Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

CDC Releases the 2018 Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) have surged for a fifth consecutive year, reaching an all-time high nationwide. What is most concerning is the rise in syphilis, which has led to multiple stillbirths and many more babies spending their first 10 days of their life hospitalized for syphilis treatment. Last year, Arizona […]

By | October 8th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Help Raise Awareness of Fungal Diseases by Joining our Second Annual AZ Valley Fever Poster Contest

Ja’Maryn H., 2018 winner

Valley fever is one of the most commonly reported infectious diseases in Arizona, with over 7,000 cases reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) this year. Still, most Arizonans do not know the symptoms of this debilitating and potentially deadly fungal […]

By | September 27th, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Update to Arizona Health Improvement Plan Published

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is excited to announce we have published the 2019 Update to the Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP). The purpose of the AzHIP is to describe how ADHS and our community partners are working together to improve the health and wellness […]

By | August 23rd, 2019|General|0 Comments

Tenth Anniversary of Arizona Infectious Disease Training and Exercise

At the end of June, we hosted our 10th annual Arizona Infectious Disease Training and Exercise (AZID 2019), 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 […]

By | August 22nd, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments

Record High West Nile Virus Activity in Arizona

Think it’s too hot for mosquitoes? Think again! Arizona is home to several mosquito species, including the Culex species that can carry West Nile virus and Saint Louis Encephalitis virus. West Nile virus causes symptoms in about 20% of infected people, which can range from fever, headaches, and body aches, to more […]

By | August 21st, 2019|Preparedness|0 Comments