Stephanie Badillo-Sanchez

Health Advisory: Measles Case in King County Resident Exposed During International Travel

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On January 21, 2023, testing at Washington State Public Health Laboratories (WA PHL) confirmed measles in a King County resident with a rash that started on January 20, 2023. The adult patient is believed to have been infected during the recent international travel prior to returning to Washington. Public Health- Seattle & King County is <strong>Health Advisory: Measles Case in King County Resident Exposed During International Travel</strong>

Management of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) Shortage

Situation: Significantly elevated respiratory viral activity, including early increases in influenza viral infections, has contributed to a shortage of commonly used medications, including oseltamivir (Tamiflu ®).  Many communities in Washington state may continue to experience shortages in the coming weeks. Assessment: To ensure an adequate supply of antiviral medications for individuals who are at high <strong>Management of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) Shortage</strong>

Follow-Up on Yakima Health District Meeting with Local Providers: Monkeypox

The Yakima Health District held a zoom meeting with local providers about monkeypox on Wednesday, August 24 at 12:00pm. Melissa Sixberry, Director of Disease Control at the Yakima Health District and Dr. Neil Barg, Health Officer presented on the current state of the monkeypox outbreak, how it spreads, symptoms, when providers should test someone for Follow-Up on Yakima Health District Meeting with Local Providers: Monkeypox

Yakima Health District Meeting with Local Providers: Monkeypox, August 24th at 12:00pm

The Yakima Health District will hold a meeting with local providers about monkeypox on Wednesday, August 24 at 12:00pm via zoom. Melissa Sixberry, Director of Disease Control at the Yakima Health District and Dr. Neil Barg, Health Officer will be presenting. The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the current state Yakima Health District Meeting with Local Providers: Monkeypox, August 24th at 12:00pm

Health Advisory: Increase in Syphilis Cases in Yakima County

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Requested Actions Be aware, Yakima County reported a 326% increase in syphilis cases in 2021 compared to 2020. Optimize syphilis surveillance in pregnancy to reduce the risk of congenital syphilis. Test all women in the first trimester or at presentation to care if presenting after the first trimester Test all high-risk women again in the Health Advisory: Increase in Syphilis Cases in Yakima County

Health Advisory: Monkeypox Update

Monkeypox in Yakima County Lab results have confirmed that a Yakima County resident has tested positive for monkeypox. This is the first known case in Yakima County. Yakima Health District staff is working with the individual to identify close contacts and providing them with the JYNNEOS vaccine to prevent further spread. The individual is isolating Health Advisory: Monkeypox Update

COVID-19 Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities

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Requested Actions Be aware, following COVID-19 guidelines for long-term care facilities will help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect residents and staff. All staff and visitors should be screened upon entry to the facility, provided a mask, hand hygiene performed, and information logged. Keep sign-in sheets for at least 30 days. Clean and disinfect COVID-19 Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities

Health Advisory: CDC endorses second booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups

Requested Actions Be aware, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup endorsed Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) emergency use authorization (EUA) of a second booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for specific groups. The EUA allows: A second booster dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least Health Advisory: CDC endorses second booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups

FDA Issued Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer’s Paxlovid

Requested Actions Be aware, the S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, co-packaged for oral use) for treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kilograms or about 88 pounds) FDA Issued Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer’s Paxlovid

Health Advisory: Increase in Syphilis Cases in Yakima County

Requested Actions Be aware, Yakima County reported a 326% increase in syphilis cases in 2021 compared to 2020. Optimize syphilis surveillance in pregnancy to reduce the risk of congenital syphilis. Test all women in the first trimester or at presentation to care if presenting after the first trimester Test all high-risk women again in the Health Advisory: Increase in Syphilis Cases in Yakima County