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Weekly newsletter from the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Current Issue

Friday, EPI Update for November 21, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Thanksgiving food safety tips
  • Weather’s effect on illness
  • Cold weather brings carbon monoxide risks
  • Ebola update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Archive Issues

Friday EPI Upate for November 14, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Ebola update
  • CDC statement on LAIV effectiveness and vaccination of children
  • Norovirus shedding after experimental human infection
  • Iowa acute disease monthly update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for November 7, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Ebola update
  • Preventing cavities from Halloween candy
  • HPV vaccination and cervical cancer
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for October 31, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity low in Iowa, but two strains circulating
  • Winter viruses other than influenza
  • Ebola update
  • The best treat of all
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for October 24, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Norovirus activity in Iowa
  • Ebola update
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October, 17, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza season starts in Iowa
  • Influenza teleconference/webinar October 22 at noon
  • Ebola update
  • Enterovirus update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, October 10, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • New Ebola information, web sites and guidelines
  • Enterovirus D68 update
  • IDPH ABLES (Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance)
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for October 3, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • New Ebola guidance released this week: please review
  • Ebola identification in Texas
  • Acute neurologic illness with focal limb weakness of unknown etiology in children
  • Influenza season surveillance
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for September 26, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

New pneumococcal conjugate vaccine recommendations

Fall pumpkin patch, apple orchard, and petting zoo reminders

New educational materials available

Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, September 19, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Epi working on Ebola returns from Sierra Leone
  • 2013 Iowa Surveillance of Notifiable and Other Diseases Report available
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Supplemental EPI Update #3 for Tuesday, September 16, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Enterovirus D68 (Infection Control and Environmental Cleaning)

Friday, EPI Update for September 12, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • The temperature is dropping and viruses are warming up
  • Flu vaccine update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Supplemental EPI Update #2 for September 9, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

  • Enterovirus D68 Update

Supplemental EPI Update for September 8, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

  • Enterovirus D68 Circulating in Iowa

Friday, EPI Update for September 5, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Imported case of Chikungunya in Iowa
  • Rabies guidance for bat exposures
  • Iowa Influenza Surveillance
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for August 29, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa epidemiologist concludes work in Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak
  • West Nile virus case count update
  • 24/7 phone number needed for rabies test
  • Typhoid fever still common and deadly worldwide
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 22, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update: Iowa epidemiologist assists Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak
  • First Chikungunya case in American Samoa
  • Influenza immunization recommendations
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 15, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

First Chikungunya-positive mosquito confirmed in U.S.

  • Update: Iowa epidemiologist assists Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak
  • West Nile virus counts increase to four
  • Standards for Ebola personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for August 8, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa epidemiologist in Sierra Leone helping stop Ebola
  • Fist bump curbs spreading germs
  • Laboratory procedures when Ebola is suspected
  • Get the latest IDPH information
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 1, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Cyclospora cycles back to Texas
  • Ebola outbreak in West Africa breaks record
  • Mosquito-borne viruses bite early
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 25, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Nationwide voluntary recall of fruits: possible Listeria monocytogenes
  • Laboratory exposure to Francisella tularensis
  • Hand sores and history of sheep/goat exposure? Think Orf virus.
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update July 18, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Dengue Fever and Chikungunya
  • Proper specimen submission for animal rabies samples
  • RAGBRAI riders reminded to stay hydrated
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update, July 11, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • First West Nile virus case of the season reported
  • Reminder of updated rabies materials
  • CDC resources for using antibiotics wisely
  • Cyclosporiasis outreach to clinicians
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update, June 27, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza Summer Season Surveillance needs you!
  • Are your patients traveling internationally this summer?
  • Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 20, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Chikungunya cases increase in U.S. travelers
  • Flooding and health concerns
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 13, 20  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa’s beach water monitoring program
  • Newborn screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • Dr. Aldous to head SHL’s Disease Control Division
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Mobile App
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 6, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Polio booster vaccine requirements for travelers
  • CDC Vital Signs: Preventing Norovirus Outbreaks
  • Measles cases in the United States reach 20-year high
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 30, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Suspect 3rd U.S. MERS case was not infected
  • Surveillance for microcystin toxin exposure
  • Do you have patients who work with stone countertops?
  • IDPH joins World No Tobacco Day observation
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 23, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Memorial Day weekend kicks off outdoor adventures
  • Diarrheal Illnesses and recreational water
  • Fifth disease
  • Measles virus used to treat cancer
  • Influenza surveillance report update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update May 16, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • CADE is available 24/7/365
  • Second case of MERS-CoV confirmed in the United States
  • Measles cases in the U.S. increasing vs. recent years
  • Staying safe and healthy in the water
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update May 9, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update on MERS-CoV in the United States
  • Human metapneumovirus outbreak in long term care facility
  • Importance of hand hygiene in reducing antibiotic resistance threats
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update May 2, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • First Case of MERS-CoV confirmed in the United States
  • 20 Years of Vaccines for Children
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 25, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Medical Preparedness for Anhydrous Ammonia Exposures
  • Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Cotham Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Bearded Dragons
  • National Infant Immunization Week
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 18, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Tick season has begun
  • April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month
  • Geographic location and mental status effect on dental health
  • New field epidemiologist
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 11, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Mumps outbreak on Ohio State University campus
  • Plague of Justinian
  • Did you know?
  • Consumption of fruits and vegetables may reduce all-cause mortality
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 4, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • IDSS Maintenance Window and Upgrade Instructions
  • Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
  • Global Tobacco Control
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for March 28, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • Heartland Virus Disease
  • Leprosy Case in Iowa
  • National and State HAI Progress Report
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for March 21, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • 2014 Cancer in Iowa Report released
  • Recent increase in VISA isolates sent to SHL
  • MERS vs. SARS
  • Norovirus outbreaks: Stay home when ill
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for March 14, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

  • NYC measles outbreak: Reminder that measles is serious
  • Mumps at Ohio State University
  • Health resources for international travelers
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology & Surveillance (ABLES)
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for March 7, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Measles in a border state
  • CDC Vital Signs: Antibiotic Rx in Hospitals: Proceed with Caution
  • Epidemic of epidemics
  • Salmonella and Easter Chicks and Ducklings
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for February 28, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza update
  • Flu vaccine efficacy
  • California paralysis cases
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for February 21, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Norovirus prevention
  • HPV vaccination support
  • Antioxidant flavonoid therapy
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update February 14, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity update
  • Fatal case of hantavirus reported in Iowa
  • Influenza vaccination success
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for February 7, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • HIV testing update
  • 2014 Immunization Schedules
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for Friday, January 31, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Chikungunya transmission spreads in western hemisphere
  • Flu activity update
  • New CDC Web site for preventing infections in long-term care facilities
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update January 24, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Laboratory-acquired Brucellosis after high risk exposure
  • CDC’s 2013 Prevention Status Reports released
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for January 17, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza deaths reported in Iowa
  • Human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1)
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for January 10, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Atypical hand, foot and mouth disease identified in Iowa
  • Global effect of smoking
  • SBIRT program addresses substance abuse
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for January 3, 2014  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • CADE’s 10 Top Diseases of 2013

EPI Update for Friday, December 20, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity increasing in Iowa
  • The 'gift' that keeps on giving: Norovirus
  • Influenza vaccine safety
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for Friday, December 13, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza activity update
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week
  • Chikungunya virus in the western hemisphere
  • Very high blood lead levels among adults - U.S. 2002-2011
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 6, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Shigella activity continues in Woodbury County
  • Meningococcal disease at Princeton University and the University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 22, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Last chance! Epi Update reader survey
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Give thanks, NOT diarrhea this holiday
  • Facts about antibiotic resistance
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 15, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Please help! Epi Update reader survey
  • More influenza vaccine administered than this time last year
  • Polio outbreak response prompts coordinated vaccination campaign in Middle East
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 8, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Three strains of influenza identified in Iowa
  • Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2013 now available
  • Updated edition of Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for November 1, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Shigella in Woodbury County
  • Update on national Cyclospora outbreak
  • Treatment of diarrheal diseases
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update October 25, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Unpasteurized apple cider can be a health risk
  • Overprescribing rates remain high for pharyngitis, bronchitis
  • IDPH doubles nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) offer
  • Severe acute illness in a toddler exposed to multiple pesticides
  • Soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers?
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for October 18, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Get your shots before you pack
  • Fall harvest respiratory concerns
  • Measles from yesterday to present
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for October 11, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile update
  • Flu is now circulating in Iowa
  • Acute hepatitis and liver failure after dietary supplement use
  • Facts about breast cancer in Iowa
  • Fall outings to pumpkin patches and apple orchards
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for October 4, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Increase in syphilis cases continues
  • HIV and AIDS Administrative Code update
  • Outbreaks of Cryptosporidium (from summer to fall activities)
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update September 27, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Time to start thinking flu!
  • Get your flu vaccination now
  • Cryptosporidiosis case count continues to rise
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update September 20, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Change in pertussis prevention recommendation
  • Antibiotic resistance threats in the U.S.
  • Iowa influenza surveillance
  • Hazard update - single load laundry detergent packets
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for September 13, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Launch of a new public health tracking tool
  • West Nile virus update
  • New IDSS coordinator - Ngoc Tran
  • Iowa Acute Disease Monthly Update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for September 6, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa’s annual notifiable disease report
  • TB skin test antigens shortage update
  • 2012-2013 influenza season summary report
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update August 30, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Non-cholera Vibrio infections
  • It’s hot out there - sport fans take extra precautions
  • Too sick for school?
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update Friday, August 23, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • West Nile virus activity continues in Iowa
  • New rabies web site
  • Cyclospora testing update
  • Updated educational materials available
  • Foodborne illness reporting study
  • Introducing Samir Koirala
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 16, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Nationwide recall: Cedar Park (Texas) compounding pharmacy
  • The tapeworm diet
  • Adult blood lead guidelines
  • And the award goes to…
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 9, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Updated Cyclospora testing criteria- Please use from now on
  • Update on Cryptosporidiosis
  • School begins soon
  • Influenza-like illness (ILI) surveillance
  • Acute disease monthly summary
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, August 2, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa Cyclospora outbreak investigation update
  • Increase in Cryptosporidium cases in Iowa
  • IDPH publishes MMWR article
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update ALERT #3 - July 31st, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Iowa Cyclospora Outbreak Investigation Update

EPI Update for Friday, July 26, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Iowa Salmonella Enteritidis cases increasing
  • Cylospora reports are decreasing but Cryptosporidium reports are on the rise in Central Iowa
  • Updated recommendations for use of VariZIG
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 19, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Cyclospora outbreak investigation continues and who to test
  • West Nile virus update
  • RAGBRAI XLI study
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, July 12, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Update on the Cyclospora outbreak in Iowa
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) update
  • Updated Yellow Fever vaccine stamp policy
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Epi Update Alert # 2 - Monday, July 8, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

ALERT #2 - EPI Update, July 8, 2013 - ALERT #2

EPI Update Alert # 1 - Wednesday, July 3, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Possible outbreak of Cyclospora; test patients with consistent symptoms

EPI Update for Friday, June 28, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Cyclospora in Iowa
  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Influenza H7N9 information cards for ill travelers
  • Update on recent infant botulism cases
  • Fourth of July picnics and the possibility of foodborne illness
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday June 21, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Health advisory related to synthetic opioids
  • 2012-2013 influenza activity
  • Infant botulism investigation
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 14, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
  • Doxycycline shortage
  • CDC releases new H7N9 testing recommendations
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, June 7, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Report immediately!
  • Hepatitis A related to frozen fruit product
  • West Nile virus surveillance begins
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 31, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Increase in cases of Shigellosis
  • Flooding and health concerns
  • John Snow’s contributions
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 24, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Effective tick repellents
  • Norovirus testing available
  • Influenza surveillance report published monthly over the summer
  • An updated obituary
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for May 17, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Novel coronavirus update
  • Proper specimen storage for rabies samples
  • National recreational water illness and injury prevention
  • Microcystin poisoning continues designation as a reportable disease
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for May 10, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Discontinuing of virus culture at SHL
  • Consider using azithromycin to treat chlamydia
  • Hepatitis C testing guidance for clinicians and laboratorians updated to emphasize RNA testing
  • Tick season has arrived
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, May 3, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza H7N9 update
  • Iowans: aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activities
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 26, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • CADE activity update
  • Ingesting and aspirating dry cinnamon by children and adolescents
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 19, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • A possible case of cholera in Iowa
  • Influenza update and B/Victoria
  • For all facilities performing tuberculin skin tests (TST)
  • Flooding and health concerns
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) in Iowa
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 12, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Diagnosing scabies
  • Influenza A (H7N9) in China: update
  • Botulism: a rare but serious condition
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, April 5, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Reminder that VRSA is immediately reportable in Iowa
  • Influenza A (H7N9) in China
  • Trichinosis rare but still occurs
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 29, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • The risk of autism is not increased by ‘too many vaccines too soon’
  • Norovirus: leading cause of children with diarrhea seeking health care
  • Pertussis update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for Friday, March 22, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Agreement allows unused TB medications to be redistributed
  • Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center available 24 hours a day
  • Shingles vaccine use (including for those who have had shingles)
  • Influenza update
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 15, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Winter weather and winter illnesses continue
  • RSV surveillance nationwide and in Iowa
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 8, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Norovirus in long term care and healthcare facilities
  • Norovirus training
  • CDC Vital Signs: Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, March 1, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Updated recommendations on the use of Tdap for pregnant women
  • Influenza activity update
  • New guidelines for the treatment of pediatric middle ear infections
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 22, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza update
  • CDC advisory about Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  • New app for disease detectives
  • Farewell to Dr. Pentella
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February 15, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Updates on Current Issues
  • Send a Health-e-Card to your valentine
  • In Defense of a Valentine’s Day Staple
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, February, 8, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Hedgehogs
  • The Cure for Cholera - Improving Access to Safe Water and Sanitation
  • 50-Year Trends in Smoking-Related Mortality in the United States
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI UPDATE for Friday, February 1, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza update
  • Other respiratory viruses also circulating
  • Norovirus training for Clinicians and Public Health
  • Updated immunization schedules now available
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 25, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza update
  • Iowa’s flu vaccine rankings
  • New immunization handout available
  • OSHA Clinicians webpage resource for healthcare professionals
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update Friday, January 18, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Influenza update
  • Recommendations use of influenza antiviral medications
  • New Tdap School Entry Requirement (7th grade)
  • Disease eradication vs. elimination
  • Watch your step!
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, January 11, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Comparing this flu season to previous seasons
  • Flu vaccine availability in Iowa
  • Flu strains in Iowa are susceptible to antiviral medications
  • Eradication of Dracunculiasis and Polio
  • Binge drinking in females
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for January 4, 2013  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • FDA expands Tamiflu use for young children
  • Pertussis - We are not alone
  • Norovirus in Iowa
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for December 28, 2012  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Are vaccinated people getting influenza?
  • Updated confirmatory influenza test guidance
  • Give the influenza vaccine before children return to school
  • Influenza and other respiratory viruses update
  • Dual influenza type positive case report in Iowa
  • Bats in your Christmas tree?
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 21, 2012  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Tdap in pregnancy (ACIP provisional recommendations)
  • Influenza and other respiratory viruses update
  • Occupational carbon monoxide exposure during winter weather
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday EPI Update for December 14, 2012  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Flu update
  • The “stomach flu” is NOT the flu
  • Carbon monoxide exposure during winter weather
  • Direct secure messaging FREE for six months
  • Influenza vaccine poem from JAMA - Myth Dispelled
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, December 7, 2012  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Increased number of Syphilis cases in Iowa
  • Flu activity has started early and is significantly increasing in Iowa
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

EPI Update for Friday, November 30, 2012  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • H3N2v case identified in Cedar County child
  • Youth in US remain at high risk for HIV
  • One & Only campaign spotlights safe injection practices
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update November 16, 2012  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Please submit suspect VRSA specimens to the State Hygienic Laboratory
  • Report shows substance abuse treatment works
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

Friday, EPI Update for November 9, 2012  Adobe Acrobat File

Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

  • Rapid flu test results should be interpreted with caution
  • Mumps testing available at the State Hygienic Laboratory
  • Recent article on fungal meningitis outbreak
  • Meeting announcements and training opportunities