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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.

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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

Epi Update for Friday, September 20, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Enterovirus season is upon us
  • CDC viral hepatitis report documents increases in hepatitis A, B and C
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • In the news: As vaping illnesses rise, doctors warn of possible 'irreversible damage' to lungs
  • In the news: C-section babies are missing key microbes
  • In the news: Most cyclists who suffer head injuries aren't wearing helmets
  • Infographic: Stay safe from Salmonella infection

Epi Update for Friday, September 13, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Late summer and early fall is AFM season
  • Severe respiratory illness among persons with a history of vaping
  • Epi Quiz
  • In the news: Can the world eradicate another disease?
  • In the news: Too little sleep, or too much, may raise heart attack risk
  • Infographic: Germs are everywhere

Epi Update for Friday, September 6, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Patient confusion: shingles and chickenpox
  • Influenza season is coming – help IDPH improve influenza surveillance!
  • Program area spotlight: Influenza and Legionella
  • In the news: Teenage boy goes blind after existing on Pringles, white bread, French fries
  • In the news: New Zealand measles outbreak rises above 1,000 cases
  • In the news: Whatever happened to... the 494 children who got HIV in 1 Pakistani city?
  • Infographic: Know your risk of getting shingles and complications

Epi Update for Friday, August 30, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Additional potential cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping reported  
  • Updated influenza vaccine recommendations for 2019-2020 season
  • Changes proposed to hepatitis C screening guidance for adults
  • Take-home lead a problem for Iowa toddlers
  • In the news: Measles - Four European nations lose eradication status
  • In the news: Should grandparents get new vaccinations?
  • In the news: Whatever happened to... The kids whose lead levels were off the charts?
  • Infographic: If you work around lead, don’t take it home! 
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

 

Epi Update for Friday, August 23, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Candida auris now temporarily reportable in Iowa
  • Vaping-related illnesses reported among Iowa young adults
  • HPV vaccination recommendations for adults
  • In the news: Africa begins countdown to being polio free as Nigeria marks 3 years without diseas
  • In the news: The world before vaccines is a world we can’t afford to forget
  • In the news: Cases of vape-related lung damage rise to at least 153
  • Infographic: Protect your preteen patients today with HPV vaccine

Epi Update for Friday, August 16, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Severe respiratory illness in patients with a history of vaping
  • West Nile virus update 
  • Tick surveillance in Iowa
  • In the news: Israeli flight attendant dies after contracting measles
  • In the news: Why sexually transmitted infections can’t shake their stigma
  • In the news: Massachusetts has confirmed its first human case of EEE since 2013. What is the mosquito-borne disease?
  • Infographic: Teachers and parents: that USB stick might be an e-cigarette
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, August 9, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Severe respiratory illnesses among teenagers who recently vaped
  • Enhanced barrier precautions for nursing homes
  • Tetanus is rare, but remains a threat
  • In the news: Spirit Airlines passengers have a surprise bat passenger
  • In the news: How mosquitoes killed billions, helped win the American Revolution
  • In the news: The inflammation connection
  • Infographic: Infection prevention and you
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update Friday, August 2, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Cyclosporiasis reports continuing to increase in Iowa and nationally
  • Summer influenza testing guidance: Confirm positives, watch for novel influenza
  • In the news: Bangladesh reports more than 13,000 dengue cases in July
  • In the news: People in the United States are misusing antibiotics, study says
  • In the news: Where rabies is entrenched
  • Infographic: Take action to prevent the spread of flu between pigs and people

Epi Update for Friday, July 26, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea cases continue to increase in Iowa
  • CDC, ACIP update Japanese encephalitis vaccination guidelines
  • World Hepatitis Day - July 28th 
  • Program area spotlight: Hospital associated infections (HAI)
  • In the news: What tick saliva does to the human body
  • In the news: Simple ways to prevent falls in older adults
  • In the news: Exposure to nature could help fight junk food cravings
  • Infographic: Clinicians - Timing is key for AFM

Epi update for Friday, July 19, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Cyclosporiasis reports increasing in Iowa
  • Increase in pertussis in Southeast Iowa
  • Ebola Outbreak in the DRC declared public health emergency
  • In the news: Measles is killing more people in the DRC than Ebola, and faster
  • In the news: A mix of these foods could restore healthy microbes in malnourished kids
  • In the news: Your lifestyle can lower your dementia risk, even if you have high genetic risk, study says
  • Infographic: People of all ages need whooping cough vaccines
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, July 12, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Iowan, horses and mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus, indicating that risk is increasing
  • Flu vaccine availability timing
  • Additional cases of Canine Brucellosis identified in dogs originating from an Iowa kennel
  • In the news: Disease watch - What global travelers should know in summer 2019
  • In the news: 10 findings that contradict medical wisdom. Doctors, take note.
  • In the news: Millions hurt by 'secondhand' alcohol of others
  • Infographic: U.S. cryptosporidiosis outbreaks: 2009-2017

Epi Update for Friday, June 28, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • MMR vaccine recommendations for travelers
  • Tonometers and other ophthalmology devices can spread infection if improperly reprocessed
  • Program area spotlight: vaccine-preventable disease
  • In the news: Low trust in vaccination “a global crisis”
  • In the news: Polio – the final battle
  • In the news: Hidden heart disease risks
  • Infographic: Wash hands when leaving animal exhibits

Epi Update for Friday, June 21, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • FDA warning: fecal microbiota transplants and multi-drug resistant organisms
  • Update: Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Tularemia and babesiosis in Iowa
  • In the news: Norovirus close-ups might help fight stomach flu
  • In the news: Vaccine injury claims are few and far between
  • In the news: Spending time in nature boosts health, study finds
  • Infographic: Where to check for ticks

Epi Update for Friday, June 14, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Laboratories: Please forward Cyclospora specimens to SHL
  • Rabies: A forgotten killer
  • FDA advisory on tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms
  • In the news: CDC activates emergency operations center for Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC
  • In the news: How measles detectives work to contain an outbreak
  • In the news: 10,000 steps a day? How many you really need to boost longevity
  • Infographic: Then and Now – Changes in rabid animals reported

Epi Update for Friday, June 7, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Rare but fatal complication of gonorrhea reported in Iowa
  • Measles update
  • Don’t “rescue” wildlife babies
  • In the news: This year the flu came in two waves. Here’s why.
  • In the news: As Americans shun the measles vaccine, the residents of Idjwi are dying to get it
  • In the news: Is it time to treat sugar like smoking?
  • Infographic: Protect all the skin you’re in
     

EPI Update for Friday, May 31, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Benefits of stool testing
  • Tuberculosis screening, testing and treatment of healthcare personnel
  • Epi Quiz
  • In the news: The current global measles outbreak, mapped
  • In the news: Mumps - is it the forgotten disease?
  • In the news: Man bit by bat hiding in his iPad case
  • Infographic: Healthy camping: norovirus prevention at youth camps
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, May 24, 2019  

  • Clarifying recommendations for adult MMR vaccination and assessing immunity
  • Hepatitis A outbreaks around U.S. highlight importance of testing, vaccination
  • Tick removal and testing
  • Summer food safety tips
  • In the news: Tattoo inks recalled because they're contaminated with bacteria
  • In the news: More people are eating marine animals - with deadly results
  • In the news: When travelers bring skin infections back as souvenirs
  • Infographic: Get ready to grill safely

Epi Update for Friday, May 17, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Tick surveillance in Iowa
  • Brucella canis  
  • IDPH recommends testing for hepatitis C
  • Lead exposure testing reminders
  • In the news: Mongolian couple died of plague after eating raw marmot
  • In the news: What you need to know about the U.S. measles outbreak
  • In the news: To save a girl’s life, researchers injected her with genetically engineered viruses
  • Infographic: Brush up on dental health
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, May 10, 2019  

Items for this week's Epi Update:

  • Measles toolkit for health care providers

Epi Update for Friday, May 3, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • FDA approves first vaccine for dengue
  • May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day
  • Lyme disease testing recommendations
  • In the news: Cruise ship in St. Lucia quarantined over confirmed measles case
  • In the news: “Vampire facial” may have exposed spa clients to HIV, New Mexico health officials say
  • Infographic: Clean hands count
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities
     

Epi Update for Friday, April 26, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:
  • U.S. measles case count highest since disease “eliminated” in 2000
  • Epi Quiz
  • Program area spotlight: Foodborne illness epidemiology
  • In the news: Salmonella outbreak linked to precut melons sickens 117 people in 10 states
  • In the news: World's first malaria vaccine program launches in Malawi
  • Infographic: Gear up for food safety!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, April 19, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Iowa reports two measles cases
  • Geographic spread of influenza down to local activity
  • New tick surveillance project in Iowa
  • In the news: The right way to use a public bathroom (to avoid getting sick)
  • In the news: Rural areas struggle to treat the spread of syphilis
  • Infographic: State Hygienic Laboratory – Our Impact
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, April 12, 2019  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Measles case in Iowa, first case since 2011
  • Iowa STD trends follow national lead
  • National Dog Bite Prevention Week
  • Salmonella, backyard chicken flocks, and Easter chicks
  • In the news: Why this ancient disease is making headlines in 2019
  • In the news: Is the saturated fat in chocolate as bad as the fat in meat?
  • Infographic: Don’t play chicken with your health
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

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