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Influenza Vaccine and Mumps

Actions requested:  Be aware that intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is not likely to be recommended this next influenza season.

Actions requested:  Be aware that college-bound students from Washington State have been exposed to mumps.

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Friday, June 24, 2016/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (835)/Comments (0)/
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Testing for Zika virus

Actions requested:  Be aware that real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) testing is now commercially available, but commercial laboratories do not provide confirmatory testing.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (791)/Comments (0)/
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Loperamide as opioid substitute, Fentanyl, Chronic pain training, Testing for Zika virus, Ticks

Action requested:  Be aware that persons addicted to opioids may abuse loperamide to get high.

Action requested:  Be aware that persons addicted to opioids may be using street drugs containing fentanyl, for which much higher doses of naloxone are needed to reverse overdoses.

Action requested:  Take advantage of free training about current recommendations for opioid management of chronic pain.

Actions requested:  Include urine samples when testing for acute symptomatic Zika virus infection and be aware of guidance to properly interpret any Zika test results.

Action requested:  Be aware of updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of tickborne rickettsial diseases.

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Friday, June 3, 2016/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (872)/Comments (0)/
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Listeria, testing for Zika virus infection, testing for blood led levels, antiretroviral post-exposure prophylaxis after non-occupational exposure to HIV

Action requested:  Listeria - Be aware of potential exposure to listeria in foods sold in Washington State.

Action requested: Testing for Zika virus infection - Be aware that a commercial test for Zika virus in blood is now available.

Action requested: Testing for blood led - Be aware of targeted screening recommendations for children in Washington State.



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Friday, May 6, 2016/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (765)/Comments (0)/
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Zika virus infection, pregnancy, and sex; Ebola; Sexually transmitted infections

Action requested: Be aware of current recommendations for to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus and to protect against Zika virus infection during pregnancy.

Action requested: Be aware that Ebola is no longer considered a public health emergency.

Action requested:  Use the Health District’s new fillable form to report sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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Friday, April 1, 2016/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (815)/Comments (0)/
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