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10 Cases of Measles in AZ

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

 Message from the Arizona Health Alert Network

Society PA,

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and Pinal County Public Health Services District have confirmed TEN cases of measles in Arizona. Additional cases in the community are highly likely.

Providers should:

  • Take precautions to ensure your patients are not exposed by:
    • Posting the attached signage outside of your facility with surgical masks available
    • Having patients with febrile rash illness report to a back door or provide the last appointment of the day to prevent exposing other patients
    • Having suspect cases wear surgical masks in common areas when airborne isolation is not available
  • Immediately mask and place patients presenting with a febrile rash illness in airborne isolation if available, obtain vaccine and travel history.
  • Consider measles as a diagnosis for patients with a febrile rash illness and immediately report this to your local health department.
  • Coordinate with your local health department for specimen collection, transport, and testing for suspect measles cases.
  • Make sure your staff is fully immunized.
    • Healthcare workers should receive two doses of MMR, regardless of year of birth, unless they have documentation of previous immunity.

To report cases or for additional information, please contact your local health department: http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/index.php#resources-county

A measles surveillance toolkit for healthcare facilities is available at http://www.azdhs.gov/documents/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/measles/measles-surveillance-toolkit.pdf

For more information on this situation, please visit the ADHS public information website at
http://azdhs.gov/director/public-information-office/index.php#releases-adhs

For more information on measles, please visit the ADHS measles webpage at http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/measles/index.php

 

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Arizona Health Alert Network

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Shortage of Bicillin-LA (Benzathine penicillin G)

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 Message from the Arizona Health Alert Network

Society PA,

There are currently difficulties in obtaining Bicillin-LA (benzathine penicillin G).  Benzathine penicillin G is the recommended treatment for syphilis and the only treatment option for pregnant women infected with or exposed to syphilis.

Until normal supplies are available, consideration should be given to prioritizing benzathine penicillin G for pregnant women infected with or exposed to syphilis.  See below for alternative treatment regimens.

 Arizona is among the states with the highest morbidity of syphilis, and the number of congenital syphilis cases increased slightly in the last year.  Please continue to screen, treat and follow up on all patients at high risk in order to curb this statewide trend.

Alternative Regimens for Primary, Secondary and Early Latent Syphilis Diagnoses in Adults, Excluding Pregnant Women

•    100 mg doxycycline, twice daily for 14 days,  OR
•    500 mg tetracycline, four times daily for 14 days

Alternative Regimens for Late Latent Syphilis or Latent Syphilis of Unknown Duration Diagnoses in Adults, Excluding Pregnant Women

•    100 mg doxycycline, twice daily for 28 days, OR
•    500 mg tetracycline, four times daily for 28 days

Further resources include CDC syphilis guidelines, FDA Tracking of Benzathine Penicillin G Availability, and at Arizona local public health departments.

Thank you,
Arizona Health Alert Network

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ASAPA Fall Conference - Save the Date

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 16, 2016

Tags:  CME  Conference 

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Have you read the February Newsletter?

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 28, 2016
Members can log in and find the newsletter under the Members Only tab.

Tags:  Newsletter 

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Justin Lovich resignation from ASAPA board

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 16, 2016

Thank you to Justin Lovich for his service as a board member.  We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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Newsletter Posted

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Members can log in and find the newsletter under the Members Only tab.

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Award Nominations Deadline Extended

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 19, 2015

The deadline for submitting award nominations has been extended to December 1st.  Please visit the Awards page for details.  

Tags:  Awards 

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New 1st Time Fellow Fee

Posted By Shelley Lloyd, Thursday, August 27, 2015
Updated: Monday, October 19, 2015

ASAPA is now offering a first time new ASAPA Fellow member a discounted rate of $100.  This is one step in the membership drive.  This discounted fee will benefit graduating students as they move from a Student member to a Fellow member as well as any new ASAPA Fellow member.  

Reach out to the PAs you know that are not members and let them know about this great offer!

Tags:  Membership Dues 

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ASAPA 2015 Election Results

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The ASAPA 2015 Election has officially closed. Thank you to all those who participated. We appreciate you expressing your vote. 

 

The newly elected ASAPA leadership are 

 

John Shaff, PA-C as President Elect

Brian Gallagher, PA-C as Treasurer

Alisa Gifford, PA-C as Director- At- Large

Gerry Keenan, PA-C as Director- AT- Large

Michelle DiBaise,DHSc, PA-C as AAPA Delegate

Jennifer Feirstein, PA-C as AAPA Delegate

 

They will begin their service in July this year.  We have a great year ahead of us! 

 

Sincerely, 

Shilo Gifford

Nominations/Membership Committee Chair 

Tags:  BOD  candidates  Election  HOD 

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ASAPA Voting is Open through June 1st

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ballots were emailed to Fellow and Active ASAPA members on Monday May 11, 2015.  The email comes straight from Survey Monkey so please check your spam filter if you did not receive the email.  If you feel you should have received an email ballot and did not, please contact admin@asapa.org

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