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Provider Training Opportunities

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These webinars include information for healthcare providers on vaccinations. Details and registration are available below. Partners in Prevention: Pharmacists and Immunizations The Washington Department of Health is collaborating with Jenny Arnold of the Washington State Pharmacy Association to host a webinar on November 15, 2018, from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar is open to Provider Training Opportunities

Health Advisory: Increase in Suspected Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Increase in Suspected Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) As of Oct. 9, 2018, 5 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in Washington are being evaluated by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) neurologists and other AFM experts. All cases are among children between 7 months and 5 years of age who presented with Health Advisory: Increase in Suspected Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

West Nile Virus

Background and Epidemiology WNV infection first became a public health problem in the United States in the late 1990s. WNV is a mosquito-borne flavivirus in the same family as yellow fever, dengue fever and St. Louis encephalitis. In rare situations, blood transfusion, organ transplant, transplacental, breastfeeding and percutaneous injury of laboratory workers can transmit the West Nile Virus

Pertussis Fact Sheet

To report a confirmed or suspect case of pertussis, call the reporting line at 800-535-5016 ext. 541. Overview Pertussis is common and very contagious. It is caused by Bordetella pertussis. The bacteria infect cilia in the upper respiratory tract. Early symptoms are mild, like the common cold. Patients often experience violent coughing fits (paroxysms). These can Pertussis Fact Sheet

MRSA Resources for Schools

What is MRSA? Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria resistant to many forms of antibiotics. Many people carry it in their nose or on their skin. Most infections affect the skin, but MRSA can also infect other organs. Without treatment, infections can be life threatening, causing severe complications like sepsis or endocarditis. MRSA Resources for Schools

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Flu Symptoms Checklist

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Should my child stay home from school? ☐ Yes     ☐ No     Does your child have a sore throat, bad cough or runny nose? ☐ Yes     ☐ No     Does your child have body aches and chills? ☐ Yes     ☐ No     Does your child have a  fever of 100°F or higher?   If no thermometer, does your Flu Symptoms Checklist

Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

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You can protect yourself from fentanyl exposure. The abuse of drugs containing fentanyl is killing Americans. First responders are likely to encounter fentanyl when responding to overdose calls, conducting traffic stops, arrests and searches. Inhalation of airborne powder is harmful. Wear gloves when you suspect the presence of fentanyl. Questions? Contact Yakima Health District at Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Among Homeless in California

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Actions Requested Have increased suspicion for acute hepatitis A among people with acute onset of jaundice, markedly elevated liver function tests and other symptoms of acute viral hepatitis. Especially in those who are homeless and/or using drugs. Perform serologic testing on suspect cases: hepatitis A IgM or acute hepatitis panel. Provide hepatitis A vaccine to Health Advisory: Hepatitis A Outbreaks Among Homeless in California

Cryptococcus gattii

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What is it? C. gattii is a fungus closely related to C. neoformans that can infect the pulmonary and central nervous systems of both animals and humans. Until recently, C. gattii was only found in certain subtropical and tropical environments. In 1999 it emerged on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC), Canada. Between 1999 and 2006, Cryptococcus gattii