|Guidelines for enhanced surveillance and testing for novel avian influenza A/H7N9 virus in Wisconsin|
Health care providers,
Please see the attached letter from the Division of Public Health. Public health officials should consider H7N9 virus infection as a possible etiology among travelers returning from China with severe respiratory illness, especially if they have exposure to poultry. Influenza A H7N9 PCR testing can be performed on a fee-exempt basis by the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, however, must be pre-approved by the Wisconsin DPH (608)266-5326 or (608)258-0099 (after hours). Approval paperwork must accompany the specimen STATto the Columbia-St. Mary’s laboratory who will send it out for testing. The order should be placed as a “Miscellaneous Lab test” and the specimen of choice for submission is: One oropharyngeal (throat) swab and one nasopharyngeal (NP) swab in the same vial of viral transport medium (VTM). Please call the above number or myself if you have any more questions regarding this matter.
Your help is greatly appreciated,
Eric Lenz MT (ASCP)
Ascension | Columbia St. Mary’s
2323 North Lake Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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|Zika virus update|
Dear Healthcare providers,
The W.H.O. ended the Zika public health emergency in November, however, Zika still remains a threat to public health and the effects from this outbreak will be long-lasting. As of January 25th, 2017 Wisconsin has had a total of 60 confirmed travel associated Zika virus cases. Even though it’s not mosquito season in our region, it is important to remember that Zika is still being transmitted in areas of the U.S. and internationally. Please continue to ask your patients about plans to travel and travel history at every encounter and provide the appropriate counseling. For a list of updated Zika affected areas, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html.
Please see below for more Zika updates and guidance:
If you suspect a patient has Zika Virus infection, immediately report to the City of Milwaukee Health Department or local health department of the jurisdiction for the residence of the patient. For the City of Milwaukee, call SurvNet during business hours at 414-286-3624, or after hours at 414-286-2150 or 608-267-9003. Send serum and urine specimens along with approval paperwork to Ascension - Columbia St. Mary’s Laboratory for testing.
841 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 286-3624
Fax: (414) 286-0280
|Medical Director Time Requirements Policy|
If you are required to submit evidence of time and duties as an administrative physician, please see the new Medical Director Time Requirements policy linked below. This information has also been emailed to all administrative physicians currently submitting time via Docport.read more ...
|Primary Care Campaign Launching in Wisconsin|
Please click 'read more...' to view a message from Vince Gallucci, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Ascension Wisconsin, that announces a new, statewide primary care, multi-media promotional campaign for Ascension Wisconsin. read more ...
|DEA Posts significant change to registration renewal, effective 01.01.2017|
The US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently posted to its website notice of a significant change to its registration renewal process. This change eliminates the informal grace period which the DEA had previously allowed registrants to renew their registrations. Please click 'read more...' to view complete memo.read more ...