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July 2014

The July 2014 issue of Kentucky Epidemiologic Notes and Reports is now online.
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April 2009

The April 2009 issue of Kentucky Epidemiologic Notes and Reports is now online.
Read the the April 2009 Issue (PDF) on the Web or download the complete issue.


February 2009

The February issue of Kentucky Epidemiologic Notes and Reports focuses on influenza and includes:
  • An overview of the 2007-2008 influenza season in Kentucky
  • Information related to the ongoing 2008-2009 influenza season
  • Recommendations for the prevention and management of influenza cases involving pregnant women
  • CDC advice on the use of antivirals for oseltamivir resistant strains 
  • A detailed analysis of the cost effectiveness of various settings used in vaccination campaigns by local health departments
Download the February 2009 Issue [PDF 93K].


August 2008

The August issue of Kentucky Epidemiologic Notes and Reports includes:
  • Effect Modification, the latest in a series of articles on biostatistical research topics
  • A CDC Health Advisory on the temporary decrease in Human Rabies Vaccine supplies
  • A report on the collection and evaluation of data obtained via the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program's Kentucky Quit Line
  • An overview of Tanning Bed regulations in the Commonwealth
Download the August 2008 Issue [PDF 320K].
 

Kentucky Epidemiological Notes and Reports, April 2009, Volume 44, Issue 2

Welcome to the first issue of the new online Kentucky Epidemiologic Notes and Reports. These Web pages provide the same important and timely articles used in our print edition. Please click through to read the individual articles below or download a printable version of the entire issue from the link in the navigation pane to the left.

Kentucky Asks Health Care Providers to Be Alert for Possible Swine Flu Cases

“We are closely monitoring developments involving swine flu cases in the United States, Mexico and abroad,” said Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “We continue to provide information to health care providers and other stakeholders about this evolving situation, and are preparing for a wider response should that become necessary.”
Read the complete article.

National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate achievements of immunization providers in their community. 
Read the complete article.

State Lab Earns Prestigious Accreditation

College of American Pathologists Honors State Public Health Lab
The State Public Health Laboratory of the Kentucky Department for Public Health recently was accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). CAP accreditation is awarded to only a handful of public health labs.
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Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands and Food Safety

Kentucky Department for Public Health Guidelines for Sampling at Farmers' Markets and Certified Roadside Stands
The Food Safety Branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health works in collaboration with the state Department of Agriculture to help farmers provide safe products for their customers.
Read the complete article.

K HELPS: The Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge

Volunteer Health Professionals Program Strengthening State’s Response to Emergencies
In 2005, the Kentucky Department for Public Health established K HELPS, the Kentucky Health Emergency Listing of Professionals for Surge, a state-based system to register medical professionals and others interested in volunteering during public health emergencies or disasters.
Read the complete article.

Hot Tub Folliculitis Outbreak

Education, Proper Maintenance and Regulation Keys to Prevention
This report describes an outbreak investigation at a resort near Lake Cumberland conducted jointly by environmentalists and epidemiologists. It also provides recommendations for preventing future outbreaks.
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DPH Letter to Clinicians from April 29, 2009

Human cases of influenza caused by swine-origin influenza A (H1N1) virus (S-OIV). have been found now in patients in several states in the US, as well as in Mexico, Austria Canada, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Today, the World Health Organization raised their current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5, the second highest pandemic alert level.
Read the complete article.

Surveillance and Specimen Collection for Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Virus

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is currently enhancing influenza surveillance activities to monitor for the presence of swine flu in Kentucky. Below are the current recommendations for swine flu surveillance and specimen collection in Kentucky. These recommendations are subject to change as new information becomes available.

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Kentucky Epidemiological Notes and Reports, September 2009, Volume 44, Issue 3

H1N1 Update: KDPH Letter to Clinicians from Aug. 20, 2009

The ongoing pandemic of novel influenza A H1N1 (swine flu) continues in the United States and internationally.
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Sample Size and Statistical Power

The third article in an ongoing series discussing biostatistical and epidemiologic research topics.
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Food Safety Regulations Amended to Improve Health and Safety


Regulations governing the state’s food code have been amended, improving safety and health standards for food storage, preparation and serving.
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Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System

The Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System (KVDRS) addresses the need for accurate surveillance and data analysis by combining data from death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, police reports, crime laboratory reports, toxicology reports and child fatality review team reports.
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World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day was created in 1987 by the World Health Organization (WHO), in order to draw attention to both the global tobacco epidemic as well as to highlight the health risks involved with its use.
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