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The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Gary Goldbaum sends alerts via email to local health care providers. Alerts cover current local, regional or national health threats and important updates on medical care and protocols. Alerts are written as needed to cover urgent or emergent health issues.

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Ebola & Obesity

Today’s topics:

  • Ebola
  • Obesity

Ebola

Action requested:  Be aware that Ebola monitoring is continuing only for travelers from Guinea.

Background & Recommendations:

The World Health Organization has declared Sierra Leone as an Ebola free country, leaving only Guinea as a country in which Ebola remains a significant concern.  Public health will no longer monitor travelers from either Liberia or Sierra Leone.  Although this is a major step towards containing the epidemic in Africa, clinicians should still be alert for travelers from Guinea who present with fever or other symptoms.

Obesity

Action requested:  Take advantage of useful free clinical reference tools to support management of obesity.

Background & Resources:

Obesity affects more than a quarter of our adult population and over 10% of youth.  Given the significant complications and costs of obesity, effective management is critical.  The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) offers a range of free educational materials for physicians and other medical professionals to promote understanding of evidence-based treatment options for patients with obesity. Links below will connect you with useful clinical reference tools focusing on obesity.

Adult Obesity Resources

Adolescent Obesity Resources

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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.