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Washtenaw County Epi Alert – Hepatitis A

Due to a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A, potentially contaminated frozen strawberries have been recalled.  Several food establishments in Washtenaw County and many others across Michigan received the frozen strawberries and may have served them to customers in the past months.  To date, no cases of Hepatitis A illness have been linked to the strawberries…
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Zika Virus Guidance for Providers

As you are aware, there is currently a Zika virus outbreak in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same mosquitoes that spread Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. The Zika virus can be passed from a…
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Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Starts November 1

The third-ever open enrollment period for the www.healthcare.gov Health Insurance Marketplace starts on November 1 – only a few short days away! The Healthy Michigan Plan is always open for enrollment to those who qualify. Contact a local nonprofit agency who will answer your questions and help you apply for health care coverage for you…
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New Rules for Immunization Waivers

YPSILANTI, Mich., July 23, 2015 – New rules are in place for Michigan parents or guardians opting out of one or more of the required vaccinations for their child or children to attend school or childcare. Under the new rules parents or guardians must participate in a science-based educational session with their local public health…
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs historic Medicaid plan into law

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] English: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] DEARBORN, MI -- Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed historic Medicaid expansion legislation into law in the same way the Legislature passed it: With bipartisan support. Snyder was flanked by Democratic U.S. Rep. John Dingell, who authored part of the Affordable Care Act,…
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Cocaine, Heroin Cut With Animal Dewormer Send Users to ED

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] English: Cocaine powder Deutsch: Kokain in Pulverform (als Salz) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Something new to look out for if you see unexplained neutropenia and skin necrosis in patients using cocaine or heroin . "A case series study showed that 23 individuals who presented at healthcare facilities with unexplained neutropenia or skin…
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MSMS resolutions for House of Delegates Due Feb 28

Posted on behalf of Sallie Schiel. WCMS Members - If you would like to submit a resolution for the 2013 Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates, they are due at MSMS by February 28, 2013.  This is two weeks earlier than usual.  Please send your resolution to WCMS to be submitted electronically to MSMS.…
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Call the Governor Now

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Photo © by Jeff Dean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"][/caption] The senate has passed SB291 repealing the motorcycle helmet law. Call the governor NOW if you have an opinion on this- 517-335-7858 You may also fill out a web form here. Related articles Sign Petition Urging Governor to Veto Helmet Repeal (washtenawcms.wordpress.com)
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Helmet Repeal appears dead in Tennessee – for now

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"][/caption] The following message was sent to Rick Snyder today. Dear Mr. Synder, The State House and Senate truly did lackadaisical work when providing the fiscal analysis for the proposed motorcycle helmet law repeal. Here are analyses performed for TennCare by the Tennessee state house…
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