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New Immunization Requirements for School Aged Children

August 13, 2015

Buncombe County Health and Human Services wants parents in Buncombe County to know that there are new immunization requirements for school aged children in North Carolina.

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Health Alert: Possible heroin mixed with clenbuterol

August 6, 2015

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) is currently investigating 18 cases of illness potentially due to use of heroin mixed with clenbuterol. Reported cases are from four counties (Durham, Lee, Orange, and Wake). The source of the clenbuterol-contaminated heroin is suspected to be in Durham County.

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Health Alert from BCHHS Medical Director—Varicella

June 3, 2015

We have recently seen an increase of varicella cases in schools.  I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone that although the varicella vaccine is almost 100% effective at preventing severe cases of varicella, it is not 100% effective at preventing milder cases.  Please keep Breakthrough Varicella on your list of possible diagnoses in a vaccinated child with a rash illness.

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Public Health Advisory: Increasing Early Syphilis Cases in North Carolina

May 14, 2015

Early syphilis infections in North Carolina continue to rise. Compared to the same time period in 2014, early syphilis cases in the first 3 months of 2015 increased by 56%.

Due to this substantial increase in early syphilis infections, we are asking all medical providers to enhance sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention services to your patients.  New syphilis infections are primarily occurring among men, especially men who have sex with men (MSM) and HIV-positive individuals. Enhancing STI prevention services to these patients may efficiently address the rise in early syphilis infections and improve the health of our fellow North Carolinians.

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Ice Cream Recall Issued by Blue Bell due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination”

April 27, 2015

On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, voluntarily expanded its recall to include all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Suggested framework for medical management of persons at elevated risk for invasive listeriosis who are exposed to Listeria monocytogenes

April 27, 2015

Outbreak investigations or routine monitoring of food production and processing facilities may lead to identification and recall of a food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In these situations, persons at elevated risk for invasive listeriosis may seek medical care because of concern that they have been exposed to to L. monocytogenes.

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Immunizations Work! The Invisible Threat Movie Screening in Buncombe County

April 13, 2015

Buncombe County has an alarming number of children who are not getting immunized based on a religious exemption. This means that parents can refuse immunizations for their children based on a non-medical reason. Buncombe County’s exemption rate is almost 5 times higher than the state average and has been climbing steadily for many years.

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Public Health Alert: April has been Designated "Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month"

April 6, 2015

Please see the attached memos for important information about Vector-borne illnesses from NC DHHS. April has been designated “Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month”.

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Health Advisory - Ocular Syphilis Infections

March 23, 2015

Since December 2014, clusters of ocular syphilis cases have been reported in King County, Washington and several Counties in California. Several of these cases have resulted in severe illness including permanent decline in visual acuity and blindness.

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Help Spread the Word to Patients About Changes to BC HHS During Construction

March 19, 2015

Construction at 40 Coxe Ave and Move of Health Services

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Key Points - 40 Coxe Avenue Construction and Health Department Services Temporarily Move to 53 S. French Broad

March 19, 2015

Buncombe County will begin construction of an addition to the 40 Coxe Avenue location on April 1. During construction, some Health Department Services will be moving to a temporary location at 53 S. French Broad Avenue.

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Unusual Flu Presentation

March 13, 2015

From the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health

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Construction at 40 Coxe and Temporary Move of Some Health Services

March 13, 2015

Health alert from the Buncombe County Department of Health

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Alert from BCDH: Influenza Update & Guidance for Providers

January 5, 2015

Influenza activity has increased over the last month and is widespread in NC and locally.  As of December 27, 2014, the total # of flu-associated deaths reported in NC so far this season is 17.

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Alert from BCDH: Pertussis Update & Letters to Parents of Local Childcare

November 26, 2014

It became apparent that the volume of children who may have been recently exposed to someone sick with pertussis was very large and that it likely would be very difficult for our staff to contact all of the involved families by phone prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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