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Virginia Department of Health

Dr. Levine

State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Ebola Message From The State Health Commissioner

Virginians are understandably concerned about their risk of catching Ebola. My colleagues and I at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) have heard those concerns and are committed to protecting the health of the public. We work every day to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases of all kinds. Our epidemiologists (disease detectives) conduct contact investigations and follow-ups, work with hospitals to ensure they prevent the spread of infection and answer questions, provide discussions with patients and help to make sure that the right lab testing is done. Ebola prevention is based on the principles and approaches that we use every day. There are unique aspects of Ebola, however, that require us to make sure our plans and processes are up-to-date for this new concern.

My team and I at VDH will continue to work tirelessly to do our very best to protect people in Virginia from Ebola. This work will be done through the strong relationships that already exist with our partners to make sure that we are all prepared to respond. In addition, we will continually re-evaluate our plans and procedures as new information arises with this rapidly changing issue. We also want to be sure you have the most accurate and timely information to be able to make good decisions to protect your health. Please submit your questions and ideas for improving our communications and materials here.

Additional guidance is available at the following links:

VDH Closely Monitoring Increased Nationwide Activity of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

boy sneezingA recent report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of two clusters of severe respiratory illness among hospitalized children in Missouri and Illinois where the illness was confirmed to be due to. enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has raised concerns about the potential spread of this virus.

As of October 30, 2014, EV-D68 has been laboratory confirmed in the Southwest, Central, Northern and Eastern Regions of Virginia.

For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001

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Get Your Flu Vaccine!

Influenza is commonly referred to as the “flu”. It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu.

Did you know that everyone needs a flu vaccine—every flu season? The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray. The best way to protect yourself and your child is with the flu vaccine. Get your flu vaccine today!

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Countdown to Virginia Quit Day

Oct. 20 - Nov. 20, 2014



Virginia Quit Day is November 20. Get ready to quit tobacco now by joining the Countdown to Quit. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get daily tips to help you and your loved ones be better prepared for a successful quit. You can also get help quitting by calling the Virginia Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visit www.QuitNow.net/Virginia. Assistance for deaf and hearing-impaired TTY is available at 800-332-8615.

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CDC Health Advisory: Acute Neurological Illness with Limb Weakness of Unknown Cause in Children

  • CDC is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to investigate reports of nine children hospitalized for neurologic illness with limb weakness of unknown cause. As part of the investigation they are working to determine whether this cluster of illness in Colorado may be linked to the large nationwide outbreak of EV-D68.
  • The Virginia Department of Health has received one report from the Northern Region of a child with acute neurological illness of unknown etiology. We are currently investigating the report and working with the health care provider to gather more information.
  • Neurologic illness with limb weakness can result from a variety of infectious and non-infectious causes.  Viral causes of neurologic illness can include enteroviruses (polio and non-polio), adenovirus, and West Nile virus but neurologic illness caused by these agents is very uncommon in the United States.
  • VDH and CDC have interest in characterizing the epidemiology and etiology of such cases. Clinicians should report immediately to your local health department any patient meeting the following case definition:

    Patients ≤ 21 years of age with
    1) Acute onset of focal limb weakness occurring on or after August 1,. 2014;
    AND
    2) An MRI showing a spinal cord lesion largely restricted to gray matter.

  • CDC Health Advisory

Last Updated: 10-30-2014

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