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Pertussis Advisory For Health Care Providers

During the month of January 2024, 3 confirmed cases of pertussis have been reported among Ada County residents with an additional 10 residents in contact with those becoming ill.

Consider Mpox in Patients with Rash Illness and Recent Travel to Democratic Republic of the Congo

An mpox outbreak caused by Clade I Monkeypox virus is spreading through sexually associated transmission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mpox Outbreak and Update for Idaho Clinicians

Idaho is experiencing a new mpox (previously known as monkeypox) outbreak. After a year of no reported cases, 5 cases have been reported in the last month and 2 other reports are under investigation, all in Treasure Valley residents.

High Blood Lead Levels in Children Who Ate Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches

States are investigating cases of high blood lead levels (BLLs) in children who ate recalled cinnamon-containing applesauce products that were found to have high levels of lead.

Plague (Yersinia pestis) Confirmed in Ground Squirrels South of Boise; Central District Health Department Asks Providers to be Alert for Cases through June

Plague was confirmed today in a ground squirrel south of Boise. Ground squirrel die- offs have been detected this spring in an area from Boise south to the Snake River and from Kuna east to Mountain Home. No human cases have been detected at this time.

Central District Health Asks Providers to Include Measles in Differential Diagnosis for Patients with Febrile Rash Illness

At this time, there are no reported cases of measles in Idaho; however, there are ongoing measles outbreaks in Washington, New York and Texas. Health care providers should consider measles in patients presenting with a febrile rash illness and clinically compatible symptoms, especially if the patient recently travelled internationally or to areas in the United States experiencing a measles outbreak.

Interim Guidance for Healthcare Providers on 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Health authorities in China continue to investigate an outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections associated with a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China which started in December 2019. There are now growing indications that limited person-to-person spread is happening, it is unclear how easily this virus is transmissible between humans.

Measles Reported in Idaho

A patient with confirmed measles has been reported in an unvaccinated adult resident of southwest Idaho who was exposed during recent international travel.

Idaho Healthcare Providers Encourages to Monitor Supply of Bicillin L-A®; FDA Announces Shortage

Concurrent with elevated rates in syphilis infections in parts of Idaho, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has listed Penicillin G benzathine injectable suspension products (Bicillin L-A®) on their drug shortage webpage, noting limited supply due to increase demand. Penicillin G procaine has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Wildfire Smoke Exposure Poses Threat to At-Risk Patients

Wildfires produce high volumes of smoke each year, leading to unhealthy air quality levels, sometimes hundreds of miles away from the fire. Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning trees, plants, buildings, and other material. Patients who are very near the fire source can have smoke inhalation injury, which is caused by thermal (superheated gases), chemical (e.g., particulate matter and other irritants), and toxic (e.g., carbon monoxide, cyanide) effects of the products of combustion.
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