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:

2/26/2014

DOH continues to investigate measles cases on Oahu

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) continues to investigate measles cases on Oahu. The initial case involved an Oahu infant who had contracted the disease while in the Philippines.

DOH has released two medical advisories to alert healthcare providers about measles disease in our community.  DOH staff continue to work closely with healthcare providers and facilities as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Honolulu Quarantine Station to identify and notify persons who may have been exposed.

The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated.  The Department of Health is asking everyone to check their immunization status and contact their healthcare provider if they need to be vaccinated. 

2/13/2014

Confirmed Measles Case on Oahu

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is investigating a case of measles involving an Oahu infant who had contracted the disease while in the Philippines. The child is hospitalized and recovering, but was infectious while traveling back to Honolulu and during visits to healthcare providers.

Measles is a highly contagious disease. The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. DOH is encouraging everyone to check their immunization status and contact their healthcare provider if they need to be vaccinated. People who suspect they have measles should call their doctor right away and isolate themselves from other people to help contain the spread of illness.  Read More

Take Precautions for Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis spreads through freshwater ponds, streams, puddles, even wet soil. During this rainy season and throughout the year, the Hawaii State Department of Health urges you to avoid swimming or wading in freshwater, especially if you have open cuts or sores. Read More

Hepatitis, Liver Failure in Persons Taking Diet Supplements

The Hawaii State Department of Health continues to investigate cases of liver failure and acute hepatitis. The department has seized OxyElite Pro dietary supplements from local retailers and is storing the embargoed products in a secure location until their destruction. The public is advised to discontinue using OxyElite Pro.

11/1/2013
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