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Health Alerts

Action: The Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Mark Beatty 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.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ebola virus disease (EVD) update

Action requested: Use screening forms to guide decisions about when to contact public health and be aware of additional detailed guidance for protecting health care personnel. Read More >>
Friday, October 3, 2014

Ebola virus disease & Influenza

Action requested: Inquire about travel whenever patients present with fever or other symptoms consistent with Ebola.  Call the Health District (425-339-5278) immediately if Ebola is suspected.  If the Health District concurs, then providers should call 911 to arrange transport to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (PRMCE) while the Health District alerts PRMCE and the state Department of Health.
Action requested: Be aware of a correction to the Health alert of 9/22/14—live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) may be administered to healthy children aged 2-8 years who have no contraindications.  Precautions such as asthma or wheezing are not contraindications. Read More >>
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Enterovirus EV-D68 & pertussis

Action requested: Consider enterovirus EV-D68 in the differential for severe upper respiratory illness among children.
Action requested: Test for pertussis and exclude from work or child care only when symptoms are present. Read More >>
Friday, August 29, 2014

Treatment of latent tuberculosis & Ebola & Anencephaly in Central Washington

Action requested: Consider short course therapy for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI).
Action requested: Be aware of resources to address management of patients at risk for or diagnosed with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Action requested: Assure adequate folic acid intake for women of childbearing age. Read More >>
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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.