The Alameda County Public Health Department sends out Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates regarding communicable disease outbreaks, immunization updates, and other public health concerns to Alameda County clinicians and other partners. See recent releases below.

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November 20, 2020

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Updates November 2, 2020 Health Alert

Health Officers for Alameda County and the City of Berkeley are updating their joint Health Officer order mandating that all licensed health care facilities in Alameda County and the City of Berkeley require their health care workers (HCW) to receive an annual influenza vaccination. This Order mandates that health care facilities implement a process for requiring HCW to receive vaccination unless a HCW can produce sufficient documentation to obtain a medical exemption. Unlike in previous years, mask wearing is not an adequate substitution for vaccination under this Order.

Health Officers for Alameda County and the City of Berkeley are clarifying their previous joint order (No. 20-16) mandating that all licensed health care facilities in Alameda County and the City of Berkeley require their health care workers (HCW) to receive an annual influenza vaccination. In accordance with previous years, this updated Order includes an exemption for HCW who opt to not receive influenza vaccination due to religious beliefs.

January 22, 2020

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Novel Corona Virus 2019 – Wuhan Pneumonia Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health update on January 17, 2020 about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov). This CDC HAN Update provides a situational update and guidance that supersedes the January 8, 2020 HAN. It adds guidance for evaluation of patients under investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV, prevention and infection control guidance, including the addition of a recommendation for eye protection, and additional information on specimen collection and testing.

The first confirmed case of 2019-nCoV in the United States is a healthy male in his 30s in Washington State, who arrived at Seattle-Tacoma Airport on January 15, 2020 after traveling to Wuhan.

Local suspect cases should be reported immediately by phone to Public Health. Resources for providers, including travel alert posters and a checklist for clinicians managing patients who may have 2019-nCoV, are available online from the CDC.

Reporting

Alameda County Acute Communicable Disease Control:

  • Weekdays 8:30am–5pm Phone: (510) 267-3250
  • After hours Phone: (925) 422-7595 and ask for the public health duty officer on call.

Berkeley Public Health Division:

  • Weekdays 8am-5pm Phone: (510) 981-5292
  • After hours: Phone: (510) 981-5911 and ask for the Health Officer on call.

For more information, please see the full CDC Heatlh Update and Alameda County Guidance Checklist:

May 20, 2019

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Measles

Current Situation:

The City of Berkeley has 1 confirmed case of measles in a Berkeley adult resident. This individual is no longer contagious. This resident spent time at a few public venues during the infectious period (05/05/19 – 5/13/19), and it is not possible to identify every individual who may have been exposed. One location where there was prolonged exposure was the Berkeley Bowl located on Oregon Street. The resident visited the establishment on May 7th between 3 and 5 pm.

Please see the Full Measles Health Alert for more information and an outline of actions requested of Healthcare Professionals.

Full Measles Health Alert

October 11, 2017

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Unhealthy Air Quality Due to Wildfires

Information is evolving rapidly; please check website resources listed for most current information.

Very unhealthy air quality from the North Bay wildfires continues to cause unprecedented levels of air pollution throughout the Bay Area.  Due to changing wind patterns, air quality could be impacted for many days.  Local air quality will be variable and unpredictable; it may improve at times, or get worse very quickly.

Today's air quality for the majority of Alameda County is within the 100-150 range, which is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Air quality tomorrow, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are expected to worsen and be designated Unhealthy. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.  Residents should protect themselves from the impacts of heavy smoke. If you  see or smell smoke in the immediate area, avoid outdoor activity, including exercise.

Prevention
Bay Area residents impacted by wildfire smoke are advised to:

  • Stay aware of health warnings related to smoke.
  • Close windows and doors.
  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems on re-circulate to avoid drawing in outside air./li>
  • Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure to smoke.
  • Parents and school/day care administrators should check air quality readings before allowing children to engage in outdoor sports and recreational activities while air quality is unhealthy.

Website Resources:

Full Unhealthy Air Quality Health Advisory

April 19, 2016

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Drug Overdose Health Alert: Fentanyl-Contaminated Street Norco ®

Clarification on Reporting to County Public Health

Overdoses due to illicitly obtained drugs that strongly resemble the prescription drug Norco® have been reported in California, including in Sacramento and Contra Costa County. Instead of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, these counterfeit drugs actually contained an undetermined amount of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate analgesic. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Drug Overdose Health Alert on April 8, 2016 entitled "Fentanyl-Contaminated Street Norco®". This alert describes the recent report of 48 overdoses and at least 10 deaths over a 10-day period in Sacramento County that appear to be associated with the consumption of these counterfeit Norco® pills. CDPH is requesting that all health care facilities report suspected and confirmed fentanyl overdoses to local health departments to assess the magnitude and outcomes of this situation in California. This alert provides awareness and actions for all health care providers in Alameda County to take when presented with a suspected or confirmed opioid overdose case at their facility.

September 05, 2012

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Hantavirus Guidance for Physicians with Patients Presenting with Concerns or Symptoms of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

The California Department of Public Health is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Park Service to investigate the outbreak of hantavirus in recent visitors to Yosemite National Park. CDPH issued this more detailed health alert and guidance for physicians that supports and builds on the previous ACPHD health alert.

October 05, 2011

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Healthcare Providers: Mumps Health Alert

Alameda County has 4 confirmed and 3 probable cases of Mumps that are epidemiologically linked. Individuals are at increased risk for mumps if they are unvaccinated. Mumps should be considered in the differential diagnosis even in fully immunized individuals.

May 19, 2010

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Mercury Poisoning Linked to Face Cream

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Health Alert May 19, 2010 notifying persons who may be using unlabeled, nonprescription face creams from Mexico for the purpose of skin lightening, fading freckles and age spots, and preventing acne that these products contain very high levels of mercury, are harmful to your health, and should not be used.

February 23, 2010

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Measles Health Alert

Four cases of measles have been diagnosed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past two weeks. Two cases occurred in two unvaccinated toddlers who traveled to Europe and Asia; one case in an older adult who traveled to Europe; and the fourth case was an unvaccinated adult with no travel history.

July 23, 2009

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Novel H1N1 Flu

July 20, 2009

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Novel H1N1 Flu

August 26, 2008

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Rabies Vaccine Supply Shortage

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has strongly recommended that health care providers, state and local health authorities, and animal control officials take immediate steps to ensure the appropriate use of human rabies vaccine due to a national rabies vaccine shortage.

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