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Epi Update

Weekly newsletter from the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). To start receiving the Epi Update, please call Shawnice Cameron at 1-800-362-2736.

Current Issue

Epi Update for Friday, May 20, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Monkeypox case identified in U.S., clusters identified in non-endemic countries
  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, toolkit
  • Cryptosporidium risks with animal exposure
  • CDC’s BEAM Dashboard provides in-depth foodborne pathogen data
  • Infographic: Make a healthy splash

Archive Issues

Epi Update for Friday, May 13, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Project Firstline infection control survey
  • Infant formula shortage update
  • Updated rabies Pre-exposure (PrEP) vaccine, titer check recommendations
  • May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Epi Update for Friday, May 6, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Iowa COVID-19 update
  • Travel, potential health risks, and guidance to stay safe
  • In the news: CDC investigating more than 100 cases of unexplained hepatitis in children, including 5 deaths
  • Infographic: Protect your health – Illness could be just a plane ride away

Epi Update for Friday, April 29, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Reporting Pediatric Cases of Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology
  • World Hand Hygiene Day
  • Infographic: My 5 moments for hand hygiene

Epi Update for Friday, April 22, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • CDC Alert: Adenovirus and children with acute hepatitis of unknown etiology
  • Did you know?
  • Infographic: 8 strategies for a healthy spring

Epi Update for Friday, April 15, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • CDC warning on source of lead in Kajal among resettled Afghan families
  • Florida meningococcal disease outbreak highlights importance of vaccination
  • Infographic: Meningococcal vaccines used in the United States

Epi Update for Friday, April 8, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Salmonella and Easter chicks
  • Tick removal and testing
  • STD Awareness Week
  • In the news: Fox captured on Capitol Hill after biting 9 people tests positive for rabies
  • Infographic: Prevent tick bites!

Epi Update for Friday, April 1, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • FDA: Use and store at-home COVID-19 tests properly to avoid potential harm
  • CDC releases quick, easy COVID-19 quarantine and isolation calculator
  • Recent norovirus outbreaks, important prevention tips
  • Infographic: Using your COVID-19 self-test

Epi Update for Friday, March 25, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • New CDC Legionella resources available
  • Tick-borne encephalitis vaccine recommendations for U.S. travelers approved
  • Infographic: World TB Day

Epi Update for Friday, March 11, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Influenza and respiratory illness continues to increase in Iowa
  • Stop HIV Iowa opening plenary presentation
  • In the news: Why millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida and California
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, March 4, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza identified in Iowa
  • Rising incidence of Legionnaires’ disease in Iowa and the US, 1992-2018
  • Syphilis surge continues, disparities persist
  • In the news: Global health champion Paul Farmer dies at 62

Epi Update for Friday, February 18, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Infant formula recall
  • Hepatitis C ECHO: No cost CME Credit and consult with experts
  • In the news: Malawi detects polio, first wild case in Africa in over 5 years

Epi Update for Friday, February 11, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Upcoming changes to COVID-19 response in Iowa
  • Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in commercial turkey flock in Indiana
  • Identifying Higher-Volume Antibiotic Outpatient Prescribers Using Publicly Available Medicare Part D Data — United States, 2019

Epi Update for Friday, February 4, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Omicron variant update
  • Hepatitis A IgM testing limitations
  • CDC updates COVID-19 child care guidelines
  • StopHIVIowa launched last week

Epi Update for Friday, January 28, 2022  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Omicron variant update
  • Overview: SHL sequencing process to identify variants
  • In the news: Past Covid infection protected against delta, but vaccines safest to prevent dire illness, CDC says

Epi Update for Friday, January 14, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Omicron variant update
  • Mandatory reporting orders renewed: CP-CRE, C. auris, AFM, MIS-C
  • Study: Pregnant women high risk influenza group, vaccination and antivirals key
  • In the news: CDC study shows flu vaccination prevents severe flu illness in U.S. children

Epi Update for Friday, January 7, 2022  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Omicron variant update
  • CDC clarifies recent isolation, quarantine guidelines, testing options
  • Iowa influenza activity continues to increase
  • Pertussis testing: PCR is best
  • Clarifying COVID-19 CDC FDA PCR test approval, available options

Epi Update for Friday, December 31, 2021  

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • CDC shortens recommended COVID-19 isolation and quarantine for the public
  • Updated CDC guidance for health care workers
  • Omicron variants continue to be identified in Iowa

Epi Update for Friday, December 17, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Omicron variants continue to be identified
  • Know about norovirus: Prevent the spread
  • Syphilis continues to increase in Iowa, more women affected
  • Infographic: Protect yourself from norovirus

Epi Update for Friday, December 10, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Iowa confirms case of Omicron variant
  • In the news: Coronavirus FAQ: What does it mean if the booster knocks me out? What if it doesn't?
  • Infographic: What’s being done to slow the spread of Omicron variant in the US?
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, December 3, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Omicron identified in multiple states across the US
  • Influenza activity still low but continuing to increase in Iowa
  • COVID-19: Expanded vaccination and MIS-C update
  • World AIDS Day
  • In the news: US Covid vaccinations spike, several states confirm omicron cases
  • In the news: Scientists made a map of the nasty diseases ticks can give you
  • Infographic: HIV – Know the facts

* Special Supplement * Epi Update for Friday, November 19, 2021  

*Special Supplement* 

Epi Update for Friday, November 19, 2021

Epi Update for Friday, November 19, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Influenza AH3N2 increasing in Iowa, especially among young adults
  • Dramatic increase in U.S. drug overdose deaths
  • Monkeypox: Ongoing cases in Nigeria, case identified in the U.S.
  • In the news: CDC investigates flu outbreak at University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus
  • Infographic: Medications for opioid overdose, withdrawal, and addiction

 

Epi Update for Friday, November 12, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Prevent infectious diseases this holiday season
  • Quiz: Holiday meal outbreak
  • In the news: 22 million babies missed measles vaccines during the pandemic. That's a big problem, CDC warns
  • Infographic: Food safety - Turkey

Epi Update for Friday, November 5, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Iowa’s first influenza death of the 2021-22 season and novel influenza cases
  • National shortage of medication used to treat gonorrhea affecting Iowa
  • CDC’s 2020 HAI Progress Report shows increase in some HAIs compared to 2019

Epi Update for Friday, October 29, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Melioidosis bacteria found in aromatherapy room spray, products sold in Iowa
  • Congenital syphilis cases accelerating in Iowa
  • 2020 hepatitis C end-of-year report highlights
  • CDC Food Safety Alert: Multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to salami sticks

SPECIAL EDITION - Epi Update for Monday, October 25, 2021  

Source implicated in fatal case in Georgia - Multistate outbreak of non-travel associated Burkholderia pseudomallei infections (melioidosis) in four patients.

Epi Update for Friday, October 22, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Pumpkin patch and apple orchard safety
  • Update on Influenza Surveillance Sites
  • In the news: CDC warns people to throw away onions from Chihuahua, Mexico, after salmonella outbreak
  • Infographic: Scary Food Habits That Can Make You Sick
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, October 15, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • CDC issues update on Magellan LeadCare Test Kit Class I Recall
  • West Nile virus activity update
  • Resources for zoonotic disease prevention
  • In the news: The World Health Organization honors the late Henrietta Lacks for her contributions to scientific research
  • Infographic: COVID-19 3rd Dose vs. Booster

Epi Update for Friday, October 8, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Update to Iowa’s COVID-19 testing program
  • Iowa COVID-19 vaccination statistics, importance of influenza vaccination
  • To prescribe or not prescribe?

Epi Update for Friday, October 1, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • CDC urges vaccination for pregnant people
  • Influenza season starts October 3. Help us prevent flu.
  • September 28: World Rabies Day
  • In the news: Illinois man dies after catching rabies from an apparent bat bite while he slept at home
  • Infographic: Protect yourself and your baby from COVID-19. Get vaccinated

Epi Update for Friday, September 24, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Guidance for caring for individuals recently evacuated from Afghanistan
  • Changes to legionellosis investigations, reminder of preferred diagnostic tests
  • Fungus among us?
  • In the news: CDC statement on ACIP booster recommendations
  • Infographic: How to recognize MIS-C

Epi Update for Friday, September 17, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Review: FDA approved COVID-19 tests, including at-home and lab based options
  • COVID-19’s impact on healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates
  • Infographic: Clinicians – Care for yourself one small way each day
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, September 3, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Reminder: Positive and negative COVID-19 tests remain reportable in Iowa
  • West Nile virus activity increasing in Iowa
  • 2020 Iowa HIV End-of-Year Report highlights
  • Infographic: HIV In Iowa

Epi Update for Friday, August 27, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Potential shortage of blood lead test kits following July 2021 recall
  • Continued increases in bacterial STIs
  • New Lyme disease training modules for clinicians
  • Infographic: What’s the difference between a booster dose and an additional dose?

Epi Update for Friday, August 20, 221  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Consider melioidosis in patients with acute bacterial infection that doesn’t respond to normal antibiotics
  • Peak West Nile virus season is here
  • Rabies specimen submission guidelines
  • CDC: COVID-19 vaccination safe, effective, recommended for pregnant people
  • ACIP Authorizes Additional Vaccine Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals
  • HHS Releases plan for COVID-19 Booster Doses
  • Infographic: Get a COVID-19 vaccine

Epi Update for Friday, August 6, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Outbreak reporting of diseases not on the reportable disease list
  • Rabies bat consultations increasing
  • Infographic: Rabies exposure management for bat-related incidents
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, July 30, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Increasing inter-seasonal respiratory syncytial virus activity in Iowa
  • Updated STI treatment guidelines released
  • USPSTF Grade A recommendation for PrEP and cost-sharing elimination
  • Pan-resistant Candida auris healthcare clusters identified in the U.S.
  • Infographic: Infographic: AFM – Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

Epi Update for Friday, July 23, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • At-home testing available via SHL, Test Iowa program
  • Reporting at-home tests not performed at SHL
  • Increases in early syphilis and congenital syphilis in Iowa
  • Reminder: VAERS reporting following COVID-19 vaccination
  • Mental health conditions among public health workers
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, July 9, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Recall of LeadCare(R) lead tests due to risk of falsely low results
  • Reopening buildings safely after prolonged shutdown or reduced operation
  • Rabies resources available from IDPH
  • In the news: Delta is now the dominant coronavirus variant in the U.S.
  • In the news: US death rates are falling for many types of cancer, but not all
  • Infographic: Recommendations for managing human rabies exposure

Epi Update for Friday, July 2, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Cases of melioidosis identified in nearby states, lab misidentification potential
  • CDC releases COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool for clinicians, individuals
  • Summer food safety tips
  • In the news: China declared officially malaria-free by WHO
  • In the news: 5,000-year-old man was 'oldest plague victim'
  • Infographic: Get ready to grill safely
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, June 25, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Medical, public health groups release statement on myocarditis, COVID-19 vaccination
  • National HIV Testing Day, June 27
  • Cyclospora infections on the rise in Iowa
  • In the news: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
  • Infographic: HIV - Know your status

Epi Update for Friday, June 18, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Increase in inter-seasonal respiratory illness
  • Interim guidance for evaluating and caring for patients with Post-COVID conditions
  • Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Countries Classified as High Risk for Dog Rabies
  • In the news: Gardeners, take heed: it’s a ‘tick-y year’
  • In the news: As coronavirus recedes, colds and common viruses are back – especially among children
  • Infographic: Protect your child from RSV
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, June 11, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Shiga toxin-producing E. coli complications, prevention
  • Input requested – Iowa Health Assessment Survey
  • Tick bite prevention
  • In the news: Officials confirm Michigan's first human case of a deadly hantavirus
  • In the news: FDA says to avoid eating cicadas 'if you're allergic to seafood'
  • Infographic: 5 things to do right after visiting animals

Epi Update for Friday, June 4, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Iowa identifies first variant influenza case of 2020-21 season
  • CDC HIV surveillance reports released, Iowa continues to perform well
  • In the news: China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu
  • In the news: Vampire bats socially distance when they feel sick
  • Infographic: Flu can spread between pigs and people

Epi Update for Friday, May 28, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • First West Nile virus case of the season
  • Syphilis: epidemiology and treatment
  • Recreational water safety
  • In the news: Subway swabbers find a microbe jungle and thousands of new species
  • In the news: Why deadly ‘Black Fungus’ is ravaging COVID patients in India
  • Infographic: Mosquito bites can make you sick
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update for Friday, May 21, 2021  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Resuming the Epi Update
  • Ct values and COVID-19 testing
  • Preventing COVID and other common diseases
  • In the news: Don't kiss, snuggle backyard poultry, CDC warns in salmonella alert
  • In the news: In a first, gut microbe genes linked to array of human diseases
  • Infographic: COVID-19 – Prevent the spread

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