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Kentucky Epidemiological Notes and Reports, April 2009, Volume 44, Issue 2

Welcome to the first issue of the new online Kentucky Epidemiologic Notes and Reports. These Web pages provide the same important and timely articles used in our print edition. Please click through to read the individual articles below or download a printable version of the entire issue from the link in the navigation pane to the left.

Kentucky Asks Health Care Providers to Be Alert for Possible Swine Flu Cases

“We are closely monitoring developments involving swine flu cases in the United States, Mexico and abroad,” said Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “We continue to provide information to health care providers and other stakeholders about this evolving situation, and are preparing for a wider response should that become necessary.”

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National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate achievements of immunization providers in their community.

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State Lab Earns Prestigious Accreditation

College of American Pathologists Honors State Public Health Lab

The State Public Health Laboratory of the Kentucky Department for Public Health recently was accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). CAP accreditation is awarded to only a handful of public health labs.

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Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands and Food Safety

Kentucky Department for Public Health Guidelines for Sampling at Farmers' Markets and Certified Roadside Stands

The Food Safety Branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health works in collaboration with the state Department of Agriculture to help farmers provide safe products for their customers.

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K HELPS: The Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge

Volunteer Health Professionals Program Strengthening State’s Response to Emergencies

In 2005, the Kentucky Department for Public Health established K HELPS, the Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge, a state-based system to register medical professionals and others interested in volunteering during public health emergencies or disasters.

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Hot Tub Folliculitis Outbreak

Education, Proper Maintenance and Regulation Keys to Prevention

This report describes an outbreak investigation at a resort near Lake Cumberland conducted jointly by environmentalists and epidemiologists. It also provides recommendations for preventing future outbreaks.

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DPH Letter to Clinicians from April 29, 2009

Human cases of influenza caused by swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus (S-OIV). have been found now in patients in several states in the US, as well as in Mexico, Austria Canada, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Today, the World Health Organization raised their current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5, the second highest pandemic alert level.

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Surveillance and Specimen Collection for Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is currently enhancing influenza surveillance activities to monitor for the presence of swine flu in Kentucky. Below are the current recommendations for swine flu surveillance and specimen collection in Kentucky. These recommendations are subject to change as new information becomes available.

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Last Updated 6/25/2009
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