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Changes in Screening and Monitoring of Travelers Returning from Liberia

By | June 26th, 2015|Preparedness|

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia on May 9, 2015, when 42 days (two incubation periods) passed since the last Ebola patient was buried. However, the WHO recommended that Liberia maintain heightened surveillance for another 90 days (until August 7, 2015). This led to changes, that began [...]

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Ebola Interventions Working

By | February 17th, 2015|Prevention|

There has been tremendous progress in controlling Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa in the last month.  New Ebola cases have fallen sharply in the last few weeks to fewer than 100 per week.   For the week ending January 25, there were 4 new cases in Liberia, 30 in Guinea and 65 in Sierra Leone.  At [...]

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Arizona On Track to Recognize 1st Infectious Disease Treatment Center of Excellence

By | November 7th, 2014|Preparedness|

We just finished the second meeting of the Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.  At the 1st meeting (a couple of weeks ago) we outlined key priorities: 1) identifying an “Infectious Disease Treatment Center of Excellence” that would be proficient at treating emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola; 2) developing a parallel emergency medical [...]

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The Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

By | October 22nd, 2014|Preparedness|

This week the Governor signed an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.  The Council consists of 20 public health, health-care, and other multi-sectorial partners, with the ADHS Director as the Chair.  Our task will be to ensure that Arizona is prepared to rapidly and effectively respond to various infectious [...]

Ebola Toolkits

By | October 20th, 2014|General|

One of the roles we play in any outbreak is making sure that our partners in the state have all the information they need to respond to a situation and be safe in that response. I’ve posted about our continuing education of those partners, but now we’ve created a one-page stop for partner. Our Ebola [...]

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AZ’s Role in the Ebola Response

By | October 2nd, 2014|Preparedness|

This week the CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US.  The person had traveled from Liberia to Dallas.  The patient didn’t have symptoms when he left Liberia, but developed them 5 days after arriving in Dallas on September 20 - meaning that folks on the plane have no risk of developing Ebola [...]

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Ebola

By | March 31st, 2014|Preparedness|

If you’re like me, your introduction to Ebola virus came in the 1990s with the bestseller nonfiction thriller The Hot Zone and loosely-based film Outbreak.  The descriptions of a deadly hemorrhagic fever that quickly spread through the population were terrifying, as were the life-threatening dangers posed to the intervening infectious disease personnel. The Guinea Ministry [...]

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Detecting Scary Diseases

By | February 25th, 2014|Prevention|

Disease outbreaks can come from anywhere. In Arizona we’ve had illness from contaminated pomegranate seeds from the Middle East, measles from Switzerland, salmonellosis from African dwarf frogs and cholera from Peru. More recently a Canadian traveler died of H5N1 after she returned home from a long trip to China. An exotic disease from another country is only [...]