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Health Alerts

Action: 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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sexually Transmitted Infections, Testing for Zika Virus, Medically Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Action requested:  Actively screen for and treat sexually transmitted infections.

Action requested:  Be aware of a high rate of false positive commercial tests.
Action requested:  Be aware that nurse practitioners and physician assistants will soon be able to receive a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction.


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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Acute Flaccid Myelitis; Vaccines; TB

Actions requested:  Be aware of a cluster of acute flaccid myelitis and report suspect cases promptly.

Actions requested:  Be aware of new guidance for influenza, HPV, & meningococcus vaccines.
Actions requested:  Report promptly any suspect cases of active tuberculosis and screen persons at high risk for developing tuberculosis.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Opioid addiction treatment resource, Transmission of Zika virus in the US, Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, Health Officer transition

Actions requested:  Be aware of expanded local opioid treatment resources.
Actions requested:  Advise pregnant women to avoid travel to the Miami Beach area

Actions requested:  Treat uncomplicated gonorrhea with both ceftriaxone and azithromycin, and advise the patient to avoid sex for at least seven days following treatment and until all sex partners have been adequately treated.


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Zika virus transmission & testing of pregnant women & infants

Action requested:  Be aware of updated guidance about Zika virus transmission & testing of pregnant women & infants.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Zika virus transmission & testing; Tuberculosis guidelines; and Breastfeeding & treatment for opioid addiction

Action requested:  Be aware of local Zika virus transmission in Florida and that commercial laboratory testing for Zika virus is available.

Action requested:  Be aware of new guidelines for managing active tuberculosis.
Action requested:  Consider attending an upcoming mini-forum on issues of interest to those who care for women who are breastfeeding while being treated for addiction.


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