Alert from 2019-6-20
Action requested: Submit appropriate specimens when mumps suspected
Action requested: Be aware of updated guidance about Zika virus transmission & testing of pregnant women & infants.
Background: Florida Dept. of Health continues to investigate Zika virus transmission in Miami-Dade County and information about areas of Zika transmission is rapidly evolving. A new area of active transmission in a 1.5-square-mile section of Miami Beach has been identified in addition to the previously reported area of active transmission in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html). It is possible that other neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County have active Zika virus transmission that is not yet apparent, but other areas with active Zika virus transmission are likely to emerge.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidance for evaluation and management of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection. See resources below for more details.
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Most physicians already see charity patients. However, since there is no system for providing support services for these patients, the physician often feels frustrated and the process is often inefficient and ineffective.
The Snohomish County Alliance for Health Access is designed to change that. Patients are screened for appropriate lab work, x-rays, and medications before the patient is scheduled with a specialty physician.
Referrals are carefully managed to ensure that caring for charity patients is shared fairly throughout the community. Physicians are recognized for their contribution, and most of them choose to continue year after year.