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This is an official CDC HEALTH ADVISORY

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) on October 24, 2017, 1:30 PM ET.

Advice for Health Care Providers Treating Patients in or Recently Returned from Hurricane-Affected Areas, Including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with federal, state, territorial, and local agencies and global health partners in response to recent hurricanes. CDC is aware of media reports and anecdotal accounts of various infectious diseases in hurricane-affected areas, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (USVI). Because of compromised drinking water and decreased access to safe water, food, and shelter, the conditions for outbreaks of infectious diseases exist.

The purpose of this HAN advisory is to remind clinicians assessing patients currently in or recently returned from hurricane-affected areas to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, vibriosis, and influenza. Additionally, this Advisory provides guidance to state and territorial health departments on enhanced disease reporting.


Contact the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) with any questions pertaining to this HAN at 727-824-6932. Certain reportable diseases are required to report upon suspicion and others can be reported upon diagnosis. Please be sure to report any reportable diseases, clusters, and outbreaks of illness to DOH-Pinellas by phone at 727-824-6932 or by fax at 727-820-4270.

Kevin Baker, MPH, CPH, CHES

Epidemiology Program Supervisor

Disease Control & Health Protection Division

Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County

205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(O) 727-824-6932 x4633 | (F) 727-820-4270

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