Zika Virus Outbreak Update #5

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on August 22, regarding a new area of local transmission in Florida.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • The Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Zika is spreading locally by mosquitos in two areas of Miami-Dade County, Florida (the Wynwood neighborhood and Miami Beach). Please review the attached CDC HAN for updated guidance.

Improving Flu Vaccination Rates in Pregnancy

August 22, 2016

The New Hampshire Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (NH PRAMS) has completed its first topic brief, based on 2013 flu vaccination data.

This brief is targeted specifically toward healthcare providers. Pregnant women who were offered the flu vaccine or had it recommended to them were more than 2.5 times more likely to receive the vaccine than those whose healthcare providers did not mention flu vaccination.

67% Increase of Gonorrhea Case Reports in NH

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on August 19, regarding a 67% increase of gonorrhea case reports in New Hampshire.

Zika Virus Update #4

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on August 2, regarding the updated Zika testing algorithm for pregnant women, updated guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika, and local transmission of Zika in Florida. 

Key Points and Recommendations:

Sept. 7: Public Hearing on Proposed Opioid Rules Changes

August 2, 2016

The public hearing on the proposed opioid rules changes, originally scheduled for Aug. 12, has been postponed to September 7, 2016 at 8:30 am at the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, 121 S. Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Public comments will be accepted until the end of the public hearing, so if you cannot attend please send comments/concerns to janet.monahan@nhms.org.

Increased Number of Acute Flaccid Myelitis Nationally

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on July 29, regarding Acute Flaccid Myelitis cases.

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Transform the Healthcare System to Increase Joy in Medicine

Harris Berman, MD, (Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine) and Steven Adelman, MD, will be presenting on the topic of “Transform the Healthcare System to Increase Joy in Medicine !at ICPH 2016 in September.

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Associated with Ground Beef

Beef cowThe NH DHHS issued a health alert on July 27, regarding E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of locally sourced New Hampshire ground beef.

Read the full DHHS Health Alert

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