Important Infectious Disease Updates from the New York City and State Departments of Health

October 17, 2018

We would like to draw your attention to several recently released health advisories and resources from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and New York State Department of Health (DOH). All DOH health advisories listed below can be accessed via the Health Commerce System.

NYS DOH Health Advisory: Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – 2018

This advisory provides an update on the ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and preparedness measures to maintain a high level of readiness for EVD and other infectious disease threats. The advisory includes a reminder of current requirements and expectations for hospitals in New York State related to the 2014 Commissioner’s Order and 2015 Update to that order. These include requirements related to staff training on donning and doffing, patient registration procedures, and expectations related to isolation, treatment, testing and reporting.
Issued October 11, 2018

NYS DOH Health Advisory: Enterovirus D68

The New York State DOH recently detected an increase in Enterovirus D68 activity in the State and issued this advisory to give health care providers, health care facilities, and local health departments the most current information on the virus. On October 12, DOH issued a complementary press release regarding the increase in these cases.
Issued October 12, 2018

NYS DOH Health: Measles Exposures in New York State and New Jersey, October 4-11, 2018

This advisory provides information about an international traveler with measles who potentially exposed people in various New York State and New Jersey venues during the time period of October 4-11, 2018. The advisory includes information about these venues, groups at risk, clinical features of measles, and reporting requirements.
Issued October 13, 2018

DOHMH Alert #37: Investigation of a Legionnaire’s Disease Cluster in Lower Washington Heights, Manhattan

This alert describes the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)’s investigation of a cluster of eight confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s disease in the same area of Manhattan that was affected by the disease earlier in the summer. The alert discusses clinical presentation, testing recommendations, and reporting requirements.
Issued October 5, 2018

New Disease Outbreak Resource from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

In August, DOHMH launched a biweekly report on infectious disease outbreaks. For health care providers, the resource details information on infectious disease outbreaks in New York City, anywhere in the US, or around the world that could impact New York City’s patients and institutions. If you would like more information about the resource or want to provide feedback, please contact Joel Ackelsberg at DOHMH’s Bureau of Communicable Disease.

GNYHA will continue to apprise members of infectious disease-related developments and resources.