Public Health alert from BCHHS: Increase in reports of varicella (Chickenpox) Illness

May 3, 2016

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NCMB Program to Address Opioid Crisis

April 28, 2016

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BCDH Health Update: Zika Virus

March 30, 2016

Of note, there have been updates regarding who should be tested or considered for testing for Zika (see below), based on data that suggest that sexual transmission is more common than previously reported, as well as evidence that travel limited to elevations higher than 2,000 m (6,562 ft) above sea level posed minimal (approximately 1%) likelihood for mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, even within countries reporting active transmission.

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Alert from Buncombe County HHS: Mumps outbreak near Charlotte

March 7, 2016

The North Carolina Division of Public Health is working with local health departments to investigate and control an outbreak of mumps in the Charlotte region. This memo is intended to summarize information regarding mumps diagnosis, management and prevention and to encourage clinicians to promptly report suspected mumps cases.

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BCDH Health Alert: Influenza Activity Increasing in WNC

March 4, 2016

Influenza activity increased in NC during the last half of February. Flu is now widespread across the state.

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BCDH Alert: Health Assessment Transmittal Form

February 24, 2016

Effective for school year 2016-2017, all children entering North Carolina public schools (includes Charter Schools) must present a Health Assessment Transmittal Form within 30 calendar days of the child’s first day of attendance. 

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BCDH Health Update: Zika Virus

February 10, 2016

The NC Division of Public Health just today sent out guidance pertaining to Zika virus diagnosis, management and reporting. 

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BCDH Health Alert: Severe Influenza Illness Reported in US

February 1, 2016

Please see the health advisory regarding severe respiratory illnesses reported to CDC among young to middle-aged adults with influenza A/H1N1 infections. 

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BCDH Health Alert: Zika Virus

January 27, 2016

The CDC has released interim guidelines for health care providers in the US caring for patients, including pregnant women and their infants, who may be affected by Zika virus.

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Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program

November 13, 2015

Offering breast & cervical exams, pap smears, mammograms, blood pressure & cholesterol screenings, health cousneling & education.

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Alert from BCDH: Acute Flaccid Myelitis

October 26, 2015

Please see this memo from the NC Division of Public Health re: identification, management and reporting of cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).

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Flu Season is Here

September 23, 2015

Do your part to keep our community’s protective shield strong! Get a Flu Shot!

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Alert from BCDH: Pertussis Outbreak

September 11, 2015

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Alert from BCDH: NCIR and Required Polio Vaccine for Kindergartners

September 10, 2015

It has come to our attention at Buncombe County Health and Human Services that the NC Immunization Registry (NCIR) is not reflecting the new polio immunization requirement for Kindergartners. 

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Health Alert from Buncombe County HHS: Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza info

September 2, 2015

HPAI viruses were first identified in birds in the US in December 2014 and have infected wild birds and poultry in multiple states since that time. No human infections with these viruses have been detected in the US, although similar avian influenza viruses have infected people in other countries. 

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