Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog


Kissing Bugs

Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and spread by the kissing bug. This little bug has been in the news a lot lately. Chagas disease is NOT transmitted through the bite of the kissing bug, but actually through the bug’s feces that might be left on a person and then accidentally scratched into their skin or wound. [...]

By |December 1st, 2015|Preparedness|0 Comments

CDC Vital Signs – Hospital Support for Breastfeeding

Hospital support for breastfeeding has improved since 2007, both across the nation and here in Arizona, according to a recent Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In terms of hospitals implementing more than six of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, Arizona has gone from less than one in five in 2007 to almost half [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|Prevention|0 Comments

Vital Records Staff Participate in National Adoption Day

The Maricopa County Superior Court’s National Adoption Day was held at the Durango Juvenile Court Center on Nov. 21. National Adoption Day is an annual event held every year to raise awareness for adoption. Adoptions for hundreds of children are finalized on this special day. This year 295 children were adopted. Our Bureau of Vital Records Birth Registry Team have [...]

By |November 27th, 2015|General|0 Comments

Safer Foods Save Lives: You Can Play a Role

There has been on average 24 multistate outbreaks reported each year since 2010, each involving two to 37 states. In Arizona, just in the last few months, we have helped investigate several notable multistate outbreaks including: Salmonella associated with cucumbers, raw ground tuna and a truffle and mushroom product. Teamwork is crucial to a rapid response to a foodborne outbreak [...]

By |November 26th, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Cooking Tips to Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

Are you planning on cooking up a Thanksgiving feast tomorrow? Whether you are planning on making everything from the turkey to the pumpkin pies or just some side dishes, follow these tips to make sure the food you prepare is safe to serve: Purchase a thermometer and make sure the cooked turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. When taking [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Dengue Fever Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Survey for Providers in Arizona, 2014-2015

Dengue fever may call to mind a disease of the tropics, but dengue can actually occur right here in Arizona. Between 2007 and 2013 Arizona reported only 3—10 cases of dengue annually, all travel-associated. In 2014, 93 cases of dengue were reported, a 14-fold increase in cases among Arizona residents. Arizona has the type of mosquito that carries the disease, [...]

By |November 24th, 2015|General, Preparedness|0 Comments