Epi Update

Weekly newsletter from the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). To start receiving the Epi Update, please call Shawnice Cameron at 1-800-362-2736.

Current Issue

Epi Update for Friday, January 13, 2023  

Items for this week’s Epi Update include

  • Ebola outbreak in Uganda declared over
  • Recommendation for opt-out syphilis testing in northwest Iowa prompted by rapid increases in diagnoses

    Archive Issues

    Epi Update for Friday, January 6, 2023  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Mpox testing remains available at SHL, no Iowa HHS approval required
    • Reminder: Submit positive influenza specimens to SHL throughout the season
    • CDC: Increase in pediatric invasive group A streptococcal infections
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Thursday, December 22, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Meningococcal disease cases identified in Iowa
    • Updated guidelines regarding COVID-19 therapeutics for treatment and prevention
    • Holiday leftover food safety, CDC video
    • Infographic: Cook meat and eggs to safe internal temperatures

    Epi Update for Friday, December 16, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Guidance for prioritizing influenza antiviral use when oseltamivir availability is limited
    • Seasonal disease activity remains high statewide
    • Bats and rabies
    • Infographic: Feeling sick?

    Epi Update for Friday, December 9, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • December 5: Dr. Ann Garvey Appreciation Day
    • Mpox testing no longer requires Iowa HHS approval, call center closing
    • Neisseria meningitidis reporting reminder
    • Bordetella parapertussis
    • Child products recalled due to lead hazards
    • In the news: FDA approves first fecal microbiota product
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, November 18, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Early and increased respiratory virus activity, especially among youth
    • Everyday disease prevention
    • Be Antibiotics Aware: Protect your patient
    • Monitoring, maintaining dental waterlines to prevent infections – SHL can help!
    • Measles: Cases in the U.S., stay vigilant
    • Cooking for large groups

    Special Edition: Epi Update for Friday, November 4, 2022  

    Special Edition: In Memory of Dr. Ann Garvey

    Epi Update for Friday, October 21, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Screening patients for Ebola virus disease (EVD)
    • Recent reports of RSV, parainfluenza in Iowa and clarification regarding B. Parapertussis
    • Infographic: Think Ebola: Early recognition is critical for infection control
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, October 14, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Monkeypox update
    • In the news: Flu off to an early start as CDC warns about potentially severe season
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, October 7, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Central Uganda
    • Resources and requests for the 2022-23 influenza season
    • Protecting everyone entering a health care facility
    • Infographic: Iowa influenza surveillance webinar for the 2022-23 season

    Epi Update for Friday, September 30, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Monkeypox update
    • Updated COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidance for health care settings

    Epi Update for Friday, September 23, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Monkeypox update
    • West Nile virus activity increasing
    • Blood lead collection tube shortage affecting lead testing
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, September 16, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Monkeypox update
    • Acute flaccid myelitis and national increase in enteroviruses, including EV-D68
    • Winter is coming: Remember these steps to reduce respiratory illness
    • Infographic: Look out for AFM signs and symptoms

    Epi Update for Friday, September 9, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Enhanced barrier precaution use to prevent Multidrug-Resistant Organism (MDRO) transmission
    • Rabies consultations regarding possible bat exposures increasing
    • Rabies post-exposure rabies prophylaxis – it’s not too late!
    • Infographic: Rabies exposure management for bat-related incidents
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, September 2, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Monkeypox update
    • Influenza vaccine recommendations for 2022-23 season
    • Variant influenza: Identification, treatment, and prevention
    • HHS announces first West Nile case of 2022
    • Infographic: Tips for adequate collection of lesion specimens from suspect monkeypox case
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, August 26, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include

    • Monkeypox update
    • In the news: Monkeypox experts give virus variants new names
    • Infographic: What to do if you suspect monkeypox

    Epi Update for Friday, August 12, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Monkeypox update
    • CDC confirms first human influenza infection from pigs during 2022
    • Free online courses: Bring Home the Blue, Not the Flu! Now available in Spanish!

    Epi Update for Thursday, August 4, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Monkeypox update
    • Parechovirus (PeV) circulating in the United States
    • Impact of COVID-19 on antimicrobial resistance in the U.S.
    • In the news: Bacteria that causes rare disease melioidosis discovered in U.S. environmental samples
    • Infographic: Invest in prevention

    Epi Update for Monday, July 18, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Monkeypox update
    • Know the risks for legionellosis, including warmer temperatures and diluted windshield wiper fluid
    • HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) celebrates 10 years

    Epi Update for Friday, June 24, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Monkeypox update
    • West Nile virus detected in mosquito sample. Avoid mosquito and tick bites!
    • CDC Heat and Health Tracker
    • In the news: CDC investigates 'one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease' in US history among gay and bisexual men in Florida
    • In the news: Poliovirus in London sewage sparks alarm
    • Infographic: Avoid, spot, treat: Heat stroke and heat exhaustion

    Epi Update for Friday, June 17, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Monkeypox update, testing guideline changes
    • Measles cases identified in Minnesota
    • CDC: No recent increase in hepatitis among U.S. children, surveillance ongoing

    Epi Update for Monday, June 13, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Monkeypox update
    • Candida auris: Third case identified in MN, guidance for laboratories
    • Infographic: Social gatherings, safer sex, and monkeypox

    Epi Update for Friday, June 3, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Update on monkeypox in the U.S., guidance for requesting laboratory testing
    • Cyclospora positive stool? Send it to SHL!
    • Infographic: Laboratory process for monkeypox virus
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

     

    Epi Update for Friday, May 20, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Monkeypox case identified in U.S., clusters identified in non-endemic countries
    • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, toolkit
    • Cryptosporidium risks with animal exposure
    • CDC’s BEAM Dashboard provides in-depth foodborne pathogen data
    • Infographic: Make a healthy splash

    Epi Update for Friday, May 13, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Project Firstline infection control survey
    • Infant formula shortage update
    • Updated rabies Pre-exposure (PrEP) vaccine, titer check recommendations
    • May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

    Epi Update for Friday, May 6, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Iowa COVID-19 update
    • Travel, potential health risks, and guidance to stay safe
    • In the news: CDC investigating more than 100 cases of unexplained hepatitis in children, including 5 deaths
    • Infographic: Protect your health – Illness could be just a plane ride away

    Epi Update for Friday, April 29, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Reporting Pediatric Cases of Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology
    • World Hand Hygiene Day
    • Infographic: My 5 moments for hand hygiene

    Epi Update for Friday, April 22, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • CDC Alert: Adenovirus and children with acute hepatitis of unknown etiology
    • Did you know?
    • Infographic: 8 strategies for a healthy spring

    Epi Update for Friday, April 15, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • CDC warning on source of lead in Kajal among resettled Afghan families
    • Florida meningococcal disease outbreak highlights importance of vaccination
    • Infographic: Meningococcal vaccines used in the United States

    Epi Update for Friday, April 8, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Salmonella and Easter chicks
    • Tick removal and testing
    • STD Awareness Week
    • In the news: Fox captured on Capitol Hill after biting 9 people tests positive for rabies
    • Infographic: Prevent tick bites!

    Epi Update for Friday, April 1, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • FDA: Use and store at-home COVID-19 tests properly to avoid potential harm
    • CDC releases quick, easy COVID-19 quarantine and isolation calculator
    • Recent norovirus outbreaks, important prevention tips
    • Infographic: Using your COVID-19 self-test

    Epi Update for Friday, March 25, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • New CDC Legionella resources available
    • Tick-borne encephalitis vaccine recommendations for U.S. travelers approved
    • Infographic: World TB Day

    Epi Update for Friday, March 11, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Influenza and respiratory illness continues to increase in Iowa
    • Stop HIV Iowa opening plenary presentation
    • In the news: Why millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida and California
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, March 4, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Highly pathogenic avian influenza identified in Iowa
    • Rising incidence of Legionnaires’ disease in Iowa and the US, 1992-2018
    • Syphilis surge continues, disparities persist
    • In the news: Global health champion Paul Farmer dies at 62

    Epi Update for Friday, February 18, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Infant formula recall
    • Hepatitis C ECHO: No cost CME Credit and consult with experts
    • In the news: Malawi detects polio, first wild case in Africa in over 5 years

    Epi Update for Friday, February 11, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Upcoming changes to COVID-19 response in Iowa
    • Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in commercial turkey flock in Indiana
    • Identifying Higher-Volume Antibiotic Outpatient Prescribers Using Publicly Available Medicare Part D Data — United States, 2019

    Epi Update for Friday, February 4, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Omicron variant update
    • Hepatitis A IgM testing limitations
    • CDC updates COVID-19 child care guidelines
    • StopHIVIowa launched last week

    Epi Update for Friday, January 28, 2022  

    Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

    • Omicron variant update
    • Overview: SHL sequencing process to identify variants
    • In the news: Past Covid infection protected against delta, but vaccines safest to prevent dire illness, CDC says

    Epi Update for Friday, January 14, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Omicron variant update
    • Mandatory reporting orders renewed: CP-CRE, C. auris, AFM, MIS-C
    • Study: Pregnant women high risk influenza group, vaccination and antivirals key
    • In the news: CDC study shows flu vaccination prevents severe flu illness in U.S. children

    Epi Update for Friday, January 7, 2022  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Omicron variant update
    • CDC clarifies recent isolation, quarantine guidelines, testing options
    • Iowa influenza activity continues to increase
    • Pertussis testing: PCR is best
    • Clarifying COVID-19 CDC FDA PCR test approval, available options

    Epi Update for Friday, December 31, 2021  

    Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

    • CDC shortens recommended COVID-19 isolation and quarantine for the public
    • Updated CDC guidance for health care workers
    • Omicron variants continue to be identified in Iowa

    Epi Update for Friday, December 17, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Omicron variants continue to be identified
    • Know about norovirus: Prevent the spread
    • Syphilis continues to increase in Iowa, more women affected
    • Infographic: Protect yourself from norovirus

    Epi Update for Friday, December 10, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Iowa confirms case of Omicron variant
    • In the news: Coronavirus FAQ: What does it mean if the booster knocks me out? What if it doesn't?
    • Infographic: What’s being done to slow the spread of Omicron variant in the US?
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, December 3, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Omicron identified in multiple states across the US
    • Influenza activity still low but continuing to increase in Iowa
    • COVID-19: Expanded vaccination and MIS-C update
    • World AIDS Day
    • In the news: US Covid vaccinations spike, several states confirm omicron cases
    • In the news: Scientists made a map of the nasty diseases ticks can give you
    • Infographic: HIV – Know the facts

    * Special Supplement * Epi Update for Friday, November 19, 2021  

    *Special Supplement* 

    Epi Update for Friday, November 19, 2021

    Epi Update for Friday, November 19, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Influenza AH3N2 increasing in Iowa, especially among young adults
    • Dramatic increase in U.S. drug overdose deaths
    • Monkeypox: Ongoing cases in Nigeria, case identified in the U.S.
    • In the news: CDC investigates flu outbreak at University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus
    • Infographic: Medications for opioid overdose, withdrawal, and addiction

     

    Epi Update for Friday, November 12, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Prevent infectious diseases this holiday season
    • Quiz: Holiday meal outbreak
    • In the news: 22 million babies missed measles vaccines during the pandemic. That's a big problem, CDC warns
    • Infographic: Food safety - Turkey

    Epi Update for Friday, November 5, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Iowa’s first influenza death of the 2021-22 season and novel influenza cases
    • National shortage of medication used to treat gonorrhea affecting Iowa
    • CDC’s 2020 HAI Progress Report shows increase in some HAIs compared to 2019

    Epi Update for Friday, October 29, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Melioidosis bacteria found in aromatherapy room spray, products sold in Iowa
    • Congenital syphilis cases accelerating in Iowa
    • 2020 hepatitis C end-of-year report highlights
    • CDC Food Safety Alert: Multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to salami sticks

    SPECIAL EDITION - Epi Update for Monday, October 25, 2021  

    Source implicated in fatal case in Georgia - Multistate outbreak of non-travel associated Burkholderia pseudomallei infections (melioidosis) in four patients.

    Epi Update for Friday, October 22, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Pumpkin patch and apple orchard safety
    • Update on Influenza Surveillance Sites
    • In the news: CDC warns people to throw away onions from Chihuahua, Mexico, after salmonella outbreak
    • Infographic: Scary Food Habits That Can Make You Sick
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, October 15, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • CDC issues update on Magellan LeadCare Test Kit Class I Recall
    • West Nile virus activity update
    • Resources for zoonotic disease prevention
    • In the news: The World Health Organization honors the late Henrietta Lacks for her contributions to scientific research
    • Infographic: COVID-19 3rd Dose vs. Booster

    Epi Update for Friday, October 8, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Update to Iowa’s COVID-19 testing program
    • Iowa COVID-19 vaccination statistics, importance of influenza vaccination
    • To prescribe or not prescribe?

    Epi Update for Friday, October 1, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • CDC urges vaccination for pregnant people
    • Influenza season starts October 3. Help us prevent flu.
    • September 28: World Rabies Day
    • In the news: Illinois man dies after catching rabies from an apparent bat bite while he slept at home
    • Infographic: Protect yourself and your baby from COVID-19. Get vaccinated

    Epi Update for Friday, September 24, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Guidance for caring for individuals recently evacuated from Afghanistan
    • Changes to legionellosis investigations, reminder of preferred diagnostic tests
    • Fungus among us?
    • In the news: CDC statement on ACIP booster recommendations
    • Infographic: How to recognize MIS-C

    Epi Update for Friday, September 17, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Review: FDA approved COVID-19 tests, including at-home and lab based options
    • COVID-19’s impact on healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates
    • Infographic: Clinicians – Care for yourself one small way each day
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, September 3, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Reminder: Positive and negative COVID-19 tests remain reportable in Iowa
    • West Nile virus activity increasing in Iowa
    • 2020 Iowa HIV End-of-Year Report highlights
    • Infographic: HIV In Iowa

    Epi Update for Friday, August 27, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Potential shortage of blood lead test kits following July 2021 recall
    • Continued increases in bacterial STIs
    • New Lyme disease training modules for clinicians
    • Infographic: What’s the difference between a booster dose and an additional dose?

    Epi Update for Friday, August 20, 221  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Consider melioidosis in patients with acute bacterial infection that doesn’t respond to normal antibiotics
    • Peak West Nile virus season is here
    • Rabies specimen submission guidelines
    • CDC: COVID-19 vaccination safe, effective, recommended for pregnant people
    • ACIP Authorizes Additional Vaccine Dose for Certain Immunocompromised Individuals
    • HHS Releases plan for COVID-19 Booster Doses
    • Infographic: Get a COVID-19 vaccine

    Epi Update for Friday, August 6, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Outbreak reporting of diseases not on the reportable disease list
    • Rabies bat consultations increasing
    • Infographic: Rabies exposure management for bat-related incidents
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, July 30, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Increasing inter-seasonal respiratory syncytial virus activity in Iowa
    • Updated STI treatment guidelines released
    • USPSTF Grade A recommendation for PrEP and cost-sharing elimination
    • Pan-resistant Candida auris healthcare clusters identified in the U.S.
    • Infographic: Infographic: AFM – Head, shoulders, knees, and toes

    Epi Update for Friday, July 23, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • At-home testing available via SHL, Test Iowa program
    • Reporting at-home tests not performed at SHL
    • Increases in early syphilis and congenital syphilis in Iowa
    • Reminder: VAERS reporting following COVID-19 vaccination
    • Mental health conditions among public health workers
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, July 9, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Recall of LeadCare(R) lead tests due to risk of falsely low results
    • Reopening buildings safely after prolonged shutdown or reduced operation
    • Rabies resources available from IDPH
    • In the news: Delta is now the dominant coronavirus variant in the U.S.
    • In the news: US death rates are falling for many types of cancer, but not all
    • Infographic: Recommendations for managing human rabies exposure

    Epi Update for Friday, July 2, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Cases of melioidosis identified in nearby states, lab misidentification potential
    • CDC releases COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool for clinicians, individuals
    • Summer food safety tips
    • In the news: China declared officially malaria-free by WHO
    • In the news: 5,000-year-old man was 'oldest plague victim'
    • Infographic: Get ready to grill safely
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, June 25, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Medical, public health groups release statement on myocarditis, COVID-19 vaccination
    • National HIV Testing Day, June 27
    • Cyclospora infections on the rise in Iowa
    • In the news: Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
    • Infographic: HIV - Know your status

    Epi Update for Friday, June 18, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Increase in inter-seasonal respiratory illness
    • Interim guidance for evaluating and caring for patients with Post-COVID conditions
    • Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Countries Classified as High Risk for Dog Rabies
    • In the news: Gardeners, take heed: it’s a ‘tick-y year’
    • In the news: As coronavirus recedes, colds and common viruses are back – especially among children
    • Infographic: Protect your child from RSV
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, June 11, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Shiga toxin-producing E. coli complications, prevention
    • Input requested – Iowa Health Assessment Survey
    • Tick bite prevention
    • In the news: Officials confirm Michigan's first human case of a deadly hantavirus
    • In the news: FDA says to avoid eating cicadas 'if you're allergic to seafood'
    • Infographic: 5 things to do right after visiting animals

    Epi Update for Friday, June 4, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Iowa identifies first variant influenza case of 2020-21 season
    • CDC HIV surveillance reports released, Iowa continues to perform well
    • In the news: China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu
    • In the news: Vampire bats socially distance when they feel sick
    • Infographic: Flu can spread between pigs and people

    Epi Update for Friday, May 28, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • First West Nile virus case of the season
    • Syphilis: epidemiology and treatment
    • Recreational water safety
    • In the news: Subway swabbers find a microbe jungle and thousands of new species
    • In the news: Why deadly ‘Black Fungus’ is ravaging COVID patients in India
    • Infographic: Mosquito bites can make you sick
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities

    Epi Update for Friday, May 21, 2021  

    Items for this week’s Epi Update include:

    • Resuming the Epi Update
    • Ct values and COVID-19 testing
    • Preventing COVID and other common diseases
    • In the news: Don't kiss, snuggle backyard poultry, CDC warns in salmonella alert
    • In the news: In a first, gut microbe genes linked to array of human diseases
    • Infographic: COVID-19 – Prevent the spread

     

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