Eugene Livar

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About Eugene Livar

Dr. Eugene Livar is the Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness at the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Eugene has been part of the ADHS team since 2012. He began his public health work at ADHS as an epidemiologist assisting with state efforts covering border health and unexplained deaths. Since then, he has held roles as Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) program manager, Office Chief of Disease Integration and Services, and Bureau Chief of Epidemiology and Disease Control. Eugene has assisted with multiple Health Emergency Operations Center responses during his time at ADHS. In his current role, he leads the division of Public Health Preparedness that encompasses the Bureaus of Epidemiology & Disease Control, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Systems, and State Laboratory Services.

Study: Omicron booster gives significant additional protection against COVID-19

By | November 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study has found that the Omicron booster provided significant additional protection against symptomatic COVID-19 illness in people who had received at least two doses of a previous COVID-19 vaccine.  The CDC notes that COVID-19 spread has increased during the last two winters. And Arizona cases have increased [...]

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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Help reduce antimicrobial resistance

By | November 22nd, 2022|Preparedness|

Improving our understanding of when and how to use antibiotics promotes health, fights the challenge of antimicrobial resistance, and helps ensure that antibiotics will be able to help generations to come.  During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, ADHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are among organizations sharing the message that antibiotics can [...]

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Valley Fever Awareness Week: Reduce your risk, get tested if you have symptoms

By | November 18th, 2022|Preparedness|

With cases of respiratory illness rising in Arizona, it's easy to overlook the possibility that Valley fever might be the reason for a cough, fever, or exhaustion. Caused by a fungus that can be carried by blowing dust, Valley fever is one of the most commonly reported infectious diseases in our state. Anyone who lives [...]

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Arizona cord blood used in life-saving treatments, research

By | November 15th, 2022|Preparedness|

Today, Nov. 15, is World Cord Blood Day, which calls attention to how stem cells that remain in the placenta and umbilical cord after a child is born help doctors treat more than 80 life-threatening diseases.  There have been more than 40,000 cord blood stem cell transplants since a French doctor first used the procedure [...]

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Watch young children for signs of RSV

By | November 4th, 2022|Preparedness|

This time of the year, many adults and children catch the common cold. Sometimes, what looks like a cold can actually be RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Many people recover quickly from RSV in a week or two, but it can be potentially more serious for others such as infants and elderly individuals. Arizona is [...]

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Guard against a potentially deadly amoeba in bodies of fresh water

By | November 3rd, 2022|Preparedness|

As the swim season comes to a close, there is a tragic reminder about the dangers of a potentially deadly amoeba found in lakes, rivers, hot springs, and other bodies with warm water. A boy believed to have been exposed to Naegleria fowleri recently passed after swimming and diving in Kingman Wash on the Arizona [...]

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Respiratory diseases heating up as the weather cools down

By | October 21st, 2022|Preparedness|

The weather may be cooling down, but respiratory diseases are beginning to heat up in Arizona. Common cold-causing viruses such as rhinovirus and enterovirus are circulating at this time throughout the U.S.  The 2022-2023 influenza season recently began Oct. 2, but we’re already seeing a higher rate of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity [...]

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Vaccination can boost your chances of avoiding long COVID

By | October 17th, 2022|Preparedness|

For most people who get COVID-19, isolation, rest, and following a doctor's advice leads back to full health within a few weeks, especially if you were up-to-date on vaccination. If you can't shake fatigue a month or more later, however, chances are you're among the millions of Americans facing long COVID. Also referred to as [...]

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