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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 October 6, 2017  PDF

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

Previous Issues

EPI Update for September 29, 2017   PDF

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 September 22, 2017  PDF

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 September 15, 2017   PDF

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 September 8, 2017 PDF

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 September 1, 2017 PDF

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 August 25, 2017 PDF

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 August 18, 2017 PDF

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 August 11, 2017 (No update)

EPI Update for August 4, 2017 PDF

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 July 26, 2017 PDF

New CDC Zika Virus Guidance: Implications for Iowa Healthcare Providers

EPI Update for Friday, July 21, 2017 PDF

  • 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   PDF

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 PDF

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 June 30, 2017 PDF

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 June 23, 2017 PDF

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 June 16, 2017  PDF

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 June 9, 2017 (NO EPI UPDATE) 

 

EPI Update for June 2, 2017 PDF

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 PDF

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  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

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

 

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