What is the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology?
CADE is a bureau within the Division of Acute Disease Prevention and Emergency Response and works to protect and preserve the health and safety of Iowans from infectious diseases through disease surveillance; investigation of acute outbreaks; education and consultation to county, local, and private health agencies on infectious diseases; immunization and vaccine guidelines; treatment after animal bites; and vaccines for international travel.
The center also provides consultation to county and local health agencies on diseases requiring public health intervention, collaborates with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by weekly reporting of nationally reportable diseases, and offers health education opportunities through lectures and organizational seminars.
CADE routinely monitors over 45 diseases as well as unusual occurrences of disease (outbreaks).
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These factsheets were designed to promote safe and healthy living environments by providing pet owners and the general public with resources on common diseases transmitted between animals and humans (zoonotic diseases).
Antibiotic resistance happens when microbes (germs) develop ways to survive the use of medicines meant to kill or weaken them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness affects 48 million Americans, causes 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually.
IDPH’s initiative to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) includes supporting science-based actions to decrease these infections to make healthcare safer for all Iowans.
The Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS) enables local public health, hospitals, laboratories, and IDPH to collaborate electronically as they perform disease reporting and surveillance activities across the state.
The Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network (IISN) is comprised of physicians, schools, child care centers, businesses, and long term care facilities who track the occurrence on influenza-like illness.
Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. The rabies virus is usually transmitted through an animal bite.
There are two rabies strains that commonly circulate in Iowa (bat and skunk), and many different species can be infected with these strains. Animals most likely to transmit rabies in the United States include bats, skunks, coyotes, foxes and raccoons.
Public health syndromic surveillance using inpatient and ambulatory clinical care electronic health record (EHR) data is a relatively new practice.
In a joint effort with the University Hygienic Laboratory, the Iowa State University Department of Entomology, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and several local health departments, the Iowa Department of Public Health has instituted a number of programs which have allowed Iowa to monitor West Nile virus activity in sentinel chickens, mosquitoes, horses, and humans.
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With more than one-third of the world's population living in areas at risk for infection, the mosquito-borne dengue virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. For more information on dengue, visit: www.CDC.gov/dengue/
Chikungunya is an illnesses transmitted mosquitoes. The most common symptoms are acute onset of fever and joint pain. Currently, there is no vaccine and travelers to endemic areas are at risk of becoming ill. For more information on Chikungunya virus, visit www.cdc.gov/chikungunya. IDPH can facilitate testing on patients who have been evaluated and meet guidelines.
Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Breaks Record
An outbreak of Ebola is occurring in Western Africa. This is the largest outbreak of Ebola since the deadly virus was identified, and its first appearance in West Africa. Two U.S. citizens working in Liberia are confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus. No Ebola cases have yet been reported in the United States (however ill Americans have been evacuated to the U.S.). For more information about Ebola, visit www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/html
- Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
- General Reports
- Current Annual Report of Iowa Notifiable and Other Diseases
- Past Annual Reports