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Diseases and Conditions

In 2016, PDPH has received six Acute Flaccid Myelitis reports from area healthcare providers; two of which were confirmed and four are pending review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While no etiology has been identified as the cause of these illnesses, four of six patients had at least one specimen test positive for enterovirus.

Updated Jul 16, 2021

Anthrax is an immediately notifiable condition. Upon suspicion of anthrax, report anthrax cases to PDPH by calling 215-685-6748 during business hours or calling 215-686-4514 after normal business hours.

Updated Jul 20, 2021

Updated Jul 16, 2021

Botulism is an immediately notifiable condition. Upon suspicion of of botulism, report botulism cases to PDPH by calling 215-685-6748 during business hours or calling 215-685-4514 after normal business hours.

Updated Nov 16, 2021

Candida Auris

Mar 1, 2020 - Present

In March 2020, the first confirmed case of C. auris in Pennsylvania was detected in a patient admitted to a Philadelphia short-term acute care hospital with a history of healthcare exposures in another state. Suspected or confirmed cases of C. auris in Philadelphia should be reported to PDPH at 215-685-6748.

Updated May 18, 2022

COVID-19

Jan 1, 2020 - Present

In December 2019, an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) began in Wuhan City, China. The CDC recommends everyone 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone at no cost. To schedule an appointment today, visit phila.gov/vaccine or vaccines.gov. Updated guidance and health alerts will be posted here for the duration of the pandemic response.

Updated Feb 25, 2022

Ebola

Jan 16, 2016 - Present

As of December 29, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Guinea free of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola). In conjunction with similar declarations made on May 9, 2015 regarding Liberia and November 7, 2015 regarding Sierra Leone, this declaration signaled the end to the largest recorded Ebola outbreak.

Updated Nov 16, 2021

Hepatitis A

Aug 1, 2019 - Present

On August 1, 2019, Philadelphia declared a public health emergency in response to continuing rapid increases in hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections among persons who use drugs and those who are living homeless.

Updated Jul 16, 2021

Updated Jul 16, 2021

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Updated Jul 14, 2021

Updated Jun 14, 2021

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus is a novel coronavirus that was first reported to cause human infection characterized by severe acute lower respiratory illness in September 2012. All cases have had direct or indirect links to the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE)) during their incubation period. Only two patients in the U.S. have ever tested positive for MERS-CoV infection — both in May 2014.

Updated Jul 16, 2021

Monkeypox (Coming Soon)

May 6, 2022 - Present

The current monkeypox outbreak was first identified in a British resident on May 6, 2022. Philadelphia Department of Public Health was notified of a probable case of monkeypox in Philadelphia on June 2, 2022. While the risk to Philadelphia residents is still extremely low, PDPH has begun issuing resources to healthcare providers. Suspected or confirmed cases of monkeypox in Philadelphia should be reported to PDPH at 215-685-6748.

Updated Jun 30, 2022

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To arrange for testing and report suspected Zika cases, including congenital infections, neurologic complications, and Guillain-Barre syndrome post-infection, contact PDPH by calling 215-685-6742 during business hours.

Updated Nov 16, 2021