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There are no alerts as of 3/9/18.
3-6-18 NC Department of Health and Human Services
North Carolina health officials are alerting the pubic to a recent increase in emergency department visits by people who reported using cannabidiol (CBD) oil or a similar product in electronic cigarettes and/or vaporiging pens. Read more using link above.
2-20-18 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Twenty-eight people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- have been reported from 20 states.  Eleven hospitalizations have been reported; no deaths.  
CA- 3 cases
NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, UT- 2 cases each
AL, AZ, CO, FL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, ND, NY, SC, TN- 1 case each
  • At this time, CDC recommends that people not consume kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella. 
    • CDC’s recommendation may change as more information becomes available.
    • Kratom is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak.
    • Kratom is a plant consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute.
  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- infections.
  • Epidemiologic evidence indicates that kratom is a likely source of this multistate outbreak.indicates that kratom is a likely source of this multistate outbreak. 
    • Ill people in this outbreak report consuming kratom in pills, powder, or tea.
    • No common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified at this time.
    • Because no common source of Salmonella-contaminated kratom has been identified, CDC is recommending against consuming any kratom.
12-27-17  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is providing: 1) a notice about increased influenza A (H3N2) activity and its clinical implications; 2) a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations; 3) an update about approved treatment drugs and supply this season; and 4) background information for patients about influenza treatment.
11-3-17  NC Division of Public Health (NC DPH)
Multiple states are investigating outbreaks of hepatitis A that have occurred primarily in persons who are homeless, persons who use drugs, men who have sex with men (MSM) and their close, direct contacts. Since July 2016, nearly 1200 cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 826 hospitalizations and 37 deaths.
9-27-17 NC Division of Public Health (NC DPH)
The NC Division of Public health identified a significant increase in overdoses from heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogues in August 2017. Given this increase as well as the continuing opioid epidemic, NC DPH is distributing this alert to provide information on this situation and ongoing guidance to clinicians treating patients with opioid overdose and related conditions.
1-31-18 NC Division of Public Health
Update on 2017-18 Influenza Season
This memo provides clinicians with updated epidemiologic information regarding the 2017-18 influenza season and reinforces important prevention and control measures for the remainder of the season.