Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

World Hepatitis Day Brings Awareness to the Disease

The World Health Organization is calling on everyone to "Know hepatitis - Act now" this World Hepatitis Day on July 28. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus. The three most common viruses that cause viral hepatitis in the U.S. are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Hepatitis B and C can [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

2016 Healthy Swimming Poster Contest Winner Announced

Amal, age 17, Maricopa County The Office of Infectious Disease just concluded its fifth annual Healthy Swimming Contest . This year, 50 healthy swimming posters were submitted from Arizona kids ranging in ages from two to 17 years old. All posters submitted suggested ways to swim healthy and avoid getting a recreational water illness with tips that include: [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Download the New AZ Infectious Disease Resource Mobile App Today

Ever wonder about the likely transmission pathway of Zika Virus, or maybe about the symptoms of Brucellosis? Now you can easily look up this information and more in our new mobile app, the AZ Infectious Disease Resource (IDAZ). The official launch of the app coincides with our annual Arizona Infectious Disease Exercise and Training (July 26 through 28) and will [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

EMS Bureau Provides Transparency and Technical Assistance for Ambulance Services

Arizona uses a Certificate of Necessity process to license ambulance services. This process can be challenging for new applicants because it uses terminology and accounting practices that the person responsible for completing the application may not be familiar with. To help overcome that problem, our Bureau of EMS and Trauma System has begun posting important documents on the program’s website, [...]

By | July 25th, 2016|General, Preparedness|0 Comments

Transforming Arizona Government: Preventing Disease Spread

Our agency continues to measure what matters in an effort to improve our services to Arizonans and review these measurements on a routine basis to ensure we’re on track in achieving our mission. One critical component of the work we do here is providing education, recommendations, and guidance to the public, healthcare providers, and public health partners in order to [...]

By | July 22nd, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Disease Detectives at Work: St. Louis encephalitis investigation

Last summer Arizona had an outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis virus, which is similar to West Nile virus. Both are spread most commonly by the bite of an infected mosquito, but other possible routes of infection include organ transplants, blood transfusions, or needle sticks in laboratories. Public health was notified that one person in Arizona diagnosed with St. Louis encephalitis [...]

By | July 21st, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments