Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Bug Bytes

September 17, 2003
Vol. 4: No. 10

Topics in this Issue:
1. West Nile Virus Update
2. Conferences, Conferences, Conferences

1. West Nile Virus Update
We are nearing the end of West Nile Virus (WNV) activity in Minnesota. However, cases whose onsets were in late August and early September are being and will continue to be reported to us and we continue to provide laboratory testing for suspect cases. To date, 56 confirmed or probable human cases have been reported from 37 counties. Twenty-nine persons have been hospitalized. The cases include 24 meningitis/encephalitis cases with the remainder having West Nile fever only. They ranged in age from 2 to 96 years. Three case-patients have died including a 73 year-old male from Clay County, an 82 year-old male from Chippewa County, and an 84 year-old male from Kandiyohi County. All three patients had encephalitis.

In addition to the human cases, there have been 39 equine cases from 23 counties. Also, 333 birds from 56 counties, and four mosquito pools (of several hundred tested; i.e. pools of mosquitoes that have been trapped for WNV surveillance purposes) from Hennepin County have tested positive for WNV. In the U.S. as of September 15, 3,541 human cases including 66 deaths have been reported from 37 states. Sixty-four percent of the cases have been from Colorado, Nebraska, or South Dakota. We maintain an updated Minnesota map of human, equine, and bird cases at: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/

Physicians should call us at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414 to report suspect cases of WNV or arrange for laboratory testing.

2. Conferences, Conferences, Conferences

SARS - Tuesday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 30
The CDC will present two satellite or Web broadcast training programs on SARS for healthcare workers and public health personnel. The programs will provide updated information on identifying and managing patients with SARS and preventing transmission in healthcare facilities and the community. These programs are being offered in anticipation of possible seasonal reemergence of SARS.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003, 1:00-3:00
·Infection Control for Hospitals and Other Healthcare Facilities
·Quarantine: Community Response / Community Containment
·Legal Challenges of Quarantine and Isolation

Tuesday, September 30, 2003, 1:00-3:00
·What Every Clinician Should Know: Basic Diagnosis and Patient Management
·What's New in SARS Laboratory Diagnostics?
·Surveillance: How to Prepare the Clinician for Early Recognition and Diagnosis

To register and for more information:

Public Health Laboratories - Friday, September 26, 1:00-2:00
"Disease, Disaster, and Detection: Partnering with Public Health Laboratories"
This national satellite broadcast or Web broadcast is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the CDC, and is targeted toward public health professionals, clinical and public health laboratorians, physicians, and nurses. This broadcast will focus on the Minnesota Laboratory System (MLS) laboratory network, and how this system works to strengthen public health infrastructure to protect and improve the health of the community. Interviews with clinical laboratorians as well as individuals from the public health sector are highlighted in this look at the Minnesota laboratory community and its impact on public health infrastructure and the health of all Minnesotans.

To register and for more information:

Chemical Terrorism - Thursday, November 13, 9:30-4:30
MDH is co-sponsoring a satellite and video broadcast of a National Chemical Terrorism Conference. The morning session will be a satellite broadcast sponsored by the Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Departments of Health and the National Laboratory Training Network. It will include speakers from the Department of Defense, FBI, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the CDC. The featured speaker will be Dr. Jimmy Valentine, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Arkansas and a nationally recognized expert in chemical terrorism. The afternoon session will include speakers from the MDH, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Poison Control Center, the 55th Civil Support Team of the National Guard, and the FBI, who will provide a statewide perspective.

In addition to being live in the Twin Cities, the program will be teleconferenced to seven regional locations around the state. Watch the training website http://www.health.state.mn.us/oep/
for more details to come.

Emerging Infections - Friday, November 21, 8:00-4:40
We are proud to announce the upcoming 9th Annual Emerging Infections in Clinical Practice and Emerging Health Threats Conference to be held Friday November 21, 2003 at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome in Minneapolis. Featured speakers will discuss SARS, foodborne disease, zoonotic disease, immigrant health issues, AIDS, dermatological diseases, bioterrorism preparedness and more. Brochures are being mailed out now, so be on the lookout (call us at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414 if you would like us to send you one). The conference brochure and registration form is also available on-line at: http://www.med.umn.edu/cme/brochures2003/


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Updated Friday, November 19, 2010 at 02:16PM