ALERTS & ADVISORIES

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Zika Virus – November 8, 2016

Ohio Department of Health Laboratory (ODHL) is now able to perform both Zika virus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and serology immunoglobulin M (IgM). Therefore the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Specimen Submission Form no longer needs to be completed. Instead the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Microbiology Specimen Form and Mosquito-Borne Illness Case Investigation Form must be completed.

Contact the Franklin County & Columbus Infectious Disease Reporting System (IDRS) via phone at 614-525-8888 to report suspected Zika cases and ensure prompt processing of specimens.

More details in the Health Advisory linked below.

Public Health Advisory
- Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(November 8, 2016)
Zika Testing Guidance - (November 4, 2016)

CDC Guidance on Caring for Infants and Children with Possible Zika Virus Infection
CDC Guidance to Prevent Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus
CDC Zika Information for Health Care Providers
CDC General Zika Information

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(October 24, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(August 23, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(August 2, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(July 18, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(June 6, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(May 11, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(May 3, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(April 18, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(March 29, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(March 17, 2016)
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Public Health Advisory – Columbus Public health and Franklin County Public Health
(February 26, 2016)

Public Health Advisory – Columbus Public health and Franklin County Public Health
(February 23, 2016)

Public Health Advisory – Columbus Public health and Franklin County Public Health
(February 12, 2016)

Public Health Advisory – Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(February 11, 2016)

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(January 26, 2016)

Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices - October 13, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising hospitals to notify patients who underwent open-heart (open-chest) surgery involving a Stöckert 3T heater-cooler that the device was potentially contaminated, possibly putting patients at risk for a life threatening infection. New information indicates that these devices, manufactured by LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH), were likely contaminated with the rare bacteria Mycobacterium chimaeraduring manufacturing. Hospitals should advise potentially exposed patients to seek medical care if they are experiencing symptoms such as night sweats, muscle aches, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fever. In addition, hospitals that use or have used this device are strongly encouraged to make and execute a plan to communicate with potentially exposed patients and to increase awareness among healthcare providers.

More details about this advisory can be found at: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00397.asp.

Cryptosporidiosis – August 11, 2016

A community outbreak of cryptosporidiosis is currently under investigation by Columbus Public Health (CPH), Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) and Delaware General Health District (DGHD). 107 cases have been reported during 2016, while the average incidence since 2006 at this time of year is 18 cases. Most cases had exposure at multiple water venues, including pools, water parks and splash pads. Cases have also been reported among child care attendees and providers.

More details in the Health Advisory linked below.

Public Health Advisory - Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health
(August 11, 2016)

Shigellosis Extremely Drug Resistant– January 11, 2016

The first outbreak in Ohio of extremely drug resistant (XDR) shigellosis among men who have sex with men (MSM) is currently under investigation by Columbus Public Health (CPH) and Franklin County Public Health (FCPH). 9 MSM have been diagnosed with shigellosis resistant to ampicillin, ciprofloxacin and trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole. Further susceptibility testing at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that the Shigella sonnei isolates also have decreased susceptibility to azithromycin (DSA). Onset of illness is September 24, 2015 – December 9, 2015.

More details in the Health Advisory linked below.

Shigellosis - Health Advisory

Ebola Screening and Monitoring Ends – January 7, 2016

Dear Central Ohio Area Physicians,

The Ebola response for Columbus and Franklin County is coming to a close. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) declared Guinea free of Ebola virus transmission on December 29, 2015 and no longer recommends screening patients or monitoring travelers. Columbus Public Health (CPH) will complete the 21-day monitoring of our two final travelers on January 15, 2016. Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) has already completed monitoring of its travelers. Since October 2014, 550 travelers have been monitored within Columbus and Franklin County: 476 by CPH and 74 by FCPH.

CPH and FCPH appreciate our partners for their efforts to screen, monitor, transport and provide care as part of our local response.  Our healthcare providers and first responders rose to the challenge to protect our residents. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been one of the most challenging public health emergencies in recent times. Our collective efforts and lessons learned will benefit us in the future.  

More details about the outbreak are available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/