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Other Infectious Diseases

Have You Heard? Facts From The Field  is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.

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September 20, 2016

  • The Puerto Rico Department of Health is working with WIC clinics to provide pregnant women with
    • Zika prevention counseling and education
    • Vector control services, such as spraying insecticide and installing screens in their homes
    • Zika prevention kits that include insect repellent, bed nets, condoms, and larvicides
  • Florida’s health and education departments have partnered to protect students from Zika by
    • Providing guidance and resources for public schools and state universities
    • Requiring schools to have procedures in place to quickly deal with suspected cases
    • Giving out insect repellent
    • Linking schools with local health departments so that clinic staff can be trained in preventing and identifying Zika
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services has a dedicated Zika website that outlines its Preparedness and Response Plan and has information for residents, pregnant women, and healthcare professionals.

July 16, 2015

  • California’s school vaccination law now bans personal and religious exemptions for school-required vaccines—only medical exemptions will be permitted.
  • Hawaii recently passed historic legislation making it the first state to prohibit the sale, purchase, possession, or consumption of cigarettes, other tobacco products, and e-cigarettes to anyone under age 21.

February 25, 2015

  • California and 6 other states are experiencing an outbreak of measles linked to a Disney theme park that started in December 2014; at least 125 people are considered part of this outbreak.
  • US residents can be exposed to measles in the United States at venues with large numbers of international visitors, such as tourist attractions and airports.

May 5, 2014

August 28, 2013