Disease Outbreak Control Division

The Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) comprises the Disease Investigation Branch, Immunization Branch, and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response (Public Health Preparedness) Branch. These programs work together to monitor, investigate, prevent, and control infectious diseases in Hawaii, especially those preventable through immunizations, and to ensure Hawaii’s ability to respond to emergencies that threaten the public’s health. Toward these goals, DOCD works to strengthen the relationships between the Department of Health and other partners including laboratories, hospitals, schools, emergency response agencies, private organizations, and the military.

IN THE NEWS:

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak that had been occurring in the Republic of Korea has been brought under control according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The last case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection reported by the Republic of Korea was on July 4, 2015; on July 27, 2015 all remaining case contacts being held in quarantine were released with no symptomatic individuals identified. In total, there have been 186 confirmed cases of MERS-CoV infection in Korea with 36 deaths. Although the MERS outbreak in the Republic of Korea has abated, there continues to be new cases reported elsewhere, almost entirely all in individuals with a history of travel within the Arabian Peninsula.
The Hawaii Department of Health will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

For more information on MERS-CoV, please go to: MERS-CoV

 

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

As of May 9, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia to be Ebola virus disease (EVD) free. This means that 42 days (the length of two incubation periods of EVD) has passed since the last case without any new cases occurring. The CDC’s travel alert for Liberia has been reduced to Level 2 (Practice enhanced precautions). Guinea and Sierra Leone, however, continue to report new cases.

As of June 2, 2015, the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) has monitored a total of 34 individuals that have traveled to Hawaii after having potential exposure to EVD in the affected regions of West Africa. To date, no cases of EVD have been identified in any of the monitored travelers in Hawaii. HDOH is continuing to evaluate and monitor travelers coming to Hawaii from Guinea and Sierra Leone.

For more information, go here: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)