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Disease Reporting

Find disease reporting form and the Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control.

Acute Flaccid Myelitis

CDC is investigating the increase in AFM in 2016. As of October 2016, 108 people in 36 states were confirmed to have AFM. During this same time period, 3 people were reported to have AFM in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health is asking clinicians to remain vigilant in identifying and reporting suspected cases of AFM in all age groups. Regardless of whether enterovirus testing has been conducted, please report to your local health district upon suspicion any patient meeting the clinical criteria below:

  • An illness with acute onset of focal limb weakness AND
    • a magnetic resonance image (MRI) showing spinal cord lesion largely restricted to gray matter* and spanning one or more spinal segments, OR
    • cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) with pleocytosis (white blood cell count >5 cells/mm3).

For more information please go to: https://www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/index.html

CDC HAN 399 

CDC Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Investigation for Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas

Virginia Medicaid will now cover mosquito repellent for pregnant women and men and women of childbearing age (14-44)

Healthcare-Associated Infections

The resources on these pages are for healthcare providers and consumers of healthcare to understand more about:

  • Common types of HAIs and how they occur
  • Infection prevention strategies such as hand hygiene, isolation precautions, and environmental cleaning
  • What patients can do to lower the risk of an HAI
  • Public reporting of HAI data in Virginia
  • Special considerations for preventing infections in certain settings such as acute care hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or outpatient facilities
  • Available resources from the health department, healthcare facilities, and other state and federal organizations and agencies dedicated to infection prevention and patient safety

Free CME and CE Training Opportunities Available for Health Care Professionals

Free CME and CE courses for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals on public health topics, such as nutrition, child health, prevention and health promotion. Visit the training opportunities page to learn more

Ebola: Information for Health Care Professionals, First Responders and Others

Information on this page pertains to healthcare settings including acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities), physicians’ offices, urgent care centers, and outpatient clinics. The recommendations and guidance may also be applicable to other settings where healthcare is delivered, such as school/work health clinics

Updated Guidance and Best Practices

Emergency Preparedness

Meaningful Use

Request Consultation or Presentation on a Range of Public Health Topics

For individual practices and clinics, annual association meetings and healthcare provider conferences.

Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS)

Join the thousands who have registered with Virginia’s free, web-based computerized medical record system for immunization data that documents all immunizations a person has received from all medical sources into one definitive, accurate record. Click here to learn more about what VIIS has to offer.

 

Contact

Mylam Ly
Clinical Liaison
Office of Risk Communication and Education
(804) 864-7263