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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 31, 2015

Ebola & Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine

Action requested:  Be aware that Ebola monitoring has now ended for all travelers from Africa.
Action requested:  Consider attending an educational session about HPV vaccine. Read More >>
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ebola & Obesity

Action requested:  Be aware that Ebola monitoring is continuing only for travelers from Guinea.
Action requested:  Take advantage of useful free clinical reference tools to support management of obesity. Read More >>
Monday, November 2, 2015

Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC)

Action requested:  Consider STEC infection in persons with diarrhea and who have recently eaten food from Chipotle restaurants.  
Read More >>
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Serologic testing for infants born to mothers with Hepatitis B, Opiod management & Expedited partner therapy (EPT) for sexually transmitted infections

Action requested: Test infants who are vaccinated following birth to mothers infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) at age 9-12 months or 1-2 months after the final dose of the hepatitis B vaccine series.
Action requested: Obtain training in appropriate use of opioids. Consider offering office-based treatment of opioid use disorders.
Action requested: Treat heterosexual partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia.  Do not refer to public health. Read More >>
Monday, September 14, 2015

Infection Control at Healthcare Facilities

Action requested:  Healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics and doctors' offices) that utilize reusable medical devices should arrange for a healthcare professional with expertise in device reprocessing to immediately assess their reprocessing procedures. This assessment should ensure that reprocessing is done correctly, including allowing enough time for reprocessing personnel to follow all steps recommended by the device manufacturer. Read More >>
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Health alerts include information about diseases or other health risks or issues that affect Snohomish County.