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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, September 24, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Guidance for caring for individuals recently evacuated from Afghanistan
  • Changes to legionellosis investigations, reminder of preferred diagnostic tests
  • Fungus among us?
  • In the news: CDC statement on ACIP booster recommendations
  • Infographic: How to recognize MIS-C

Archive Issues

Epi Update for Friday, September 17, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Review: FDA approved COVID-19 tests, including at-home and lab based options
  • COVID-19’s impact on healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates
  • Infographic: Clinicians – Care for yourself one small way each day
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, September 3, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Reminder: Positive and negative COVID-19 tests remain reportable in Iowa
  • West Nile virus activity increasing in Iowa
  • 2020 Iowa HIV End-of-Year Report highlights
  • Infographic: HIV In Iowa

Epi Update for Friday, August 27, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Potential shortage of blood lead test kits following July 2021 recall
  • Continued increases in bacterial STIs
  • New Lyme disease training modules for clinicians
  • Infographic: What’s the difference between a booster dose and an additional dose?

Epi Update for Friday, August 20, 221  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Consider melioidosis in patients with acute bacterial infection that doesn’t respond to normal antibiotics
  • Peak West Nile virus season is here
  • Rabies specimen submission guidelines
  • CDC: COVID-19 vaccination safe, effective, recommended for pregnant people
  • ACIP Authorizes Additional Vaccine Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals
  • HHS Releases plan for COVID-19 Booster Doses
  • Infographic: Get a COVID-19 vaccine

Epi Update for Friday, August 6, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Outbreak reporting of diseases not on the reportable disease list
  • Rabies bat consultations increasing
  • Infographic: Rabies exposure management for bat-related incidents
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, July 30, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Increasing inter-seasonal respiratory syncytial virus activity in Iowa
  • Updated STI treatment guidelines released
  • USPSTF Grade A recommendation for PrEP and cost-sharing elimination
  • Pan-resistant Candida auris healthcare clusters identified in the U.S.
  • Infographic: Infographic: AFM – Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Epi Update for Friday, July 23, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • At-home testing available via SHL, Test Iowa program
  • Reporting at-home tests not performed at SHL
  • Increases in early syphilis and congenital syphilis in Iowa
  • Reminder: VAERS reporting following COVID-19 vaccination
  • Mental health conditions among public health workers
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, July 9, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Recall of LeadCare(R) lead tests due to risk of falsely low results
  • Reopening buildings safely after prolonged shutdown or reduced operation
  • Rabies resources available from IDPH
  • In the news: Delta is now the dominant coronavirus variant in the U.S.
  • In the news: US death rates are falling for many types of cancer, but not all
  • Infographic: Recommendations for managing human rabies exposure

Epi Update for Friday, July 2, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Cases of melioidosis identified in nearby states, lab misidentification potential
  • CDC releases COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool for clinicians, individuals
  • Summer food safety tips
  • In the news: China declared officially malaria-free by WHO
  • In the news: 5,000-year-old man was 'oldest plague victim'
  • Infographic: Get ready to grill safely
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, June 25, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Medical, public health groups release statement on myocarditis, COVID-19 vaccination
  • National HIV Testing Day, June 27
  • Cyclospora infections on the rise in Iowa
  • In the news: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
  • Infographic: HIV - Know your status

Epi Update for Friday, June 18, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Increase in inter-seasonal respiratory illness
  • Interim guidance for evaluating and caring for patients with Post-COVID conditions
  • Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Countries Classified as High Risk for Dog Rabies
  • In the news: Gardeners, take heed: it’s a ‘tick-y year’
  • In the news: As coronavirus recedes, colds and common viruses are back – especially among children
  • Infographic: Protect your child from RSV
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, June 11, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Shiga toxin-producing E. coli complications, prevention
  • Input requested – Iowa Health Assessment Survey
  • Tick bite prevention
  • In the news: Officials confirm Michigan's first human case of a deadly hantavirus
  • In the news: FDA says to avoid eating cicadas 'if you're allergic to seafood'
  • Infographic: 5 things to do right after visiting animals

Epi Update for Friday, June 4, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Iowa identifies first variant influenza case of 2020-21 season
  • CDC HIV surveillance reports released, Iowa continues to perform well
  • In the news: China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu
  • In the news: Vampire bats socially distance when they feel sick
  • Infographic: Flu can spread between pigs and people

Epi Update for Friday, May 28, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • First West Nile virus case of the season
  • Syphilis: epidemiology and treatment
  • Recreational water safety
  • In the news: Subway swabbers find a microbe jungle and thousands of new species
  • In the news: Why deadly ‘Black Fungus’ is ravaging COVID patients in India
  • Infographic: Mosquito bites can make you sick
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, May 21, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Resuming the Epi Update
  • Ct values and COVID-19 testing
  • Preventing COVID and other common diseases
  • In the news: Don't kiss, snuggle backyard poultry, CDC warns in salmonella alert
  • In the news: In a first, gut microbe genes linked to array of human diseases
  • Infographic: COVID-19 – Prevent the spread

EPI Update for Friday, March 6, 2020  

COVID-19 Updated Testing & Reporting Guidance

Special Edition Epi Update for Friday, February 28, 2020   

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated Guidance for Healthcare Providers & Facilities

Epi Update for Friday, February 21, 2020  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Reminder of influenza outbreak management resources for long-term care facilities due to increased outbreak reports
  • Interim influenza vaccine effectiveness estimates released
  • School absence due to illness high: Reminder of IDPH resources for schools and parents
  • Influenza appears to be switching from B to A: There is still time to get immunized even if you already had one type of influenza
  • In the news: The women’s health pioneer you’ve probably never heard of
  • In the news: Mediterranean diet scores another win for longevity by improving microbiome
  • In the news: Teens are still vaping flavors, thanks to new disposable vape pens
  • Infographic: What is novel coronavirus?

Epi Update for Friday, February 14, 2020  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak update and recommendations
  • 2020 child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules now available
  • ACIP updates Tdap recommendations
  • In the news: Deadliest infectious diseases in the world, ranked
  • In the news: This is what the deadly coronavirus looks like under a microscope
  • In the news: American life expectancy rises for first time in four years
  • Infographic: We’re back! Yeah, it’s going to be sick.

EPI Update for Friday, February 7, 2020  

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
 

Epi Update for Friday, January 31, 2020  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • 2019 Novel Coronavirus Updated Recommendations
  • In the news: New coronavirus outbreak declared global public health emergency
  • In the news: First case of person-to-person transmission of Wuhan virus in the US confirmed
  • In the news: A deadly virus is spreading from state to state and has infected 15 million Americans so far. It's influenza
  • Infographic: Health alert – Travelers from China

Epi Update for Friday, January 24, 2020  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak update and recommendations
  • CDC Issues Level 3 Travel Warning for Wuhan and Level 1 Travel Watch for the Rest of China
  • Seven different coronaviruses are known to infect humans
  • In the news: What we Know about the Wuhan Coronavirus
  • In the news: Snakes could be the source of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
  • In the news: “Too early” to declare new coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency, WHO says
  • Infographic: Reduce your risk of coronavirus infection

Epi Update for Friday, January 17, 2020  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Update: 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Wuhan City, China
  • First year of the Iowa Voluntary Veterinary Tick Surveillance Program a success
  • Public safety notification on exosome products
  • In the news: Not so hot – U.S. data suggest human bodies are cooling down
  • In the news: You are unvaccinated and got sick. These are your odds.
  • In the news: Healthy habits 'deliver extra disease-free decade'
  • Infographic: Ways to prevent norovirus outbreaks from food contamination

Epi Update for Friday, January 10, 2020  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Influenza activity high in Iowa
  • Outbreak of Pneumonia of Unknown Etiology (PUE) in Wuhan, China
  • Expanded options to cover HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) costs
  • In the news: Rotavirus may be overdiagnosed due to vaccine virus shedding
  • In the news: 5 things that will help keep your microbiome healthy
  • In the news: The anti-vaccination movement that gripped Victorian England
  • Infographic: Take 3 actions to fight the flu

Epi Update for Friday, December 20, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Increase in norovirus illnesses statewide
  • Iowa public awareness campaign to combat youth vaping
  • Free opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone available in Iowa
  • In the news: Top 10 health questions America asked Dr. Google in 2019
  • In the news: 'Four hours to walk off pizza calories' warning works, experts say
  • In the news: Malaysia reports first case of polio since 1992
  • Infographic: The impact of e-cigarettes on the lung
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, December 6, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Suspected lung injury associated with vaping temporarily designated as a reportable disease in Iowa
  • FluSight generates ongoing influenza activity forecasts
  • Progress update and initiatives for ending HIV transmission in Iowa, U.S
  • In the news: The plague probably didn't wipe out the Roman Empire and half the world's population, new study suggests
  • In the news: Wake-up call for vector-borne diseases that are on the uptick
  • In the news: Why is it called Legionnaire’s disease?
  • Infographic: HIV surveillance report
     

Epi Update for Friday, November 22, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Update on outbreak of severe respiratory illnesses associated with vaping
  • Updated ACIP recommendation for PCV13 vaccine in adults over 65 years
  • Thanksgiving food safety
  • In the news: Hepatitis A outbreak 'potentially linked' to blackberries from Fresh Thyme stores, officials say
  • In the news: DR Congo measles - Nearly 5,000 dead in major outbreak
  • In the news: When countries get wealthier, kids can lose out on vaccines
  • Infographic: Addressing common questions about pneumococcal vaccination for adults

 

Epi Update for Friday, November 15, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • First flu-related deaths of the season reported, influenza activity increasing
  • Rabies vaccine and immune globulin fully available
  • CDC report highlights progress, areas for improvement in fight against antibiotic-resistant organisms
  • In the news: How maternal Zika virus infection results in newborn microcephaly
  • In the news: Rural Americans are more likely to die from preventable causes
  • In the news: These 10 countries are the best prepared to fight a pandemic
  • Infographic: Whooping cough (pertussis)

Epi Update for Friday, November 8, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Legionella increase highlights need for investigation, prevention
  • CDC continuing education: Japanese encephalitis vaccination
  • CDC releases 2018 healthcare-associated infections (HAI) report
  • In the news: Here’s why you need to get a flu shot, even if you don’t want one
  • In the news: Why didn’t she get Alzheimer’s? The answer could hold a key to fighting the disease
  • In the news: More teens than ever are vaping. Here's what we know about their habits
  • Infographic: How Legionella affects building water systems and people

Epi Update for Friday, November 1, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Reminder: Get vaccinated for influenza now, before activity increases!
  • Pertussis testing and vaccination guidelines
  • Antibiotic Awareness Week
  • In the literature: Novel treatment of a vaccinia virus infection from an occupational needlestick — San Diego, California, 2019
  • In the news: Measles wipe immune system's memory of other illnesses
  • In the news: FDA expands Xofluza indication to people at high-risk for flu complications
  • Infographic: One Health Day, November 3

Epi Update for Friday, October 25, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Update on outbreak of severe respiratory illnesses associated with vaping
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
  • Botulism: Symptoms, treatment, public health follow-up
  • In the news: Disneyland guests warned of measles exposure after infected person visits park
  • In the news: Disease fighters to mark partial victory in polio eradication battle
  • In the news: Can medical care exist without plastic?
  • Infographic: Scary food habits that can make you sick

 

Epi Update for Friday, October 18, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Rabies vaccine and immune globulin in short supply, but still available
  • Syphilis increases seen in Iowa and nationally
  • IDPH salutes infection preventionists
  • National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 20-26
  • In the news: The end of Guinea worm was just around the corner. Not anymore
  • In the news: Global Handwashing Day - Make it a family affair
  • Infographic: Wash hands. Teach kids to do the same

Epi Update for Friday, October 11, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Update on outbreak of severe respiratory illnesses associated with vaping
  • What is Mycoplasma pneumoniae?
  • Program area spotlight: Field epidemiologists
  • In the news: Three STDs reach all-time highs in the U.S., new CDC report says
  • In the news: Ten years ago, swine flu ushered in the era of drug-store flu shots
  • In the news: The toll mounts from a mystery disease some call "the new polio"
  • Infographic: The lowdown on how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases

Epi Update for Friday, October 4, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Eastern equine encephalitis in the news
  • Pumpkin patch and apple orchard safety
  • Epi Quiz
  • In the news: A hot tub display at a North Carolina state fair may be the origin of a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease
  • In the news: Inside the massive effort to tackle one of America’s greatest rabies threats
  • In the news: CDC anticipates U.S. will maintain its measles elimination status
  • Infographic: Raw milk – Know the raw facts
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, September 27, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Update on outbreak of severe respiratory illnesses associated with vaping
  • West Nile virus remains a risk during early fall
  • New CMS regulations for antibiotic stewardship programs in hospitals
  • In the news: The tiny kingdom fighting an epidemic
  • In the news: Which drink is best for hydration? Hint: It isn't water
  • In the news: Flu season is coming, and it could be a nasty one. Avoid being the 8% and get a shot now, CDC says
  • Infographic: State Hygienic Laboratory - Our impact, disease control

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