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This page is a resource for providers to access information about diseases, guidelines, treatment, programs, and health alerts and updates. For more information, or to have additional resources listed, please contact kwieghmink@miottawa.org.

Disease & Health Information

Alphabetical List of Diseases
Bed Bugs Manual
Free Healthy MI Materials
Head Lice Manual
Lead Poisoning Information
Rabies Assessment: When a Person Has Been Exposed
Rabies Information (MDHHS)
Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis
Scabies Manual
Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program (Ottawa County)
U.S. Domestic Medical Examination for Newly Arriving Refugees - Guidelines

Disease Reporting

Ottawa County Online Disease Reporting
Ottawa County Communicable Disease Reports
Guide to Disease Reporting in Michigan
List of Reportable Diseases in Michigan
Physician Reportable Disease Form

Immunizations

AdultVaxView for Healthcare Professionals
Alliance for Immunization in Michigan Toolkit
CDC National Immunization Program
Immunization Action Coalition
Immunization Education In-Service Dates
Instructions for the Use of Vaccine Information Statements - Required Use
MDHHS Immunization Program
Michigan Care Improvement Registry
Michigan Care Improvement Registry – Region 2
Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers
Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program

Sexual Health

Expedited Partner Therapy Guidance for Health Care Providers
Legal Status of Expedited Partner Therapy in Michigan
Michigan HIV Consultation Program
Pap Screening Guidelines
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV
Providing Quality Family Planning Services
STD Treatment Guidelines
US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010

Updates & Health Alerts from the Medical Director

October 30, 2018 - With the announcement yesterday of elevated PFAS levels in the drinking water at Robinson Elementary School you may receive (or may have already received) questions from your patients concerning the health effect of PFAS. The State of Michigan has put together an excellent resource on PFAS which can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse. Read More

October 26, 2018 - The Ottawa County Department of Public Health received notification this week from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) of a suspected case of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in an Ottawa County resident. Although MDHHS has forwarded this case to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for further investigation, it may be several weeks before it can be determined whether or not this diagnosis is confirmed.
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September 14, 2018 - Hepatitis A exposure at the Michigan Renaissance Festival
The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) issued a health advisory about an attendee of the Michigan Renaissance Festival (Holly, Michigan) who has a confirmed case of hepatitis A and was ill while attending the festival on September 1. The OCHD strongly recommends those who attended and worked at the festival on September 1, September 2 and September 3 be vaccinated within 14 days.
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August 23, 2018 - Recently, there has been an increase in the number of Legionella cases in Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon Counties, as well as in Region 6 overall. An increase in cases has also been noted statewide. Although no common source for these infections has been identified, the increase is being closely monitored by state and local public health officials. If you suspect a possible case of Legionella please obtain the Legionella urinary antigen test, as well as lower respiratory specimens for culture on Legionella specific media to enable the detection of all Legionella serogroups.
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August 22, 2018 - Medical Providers are asked to have an increased awareness when treating patients presenting with influenza-like illness with travel history to Grand Rapids during the week of August 12, 2018, and to collect nasopharyngeal swabs for submission to the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories (BOL). Read More

August 14, 2018 - Cases and outbreaks of chickenpox continue to occur in Michigan. Since the diagnosis of chickenpox has significant implications for both the individual and those in contact with them, public health authorities are requesting that health care providers obtain laboratory confirmation of all clinically diagnosed chickenpox cases. To limit the spread of the disease within schools, day care centers and other similar settings, all diagnosed cases are currently excluded from group settings until they are no longer contagious and all unimmunized contacts may be excluded from group settings for 21 days after exposure. Read More

May 25, 2018 - CDC Health Advisory concerning potentially fatal coagulopathies resulting from synthetic cannabinoids. There have been no cases reported to date in Michigan but please be aware of this possibility in your clinical practice. Read More

November 6, 2017 - The OCDPH received communication last week from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services concerning the hepatitis A outbreak in Michigan. This outbreak is part of a multistate outbreak which has included cases in California, Oregon and Utah. Read More

September 7, 2017 - As a follow-up to the Pertussis Health Alert we sent you last week, we are forwarding guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) concerning the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of this disease. Read More

August 31, 2017 - So far this year the number of cases of pertussis in Ottawa County has more than tripled compared to the number of cases reported all of last year. To help reduce the incidence of this disease, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health requests your assistance in the follow ways: Read More

April 11, 2017 - The Ottawa County Department of Public Health is offering Elevated Blood Lead Nursing Case Management (EBL NCM) for children who have a venous blood lead level of ≥5 μg/dL. The goal of these services is to reduce a child’s lead level below 5 μg/dL. EBL NCM encompasses a range of activities designed to educate families about the dangers of elevated blood lead levels and connect them to supportive services. Read More

December 8, 2016 - Cases and outbreaks of chickenpox continue to occur in Michigan. Since the diagnosis of chickenpox has significant implications for both the individual and those in contact with them, public health authorities are requesting that healthcare providers obtain laboratory confirmation of all clinically diagnosed chickenpox cases. To limit the spread of disease within schools, day care centers and other similar settings, all diagnosed cases are currently excluded from group settings until they are no longer contagious and all unimmunized contacts may be excluded from group settings for 21 days after exposure. Since there are other diseases that closely resemble chickenpox, it is important that a diagnosis of chickenpox be confirmed so that individuals are not improperly excluded from school or work. Read More

August 3, 2016 - A swine at the Muskegon County Fair has been diagnosed with swine flu. At least one individual associated with the fair became ill with influenza-like symptoms. Although there were nine exhibitors from Ottawa County that had swine at the fair, we have not received any reports of illness in Ottawa County residents related to this event. Read More

June 23, 2016 - CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. Read More

May 19, 2016 - The MDHHS recently reported a 57% increase in the number of chickenpox (varicella) cases in the State of Michigan.  To better evaluate this increase, MDHHS is requesting that, whenever possible, clinicians confirm suspected cases by laboratory means. Read More

April 18, 2016 - New information is coming out almost daily on the Zika virus. To stay informed on this serious disease outbreak you are encouraged to check the CDC website frequently at www.cdc.gov/zika. Read More

January 21, 2016 - CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Report (MMWR) "Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak- United States 2016. www.cdc.gov/zika
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