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As a reminder, physicians in NC are required by state law (NC General Statute § 130A-135) to report suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to the local health department.

October 2, 2017

The BCHHS Communicable Disease phone and fax lines are back in service.  If you tried to call or fax a communicable disease report to us on 9/30 or 10/1, please resend that information at this time to ensure we have all the information we need.

 

In general, BCHHS Communicable Disease staff are available 24/7 by calling 828-250-5109 or fax at 828-250-6169.

  •  If you ever try to contact them at these numbers and are unable to leave a message or your fax fails to go through, please contact me at 828-989-6145 or Ellis Vaughan, our Clinical Services Coordinator, at 828-545-6740.

 

As a reminder, physicians in NC are required by state law (NC General Statute § 130A-135) to report suspected or confirmed communicable diseases to the local health department. The Communicable Disease report form for Buncombe County is located at https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/health/Morb_Card.pdf. Please review the list of reportable diseases and conditions on the form, as well as the time frame for reporting them to public health.

Finally, we have had situations where health care providers have been hesitant to share protected health information with our Communicable Disease nurses during their investigations. Please understand that release of this information is allowable under HIPAA. See the attached memo from the NC DHHS for specifics.

Thanks for working with us to identify, contain and manage communicable diseases in our community.

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Public Health Provider Alert From BCHHS: Updated Guidance on Care of Pregnant Women With Possible Zika Exposure

September 15, 2017

This memo is intended to provide updated guidance on Zika virus testing and caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure.

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Submission from NCRHLA on Proposed Design for Medicaid Managed Care

September 13, 2017

The North Carolina Rural Health Leadership Alliance (NCRHLA), a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, appreciates this opportunity to submit feedback ont he North Carolina Proposed Program Design for Medicaid Managed Care. 

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Vaya, MAHEC Make Opioid Overdose-Reversal Kits Available to Buncombe County Schools

September 6, 2017

Buncombe County Schools are now better prepared to prevent fatal overdoses on campus thanks to collaborative efforts by Vaya Health, MAHEC and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

 

On Wednesday, September 6, Lieutenant Mike Ruby of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office delivered opioid overdose-reversal kits and training to student resource officers for more than 14 Buncombe County middle and high schools in Enka, Erwin, North Buncombe, Owen, Reynolds, and Roberson school districts.


Each kit contains two doses of NARCAN® nasal spray, the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone, which can be administered by student resource officers and school nurses for emergency treatment of a suspected opioid overdose. These kits were made possible through a state grant to Vaya Health, a regional public managed healthcare organization.

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BCHHS Public Health: Infections Associated With Tattoos by Unpermitted Tattoo Artists

August 30, 2017

Clinicians are encouraged to take the following actions when caring for an individual with a recent tattoo:

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From the APHA: Administration Shows Disregard for Research, Preference for Anti-Evidence Policy

August 28, 2017

In the first half of this week, the Trump administration has shown a disregard for science and evidence when it comes to the environment and safeguarding health.

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Public Health Alert from BCHHS: CDC Advisory About Invasive Meningococcal Disease

July 10, 2017

From the CDC: Patients Receiving Eculizumab (Soliris®) at High Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease Despite Vaccination

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Alert from Dr. Mullendore with Buncombe County DHHS Regarding Zika Testing

June 7, 2017

In 2016, 98 travel-associated cases of Zika virus disease were reported in NC. As of 5/17/17, there have been 3 cases reported in NC in 2017.

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Notice to Student Athletes: Addiction

May 4, 2017

The danger of addiction is closer than you think...

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Tell your patients that pain treatment will look different now

May 1, 2017

Western North Carolina sees too many deaths from the misuse of prescription pain medicine.

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Public Health Provider Alert from BCHHS: Please be on the lookout for Mumps

April 13, 2017

A student at Appalachian State was recently diagnosed with mumps. At this time, no additional cases of mumps have been identified in NC that are connected with this case.

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Physicians' Voice in the News: How Opioid Crisis Affects Our Healthcare

April 5, 2017

3 Article Series in Citizen Times

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WCMS supports the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP)Act, with important modifications

March 23, 2017

WCMS supports the  Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act, with important modifications, such as (but not limited to):

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Regional Physician Meeting Held to Address Opioid Abuse Crisis

March 1, 2017

On February 28th,  physicians representing 11 different health care systems, hospitals, and FQHCs met to discuss what physicians are doing across WNC to address the opioid crisis.

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Public Health Alert for Providers from BCHHS: Increase in Reports of Varicella (Chickenpox) Illness

February 22, 2017

Buncombe County Health and Human Services recently has seen an increase in varicella cases in some local schools. While varicella is not a reportable disease, outbreaks are common and we work with school nurses and school administrators to prevent further spread, especially to vulnerable populations.

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