The Epidemiology and Assessment unit’s medical directors, public health nurses, and epidemiologists investigate individual cases and outbreaks of reported communicable disease (see List of Reportable Diseases) per the State of California Code of Regulations. We monitor disease trends, and often provide current statistics and other information to doctors, hospitals, the public and news media. For more information or CD reporting 24/7 call 714-834-8180.
November 29, 2016 Apparent Mycobacterium abscessus dental infections have been reported in some patients cared for at the 2156 East Lincoln Avenue office of Children's Dental Group in Anaheim. Oral cellulitis, often with dental abscess, has been reported following dental pulpotomy procedures. The facility is continuing to work with the Orange County Health Care Agency to address the situation.
Pediatric E. coli O157:H7 Infections in Santa AnaNovember 21, 2016 The Orange County Health Care Agency has had an increase in reports of pediatric Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 infection since the start of November. Four cases have been reported with illness onsets ranging from November 4-9. The cases range from 5-8 years in age; all live in the city of Santa Ana. One child developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). An investigation into a potential source is ongoing. Providers should consider E. coli O157:H7 infection in patients with bloody or unusually severe diarrhea and when appropriate send stool for testing for shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). More...
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