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.
Disease Outbreak Control Division
IN THE NEWS:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that the risk of travelers importing Ebola from Liberia is low and that Liberia has implemented effective control measures. Therefore, as of Monday, September 21, 2015, CDC will remove the requirements for enhanced screening and monitoring for travelers from Liberia. This means that travelers coming from Liberia to the United States will no longer be required to enter through one of the five selected airports and they will no longer be required to undergo monitoring after arrival. The entry screening requirements for travelers from Guinea and Sierra Leone, however, will remain in place.
For more information, go here: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
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