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Items in the Preparedness category will cover everything from Emergency Medical Services to vaccination programs. This division at ADHS tracks contagious disease, coordinates emergency preparedness activity, licenses EMTs and Paramedics, regulates ambulance companies, authorizes special hospital designations like cardiac care center and Level IV trauma center, issues birth and death certificates, and tracks critical health data through various sources including hospital discharge information.

Healthy Kids AZ: A Free App for School Nurses and Childcare Staff

By | August 23rd, 2017|Preparedness|

Last year, our Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control launched its first mobile app for infectious diseases, the AZ infectious Disease Resource (IDAZ). We’re thrilled to announce that our mobile app team has partnered up with the Office of Injury Prevention to develop the second public health focused app, Healthy Kids AZ!   Healthy Kids AZ is a mobile app that [...]

Fungal Disease Awareness Week is Here

By | August 16th, 2017|Preparedness|

The first Fungal Disease Awareness Week is taking place from August 14 through 18. This week was organized by the CDC and partners in order to raise awareness about fungal diseases. Although there are many types of fungal diseases that occur in the U.S., there is one that stands out above the rest in Arizona. [...]

Protecting People and Pets against Plague in Arizona

By | August 14th, 2017|Preparedness|

Summertime in Arizona can bring outdoor fun for people and their pets, but also a risk for exposure to diseases, such as plague. Plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, and usually circulates between fleas and wild rodents, including prairie dogs. People and animals can be exposed to plague by handling blood or tissues [...]

Arizona Cancer Programs Secure Increased Funding for the State

By | August 10th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|

The Arizona Cancer Registry and Office of Cancer Prevention and Control received good news last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – their grant application was approved for a total of $3,930,027 per year for the next five years.  This represents a 13.5% increase in funds of $466,909 per year.  The [...]

Improving Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response in Arizona

By | August 4th, 2017|Preparedness|

Last week, we hosted our eighth annual Arizona Infectious Disease Training & Exercise (AZID2017), where about 400 partners from a wide variety of organizations joined together to learn and share about best practices and current infectious disease trends in Arizona and surrounding states. We hosted speakers from local Arizona jurisdictions, other states, CDC, and Universities. [...]

Partners Exercise Response Plans During a Hepatitis A Outbreak Scenario

By | August 3rd, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Food and Waterborne Teams in the Office of Infectious Disease Services led a foodborne outbreak investigation tabletop exercise for almost 110 public health partners last week. Individuals in attendance came from tribal and county health departments, hospitals, state universities, and federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This year’s all-day exercise explored [...]

2017 Healthy Swimming Poster Contest Winners Announced

By | August 2nd, 2017|Preparedness|

The Office of Infectious Disease concluded its 5th annual Healthy Swimming Poster Contest. This year we had 60 healthy swimming posters submitted from kids all across Arizona.  All posters submitted suggested ways to swim healthy and avoid getting a recreational water illness. Examples of these messages include: ·       Never swim when sick, especially with diarrhea [...]

World Health Organization Working Towards of Eliminating Hepatitis

By | July 27th, 2017|Preparedness|

This World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organization continues to build upon its strategy to combat viral hepatitis and achieve the final goal of eliminating hepatitis. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that is often caused by a virus. The three most common viruses that cause viral hepatitis in the U.S. are hepatitis A, [...]

CDC Report Highlights Rare Cases of Paralysis in Maricopa County Children

By | July 25th, 2017|Preparedness|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report this week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) about five Arizona children diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM).  AFM is a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system causing a sudden onset of arm and/or leg weakness and loss of muscle [...]

Tips to Help Your Family to Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

By | July 20th, 2017|Preparedness|

Temperatures in Arizona during the summer soar, and heat-related illnesses are common. Anyone can be susceptible to heat-related illness, but those at greatest risk are children under age four, adults over age 65, homeless people, outdoor workers, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications. Following some simple safety tips [...]