Maine DHHS Press / News Release

January 30, 2019

Public Health Alerts Now Accessible on Maine CDC Website

Health alerts that were recently released only to professionals will now be available to the public

Augusta, ME - This week, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), with support from Governor Janet Mills and Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Jeanne Lambrew, will make health alerts available on the Maine CDC website to ensure the public has easily accessible and relevant public health information at their fingertips. This comes with the issuance of the first alert for 2019, announcing that influenza has officially entered widespread status in Maine - a reminder for Maine residents to continue taking precautions to keep themselves healthy throughout the influenza season.

The Maine CDC routinely issues health advisories through the Health Alert Network to providers, various healthcare entities, child care facilities, city and county health organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies. Health alerts directly keep those on the frontlines updated on pertinent public health information including disease outbreaks, emerging trends, and guidance on anticipated public health concerns.

While health alerts are written for and distributed directly to professionals to inform their prevention and treatment practices, the information can also be useful to the general public who may be interested in specific details surrounding current public health issues within the state.

"Health alerts deliver incredibly important information when its needed most, such as updates related to the current status of influenza, Lyme disease, and hepatitis," said Maine CDC Director, Dr. Bruce Bates. "Having this information readily available on our website is another tool we can use to keep folks informed on emerging public health concerns, and ultimately keep Mainers safe and healthy."

Acting Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew added, "A key component of public health is public awareness and engagement. This change is part of our effort to increase transparency and build trust in the Department."

Health alerts for fall 2018 through the most current are available here: www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/all-health-advisories.shtml

This page will be updated as new health alerts become available.

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