NYSDOH HEALTH ADVISORY: TESTING AND REPORTING OF MOSQUITO AND TICK BORNE ILLNESSES
While weather services are advising New Yorkers to expect warmer, wetter weather this summer, experts are also anticipating high mosquito and tick populations this season as a result. Coinciding with these expectations, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is advising physicians and other healthcare providers to be prepared by reminding them of the procedures for testing and reporting mosquito and tick borne illnesses.
According to the alert: “Providers are reminded to ask patients about outdoor activities as part of routine telehealth, outpatient, and inpatient assessments. Prompt recognition of and treatment for tick-borne diseases is crucial to minimizing morbidity and mortality. Health care provider recognition of mosquito-borne illnesses is also a key component of mosquito-borne disease surveillance activities and can assist public health authorities with appropriate implementation of interventions, including mosquito control activities. NYSDOH is therefore advising physicians on the procedures to test and report suspected cases of mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus (WNV), eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika virus, and yellow fever virus as well as tick-borne illnesses including Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.”
Click the following link to view the full advisory: NYSDOH ADVISORY – TESTING AND REPORTING OF MOSQUITO AND TICK BORNE ILLNESSES