STD Awareness Month

April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month.  STD rates across California have increased for the sixth year in a row, which emphasizes the need for more screening and treatment.  Syphilis is a major public health problem in California and has increased in all regions of the state; the number of infants born with congenital syphilis increased for the fifth year in a row. 

The CDC and CDPH are providing healthcare providers with tips and tools for more effective STD screening including a guide to taking a thorough sexual history, list of essential sexual health questions to ask of patients, tips for productive conversations with patients and guidelines for testing and treatment.
STD Screening Guidelines
STD Treatment Guidelines

Opioid Safety Awareness Events

The Napa Opioid Safety Coalition is working to raise awareness of the opioid crisis in our community and to provide prevention strategies and resources to make a positive difference.   Parents, students and community members are all welcome to these FREE upcoming events.

Townhall Event

Saturday June 15—Register here
Location:  Crosswalk Church
2590 1st Street
Napa, CA 94558

There will be a 1 hour session for healthcare providers on safe prescribing guidelines and alternative treatments for pain.  Free CME credit will be provided.

"Written Off" Screenings

Wednesday, April 17- Register here
Location: Napa Main Library Community Room,
580 Coombs St.

Tuesday, April 30- Register here
Location:  Synergy Wellness
3421 Villa Lane, 2nd Floor
Conference Rooms 1&2
Written Off Movie Trailer
Influenza Report
Influenza activity continues to be widespread in California and in Napa County.  Of note, there is an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses that followed the peak of influenza A(H1N1) activity, resulting in prolonged high flu activity this year.  In week 14 of 2019, the number of visits related to influenza-like illness (ILI) continues to rise to 1.6% at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. There have been three confirmed outbreaks, two ICU cases and four deaths to date. 

Patients with ILI symptoms who are hospitalized, severely ill, or at higher risk for complications should be treated as soon as possible with a neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral agent (e.g., oseltamivir, zanamivir) as per CDC and CDPH recommendations, regardless of flu test results. Healthcare providers are also strongly encouraged to continue to vaccinate patients.

For outpatients at lower risk of flu complications, consider testing for influenza using PCR prior to prescribing antiviral treatment. Please note that there will be more false negative rapid influenza tests due to the higher prevalence of influenza in the community.

Healthcare providers should continue to report the following using the Confidential Morbidity Report to the Communicable Diseases Control Program at (707) 299-1499. 
  • any influenza or acute respiratory illness outbreaks
  • lab-confirmed influenza deaths in patients aged 0-64 years
  • lab-confirmed influenza ICU cases in patients aged 0-64 years
  • RSV deaths in children <5 years of age
Message from Dr. Karen Relucio, Health Officer

Happy Spring!  April brings us STD awareness month and reminds healthcare providers that STD rates continue to rise across California and that STD screening and treatment is crucial to combat the epidemic.  April also kicks off some awareness events about the opioid epidemic and prevention strategies.  In terms of influenza, we are experiencing a prolonged peak of influenza activity due to a second peak of influenza A H3N2 infections, after an initial peak of initial influenza A H1N1 activity, so it is possible high influenza activity may continue late in the season.
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