance
  • Hazard update - single load laundry detergent packets
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 13, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Launch of a new public health tracking tool
  • West Nile virus update
  • New IDSS coordinator - Ngoc Tran
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 6, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa’s annual notifiable disease report
  • TB skin test antigens shortage update
  • 2012-2013 influenza season summary report
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 30, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Non-cholera Vibrio infections
  • It’s hot out there - sport fans take extra precautions
  • Too sick for school?
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update Friday, August 23, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile virus activity continues in Iowa
  • New rabies web site
  • Cyclospora testing update
  • Updated educational materials available
  • Foodborne illness reporting study
  • Introducing Samir Koirala
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 16, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Nationwide recall: Cedar Park (Texas) compounding pharmacy
  • The tapeworm diet
  • Adult blood lead guidelines
  • And the award goes to…
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 9, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Updated Cyclospora testing criteria- Please use from now on
  • Update on Cryptosporidiosis
  • School begins soon
  • Influenza-like illness (ILI) surveillance
  • Acute disease monthly summary
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 2, 2013 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa Cyclospora outbreak investigation update
  • Increase in Cryptosporidium cases in Iowa
  • IDPH publishes MMWR article
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update ALERT #3 - July 31st, 2013 PDF

  • Iowa Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation Update

EPI Update for Friday, July 26, 2013  PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa Salmonella Enteritidis cases increasing
  • Cylospora reports are decreasing but Cryptosporidium reports are on the rise in Central Iowa
  • Updated recommendations for use of VariZIG
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 19, 2013 PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Cyclospora outbreak investigation continues and who to test
  • West Nile virus update
  • RAGBRAI XLI study
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 12, 2013   PDF

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update on the Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) update
  • Updated Yellow Fever vaccine stamp policy
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update Alert # 2 - Monday, July 8, 2013  PDF

  • ALERT #2 - EPI Update, July 8, 2013 - ALERT #2

EPI Update Alert # 1 - Wednesday, July 3, 2013  PDF

  • Possible outbreak of Cyclospora; test patients with consistent symptoms