Tag Archives: Hawaii Department of Health

Four more mumps cases confirmed on Big Island


Hawaii News Digest, 21 October 2017, 1645 UTC, Post #15814.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/four-more-mumps-casess-confirmed-big-island

Accessed on 21 October 2017, 1645 UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed four more mumps cases on Hawaii Island.  So far this year, there have been 500 documented cases of the infectious disease statewide.

At least two cases of the painful infection have been found at Hawaii Island public schools.  One case was found at The Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School in Hilo, while another case was confirmed at the Naalehu Elementary School in the Ka’u District.

Health officials are asking residents to get an additional dose of MMR vaccine as a preventative measure.

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3 mumps cases confirmed at UH-Manoa as statewide total reaches 500


Hawaii News Digest, 20 October 2017, 0455 UTC, Post #15803.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/19/breaking-news/3-mumps-cases-confirmed-at-ju-manoa-as-statewide-total-reaches-500/

Reporter:  Kristen Consillia (“Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Accessed on 20 October 2017, 0455 UTC.

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Comment:

The State of Hawaii is facing an increase in mumps cases this year, with the infectious viral disease accounting for 500 confirmed cases.  The latest cases were found at UH-Manoa, where students were warned about about the disease on Thursday, 19 October 2017.

The viral infection is spread by coughing, sneezing, and touching infected items.  The Hawaii Department of Health is asking people who live or work in crowded conditions to get an extra mumps vaccination.

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New push aims to curb exposure that can poison children without warning


Hawaii News Digest, 19 October 2017,1510 UTC, Post #15802.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/10/18/new-push-aims-to-curb-exposure-that-can-poison-children-without-warning/

Reporter:  Jenn Boneza (KHON 2).

Accessed on 19 October 2017, 1510 UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Department of Health wants all children tested for lead poisoning.  Lead poisoning can lead to impaired brain development in children.  If the condition is not treated, brain damage will become permanent.

The Department of Health recently received $361,956 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to deal specifically with lead poisoning in children.

Gwen Palmer, a registered nurse with the Department of Health, said the grant will help educate parents about the importance of getting their children tested for lead poisoning:

“Unfortunately with lead, there are no overt symptoms, so the kids look okay. So that’s why I think that’s one of the reasons we have a harder time getting the parents to take the children in for testing…The symptoms are more in brain development. When they start to learn, when they start to go to school, they’ll find more behavioral problems, more learning disabilities some ADHD kinds of issues. If the child is exposed for too long, then those developmental issues are permanent.”

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Mumps cases continue increase


Hawaii News Digest, 06 October 2017, 1545 UTC, Post #15725.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/mumps-cases-continue-increase

Accessed on 06 October 2017, 1545 UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Department of Health reports another nine cases of mumps on Hawaii Island, bringing the total number of the painful swelling disease to 33 in 2017.  Statewide, the number of mumps cases has climbed to 452.

Health officials say the best way to avoid the viral infection is to get the MMR vaccine.

The Department of Health also advises those with the disease to avoid contact with others until the infection has run its course:

“People with suspected mumps are asked to self-isolate for nine days after salivary glands swell. Those who haven’t been vaccinated but get exposed to mumps shouldn’t travel, go to work or travel for 12-25 days after exposure.”

“People are advised to get vaccinated if: they’ve never been; they had one dose five or more years ago or they got two doses 10 or more years ago.”

“Those born before 1957 are presumed to have been exposed to mumps and don’t need vaccination.”

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Big Island infant contracts rat lungworm disease


Hawaii News Digest, 28 September 2017, 0315 UTC, Post #15669.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/09/27/breaking-news/big-island-infant-contracts-rat-lungworm-disease/

Accessed on 28 September 2017, 0315 UTC.

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Comment:

On Wednesday, 27 September 2017, the Hawaii Department of Health confirmed the 10th laboratory-confirmed case on rat lungworm disease in the state. To date, there have been 17 cases of the painful parasitic disease.  This time, the disease was found in an infant, who apparently ingested a slug or a snail. The child is undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Aaron Ueno, Hawaii District Health officer, says parents and caregivers must take these precautions to prevent infection by this damaging parasite:

>> Watch infants, toddlers, and children carefully while they are playing and make sure they are not picking up slugs, snails, or other objects from the ground and putting them into their mouths.

>> Help children properly wash their hands after playing using running water and soap.

>> When consuming food and drinks, close and seal containers when not in use to prevent slugs and snails from crawling inside, especially when left on or near the ground.

More tips are available at health.hawaii.gov.

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Decreased funds cause flu vaccination changes


Hawaii News Digest, 09 September 2017, 1730 hrs, UTC, Post #15563.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/decreased-funds-cause-flu-vaccination-changes

Accessed on 09 September 2017, 1730 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

According to Hawaii Director of Health, Dr. Virginia Pressler, decreasing fund are to blame for the ending of the Stop Flu at School Program for private schools in Hawaii.  Pressler says “federal funds dropped 80 percent from 2012 to 2017.”

The program costs around $2 million annually, not counting staffing, to provide the vaccination service to public and private schools.

Parents are being urged to contact their family doctor or nearest pharmacy to arrange vaccination for their children.

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State scales back school flu shot program


Hawaii News Digest, 07 September 2017, 0745 hrs, UTC, Post #15554.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/09/06/state-scales-back-school-flu-shot-program-due-to-lack-of-funding

Reporter:  Manolo Morales (KHON 2).

Accessed on 07 September 2017, 0745 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Department of Health is cutting back its “Stop Flu at School” program because of funding and resource problems.  According to reporter Manolo Morales, “the vaccine will not be available at some public schools and it will not be offered at any private school.”  Health experts believe the loss of the school immunization program will result in more sick children and adults. Parents are being urged to take their children to their family doctor or to a pharmacy for the flu shot.

Opinion:

Don’t you think it a bit strange that the state will contribute billions of dollars to bail out the Honolulu Light Rail System, while apparently failing to provide sufficient funds to immunize 65,000 school students against flu this year?  Perhaps the state legislature should rethink its priorities.

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