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Health Department Update – Pertussis Outbreak

Numerous outbreaks of Pertussis are occurring throughout the United States.  Nine cases of Pertussis in Broward County were reported to the Florida Department of Health in Broward County in 2016 and one in 2017. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease.  Pertussis usually develops within 7-10 days after exposure, but sometimes not for as long as 3 weeks after.  The disease usually starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever.  After 1-2 weeks, severe coughing can begin.  Unlike the common cold, Pertussis can become a series of...

Confirmed Case of Varicella

The Health Department has released this letter regarding a confirmed case of Varicella in Broward County: January 27, 2016 This week a confirmed case of Varicella (Chickenpox) in a child was reported to the Florida Department of Health in Broward County. Varicella is a highly contagious disease. The Health Department is notifying potential contacts and you as health care providers in Broward County.  Incubation Period and Prodrome The incubation period for varicella is 14 to 16 days after exposure to a varicella or a herpes zoster rash, with a range of 10 to 21 days. A mild prodrome of...

Zika Virus Health Alert

This is an official CDC HEALTH ADVISORY     Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network Friday, January 15, 2016, 19:45 EST (7:45 PM EST) CDCHAN-00385       Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico   Summary In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, with autochthonous (locally acquired) cases identified in Brazil. As of January 15, 2016, local transmission had been identified in at least...


Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of four viruses (Ebolavirus genus) that causes disease in humans.  Ebola infection is associated with fever of greater than 101.5F or 38.6C, and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomitting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage.  Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, sweat, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola or contact with objects (such...