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Measles in Orange CountyAs of February 20, four recent cases of measles have been identified in Orange County in the last seven weeks. While Orange County sees 0-1 cases of measles each year, these cases serve as a reminder that importation of disease as a result of international travel does happen. To protect themselves and their loved ones, and all Orange County residents should make sure they are up-to-date on their measles vaccinations (usually given as MMR). To see if you need measles vaccine, see the CDC recommendations.
Measles is very contagious. It is spread mainly through respiratory droplets from infected people. Infected people are most contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts until 4 days afterwards. Routine measles vaccination of children in the U.S. has made measles a rare disease in the U.S. However, measles is still seen in this country, usually associated with a visitor to the U.S. or a U.S. traveler returning from other countries. Click here to view advisory.
Norovirus in Orange CountyReports of outbreaks of gastrointestinal (GI) illness have increased in Orange County in the last month. Multiple grade schools in the community have reported outbreaks of children with GI illness. Many of these events are caused by norovirus, the most common cause of GI illness outbreaks. The most common norovirus symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea. Persons with illness usually get better in 1-2 days. Spread of norovirus and other viruses causing GI illness can be prevented by staying home from work or school at least until symptoms have resolved, and possibly longer in outbreak situations. More information about norovirus and preventing its spread can be found at http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/epi/disease/noro.
The Disease Control & Epidemiology Division is responsible for monitoring the incidence of reportable communicable diseases in the community; preventing communicable diseases and promoting disease prevention; and assuring access to treatment of communicable diseases such as STDs, HIV and AIDS, and tuberculosis. The division also provides health assessments for newly arriving refugees, asylees, parolees, and human trafficking victims. In addition, the division has responsibility for registering Orange County births and deaths and issuing associated certificates and permits.
1725 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana Provides diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, anonymous and confidential testing for HIV, and primary medical care and early intervention services for HIV-infected clients.
1200 N. Main Street, Suite #100-A, Santa Ana Registers all births and deaths that occur in Orange County. Issues applications for burial permits. Provides for sale to the public certified copies of Orange County birth and death certificates.
1719 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana Investigates individual cases and outbreaks of reportable communicable diseases in order to prevent their spread. Monitors and analyzes trends in reportable communicable diseases and provides information to doctors, hospitals, the public and news media.
1725 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana Administers funds for the provision of HIV prevention, care, and support services throughout Orange County. Provides support to the Board of Supervisor-appointed Orange County HIV Planning Council, which is responsible for determining the service priorities and funding allocations for HIV care services.
1725 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana and 14120 Beach Boulevard, Westminster Provides diagnosis, treatment and case management for Orange County residents with tuberculosis (TB) disease. Provides TB screening services (TB testing, chest X-rays, symptom check, and physician evaluation, when appropriate) and treatment for latent TB infection for Orange County residents who are at highest risk for progression from TB infection to active TB disease. TB screening services are not offered to individuals needing work or school clearances, including but not limited to: students, teachers, school volunteers, certified employees (e.g., janitors), health care workers, childcare workers, and foster parents.
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