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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.


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.

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.

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