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CDC Advises Providers on Treating Patients From Hurricane-Affected Areas

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the attached advisory with advice for health care providers treating patients from hurricane-affected areas, where compromised drinking water and decreased access to safe water, food and shelter have created conditions for outbreaks of infectious diseases. Health care providers in the continental U.S. should ask patients about recent travel, particularly in the past four weeks, to hurricane-affected areas. CDC reminds clinicians to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever and vibriosis. Providers who suspect cases of these diseases are strongly encouraged to report to local health authorities while awaiting laboratory confirmation; confirmed cases should be immediately reported to state health departments.