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Eight Arizona counties, including Pima, have high COVID-19 community levels – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

Eight Arizona counties, including Pima, have high COVID-19 community levels Eight Arizona counties, including Pima County, have high COVID-19 community levels in the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means masks are recommended for public indoor settings. The other counties with high COVID-19 community levels are Apache, Cochise, Gila, …

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Pinal County sees season’s first pediatric influenza death – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

Pinal County sees season’s first pediatric influenza death Pinal County recently recorded this season’s first pediatric influenza death in Arizona. This heartbreaking news is a reminder that children younger than 5 who get influenza are among those at increased risk of complications including pneumonia, worsening of chronic conditions, encephalopathy, and sinus and ear infections.  Quite …

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Omicron booster gives significant additional protection against COVID-19 – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

Study: Omicron booster gives significant additional protection against COVID-19 A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study has found that the Omicron booster provided significant additional protection against symptomatic COVID-19 illness in people who had received at least two doses of a previous COVID-19 vaccine.  The CDC notes that COVID-19 spread has increased during …

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Help reduce antimicrobial resistance – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week: Help reduce antimicrobial resistance Improving our understanding of when and how to use antibiotics promotes health, fights the challenge of antimicrobial resistance, and helps ensure that antibiotics will be able to help generations to come.  During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, ADHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are …

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On Public Health Thank You Day, we thank Arizonans – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

Given that today is Public Health Thank You Day in the U.S., you’d expect me to praise our team at ADHS and the many others who promote healthier and stronger communities in Arizona’s counties, cities, towns, and tribal nations. And I will do that – briefly. Amid a global pandemic, the professionals in Arizona’s public …

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Reduce your risk, get tested if you have symptoms – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

With cases of respiratory illness rising in Arizona, it’s easy to overlook the possibility that Valley fever might be the reason for a cough, fever, or exhaustion. Caused by a fungus that can be carried by blowing dust, Valley fever is one of the most commonly reported infectious diseases in our state. Anyone who lives …

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Collecting, analyzing, and visualizing data promotes public health in Arizona – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

Public health data helps ADHS tell the public where disease is occurring and who is most affected. An example is high COVID-19 death rates among seniors compared to other age ranges in Arizona. This helps people make informed personal decisions on how best to conduct their activities.  That’s why I’m pleased to highlight Susan Robinson, …

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Guard against a potentially deadly amoeba in bodies of fresh water – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

Guard against a potentially deadly amoeba in bodies of fresh water As the swim season comes to a close, there is a tragic reminder about the dangers of a potentially deadly amoeba found in lakes, rivers, hot springs, and other bodies with warm water. A boy believed to have been exposed to Naegleria fowleri recently …

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Respiratory diseases heating up as the weather cools down – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

The weather may be cooling down, but respiratory diseases are beginning to heat up in Arizona. Common cold-causing viruses such as rhinovirus and enterovirus are circulating at this time throughout the U.S.  The 2022-2023 influenza season recently began Oct. 2, but we’re already seeing a higher rate of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity …

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Vaccination can boost your chances of avoiding long COVID – AZ Dept. of Health Services Director’s Blog

For most people who get COVID-19, isolation, rest, and following a doctor’s advice leads back to full health within a few weeks, especially if you were up-to-date on vaccination. If you can’t shake fatigue a month or more later, however, chances are you’re among the millions of Americans facing long COVID. Also referred to as …

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