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Health Alerts

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.

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.

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.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Response to Seattle Pain Centers closures, Sexual transmission of Zika virus, Acute flaccid myelitis, Fluoroquinolones

Actions requested:  Be prepared to support patients previously managed at Seattle Pain Centers (SPC).

Actions requested:  Advise patients who may be or have been exposed to Zika virus that Zika virus can be transmitted sexually from an infected man or woman to an uninfected partner.

Actions requested:  Report cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) to public health.

Actions requested:  Be aware that fluoroquinolones should not be used in patients with certain bacterial infections.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pain clinic closure; Treatment of chronic hepatitis C; Antimicrobial-resistant gonorrhea

Actions requested:  Be aware that services for patients seen at area pain clinics may be limited, leading to more patients who have been on chronic opioid treatment needing to be seen urgently by other providers.

Actions requested:  Review the revised hepatitis C (HCV) guidelines from the Washington State Healthcare Authority (HCA) and Apple Health, and take steps to optimize identification and treatment of chronic hepatitis C patients who are Apple Health beneficiaries.

Actions requested:  Be aware that treatment of gonorrhea requires dual therapy.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Influenza vaccine; Human papillomavirus vaccine; Long acting reversible contraception

Actions requested:  Be aware of resources to support provider decisions about vaccinating for influenza, given that intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is not recommended this next influenza season.

Actions requested:  Consider participating in a free webinar about how to increase vaccination to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus.

Actions requested:  Consider a free training on long acting reversible contraception.

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