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Developed as a primary method to share information with federal, state, territorial, and local public health practitioners, clinicians, and public health laboratories, CDC's Health Alert Network (HAN) is the primary method to share information on urgent public health incidents. The State of West Virginia has a similar system (WV-HAN) designed to share information on urgent public health incidents specific to West Virginia as well.

 Below you will find information on the latest Health Alerts, both nationally and specific to West Virginia, as they occur. 


CDC MMWR -September 8, 2014 / 63(Early Release);1-2 
Entrovirus D68
(Added 09/09/2014)

On August 19, 2014, CDC was notified by Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, of an increase (relative to the same period in previous years) in patients examined and hospitalized with severe respiratory illness, including some admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit.
 


CDCHAN-00366 - Ebola Response Update #2 
(Added 08/22/2014)

Summary--
Summary: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.
 

CDCHAN-00365 - CDC Ebola Update #1
(Added 08/14/2014)

Summary--
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.
 



CDCHAN-00364 - Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease
(Added 08/8/2014)

Summary--
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). To date, no cases have been reported in the United States. The purpose of this health update is 1) to provide updated guidance to healthcare providers and state and local health departments regarding who should be suspected of having EVD, 2) to clarify which specimens should be obtained and how to submit for diagnostic testing, and 3) to provide hospital infection control guidelines.
 
U.S. hospitals can safely manage a patient with EVD by following recommended isolation and infection control procedures. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, hospital epidemiologists, infection control professionals, and hospital administration, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

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WV-HAN 88 - First Confirmed Case of Chikungunya Virus in West Virginia
(Added 07/17/2014)

Summary--
This alert is to provide an update on Chikungunya virus in West Virginia and the United States. The first imported case of Chikungunya virus has been confirmed in the state. The case traveled to Haiti and became symptomatic upon return to the United States. Over twenty states and/or territories have reported imported cases. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Oceania/Pacific Islands.

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