The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s first confirmed case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarette products in a person under the age of 18. The youth was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms that met the case definition established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A pulmonary infection has not been identified. The patient was released from the hospital and is recovering.
The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s sixth case of West Nile virus. The individual is a female under the age of 50 who has the neuroinvasive form of the illness. West Nile virus is considered endemic in Clark County, having first been identified in 2005. This new case is a reminder to the public of the importance of preventing mosquito bites and eliminating breeding sources around their homes. The Health District is also alerting the community to the ongoing outbreak in the mosquito population. The West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses are being actively transmitted from infected birds to mosquitoes, which then places the public at increased risk for disease.
In its ongoing commitment to the rapid evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of stroke, the six hospitals of The Valley Health System (VHS) have all received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a significant increase in the number of acute hepatitis A cases in Clark County. Between January 1, 2019, and May 31, 2019, there have been 37 reported acute hepatitis A cases, compared to 17 reported cases in 2018, no reported case in 2017, and six reported cases in 2016 during the same period. People who are at increased risk for infection of hepatitis A include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness. Of the 37 reported cases, 86 percent were people who used drugs, and 65 percent were among people experiencing homelessness.
The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female over the age of 50, had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 465 cases of measles in 19 states so far this year. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000. The Southern Nevada Health District reported two confirmed cases of measles in Clark County the last six months. The CDC is urging people to protect themselves before traveling, especially to international destinations.
The Valley Health System Graduate Medical Education (VHSGME) Consortium filled 100 percent of its residency openings for its new Family Medicine and General Surgery programs during the National Resident Matching Program’s Match Week activities earlier this month.
Patients at risk for type 2 diabetes may head down a path that’s difficult for them to navigate in the future. However, a systematic process for diabetes prevention can help patients take control of and improve their health.