Total U.S. measles cases for 2019 climb to 626

IAC Express

On April 19, CDC posted its latest updated number of 2019 measles cases in the U.S. on its Measles Cases and Outbreaks web page, now increased to 626 cases across 22 states. This number reflects an increase of 71 cases over the previous week’s total of 555, with the outbreaks now including two additional states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000, second only to the 667 cases reported during all of 2014. In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels.

The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.

Opportunities for measles to spread as we continue through the spring travel season and into early summer are expected. The CDC offers these tips to keep vigilant about measles:

  • Ensure all patients are up to date on MMR vaccine.
  • Consider measles in patients presenting with febrile rash illness and clinically compatible measles symptoms (cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis).
  • Patients exposed to measles while traveling for Passover could begin to develop symptoms between late April through mid-May.
  • Ask patients about recent travel internationally or to domestic venues frequented by international travelers, as well as a history of measles exposures in their communities.
  • Promptly isolate patients with suspected measles to avoid disease spread and immediately report the suspect measles case to the health department.
  • Obtain specimens for testing from patients with suspected measles, including viral specimens for genotyping, which can help determine the source of the virus. Contact the local health department with questions about submitting specimens for testing.

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 9 of 10 people around them will also become infected if they are not protected. The virus can cause serious health complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis, and even death.

CDC continues to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated on schedule with the MMR vaccine. People 6 months and older should be protected with the vaccine before leaving on international trips.

For additional information and resources on measles, please visit the CDC’s measles website.

Syphilis Education Online Opportunity: May 2


Syphilis, a genital ulcerative disease caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum, is associated with significant complications when not diagnosed and treated. After historic lows in reported cases in 2000 and 2001, syphilis cases have increased almost every year since then. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has partnered with the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Washington University to offer this Continuing Education Unit (CEU) opportunity:

Webinar: Syphilis Update for Kansas Clinicians:  Focus on Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
Thursday May 2, 2019, 10 a.m. – noon

Free of charge. Registration required.

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County Health Rankings Lunch & Program – May 8

Kansas Health Institute

Wondering what the County Health Rankings mean for your community?

You are invited to attend County Health Rankings in a Changing Kansas on Wednesday, May 8, for an engaging discussion on the health factors and outcomes detailed for each Kansas county — and the implications moving forward as demographics continue changing.

Participants can attend either online or in-person at the Kansas Health Institute (Topeka), Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center (Chanute) or Republic County Hospital (Belleville).

County Health Rankings in a Changing Kansas
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

9:45 a.m., check-in; 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., program and lunch

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Substance Use Disorder Training Conference – May 15

Community Care Network of Kansas

Join Community Care Network of Kansas for the Substance Use Disorder Training Conference which will feature engaging presentations and discussions regarding treatment strategies and best practices. National and local speakers will provide more insight on multifaceted community approaches to SUD, team based care, sustainability of integration models, and more.

Substance Use Disorder Training Conference
Wednesday, May 15 | 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S 3rd St., Manhattan, KS

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If you need a sleeping room, a discounted hotel room block is available at the Hilton Garden Inn until April 22. For reservations, call 785-532-9116 or book online

If you have any questions about this event or need assistance to register please contact Theron Platt , Pam Smith or Susan Wood.


KIP-KIS Session: Vaccine Safety – April 18


Make plans to attend this Thursday!

Knowledge Injection Series (KIP-KIS) Session: Vaccine Safety

Thursday, April 18 | Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Presenter: Daniel Salmon, PhD, MPH, Institute of Vaccine Safety Director John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of vaccine safety in the context of mature immunization programs.
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of the many processes to ensure vaccines are very safe throughout a product lifecycle.

Continuing education credit will be available.

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Upcoming Parent Health Literacy Trainings

Kansas Head Start Association

Three new Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA) Parent Health Literacy training classes are being offered for this spring. Attendees will receive the resources needed to teach parents how to use the “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick” book using effective, evidence based teaching methods.  The Parent Health Literacy project partners with agencies, medical providers, schools and human services organizations who serve families with young children to provide this important health literacy resource. This training is appropriate for any staff who work directly with parents/patients, supervisors and program directors. We encourage you to share this information with parents in your practice.

Download the flyers and share with your staff:

Junction City, Tuesday, April 30

Great Bend, Wednesday, May 1

Dodge City, Thursday, May 2

The training is free.  3 CEUs are available for $15.

Please see the brochure and the KHSA website for further information about the Parent Health Literacy Project.

KDHE Reports on First State Survey of Birth Mothers


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has released its first annual report from the Kansas Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). The 2017 PRAMS Summary provides information from women who are interviewed about their experiences before, during and shortly after pregnancy. Forty-seven states participate in the PRAMS survey, covering approximately 83 percent of all live births in the United States. Kansas joined the PRAMS project in 2016 and began data collection in 2017. Read the full report here.

Some notable findings from the 2017 Kansas PRAMS survey include:
• Two-thirds of mothers (67.0%) had a health care visit in the year before their pregnancy.
• More than 4 in 5 mothers (85.7%) received prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy.
• Almost 1 in 8 mothers (12.4%) exhibited signs of having depression in the 2 to 3 months after giving birth.
• Nearly 3 in 4 mothers (72.6%) had experienced at least one stressful life event during the year before delivery.
• Approximately 9 in 10 infants (90.1%) had been breastfed or fed breast milk, even if only for a short period of time.
• Most mothers reported placing their infants to sleep on the infant’s back most frequently (80.2%), versus on his/her side, stomach, or a combination of back, side, and/or stomach.

Apply for 2019 NHSC Scholarship Program


The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) released the 2019 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Scholarship Program. The scholarship program provides scholarships to health profession students pursuing careers as primary care providers in exchange for their commitment to serve in high-need, underserved communities. The scholarship includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a taxable monthly living stipend.

Applications close Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. Learn more about eligibility and the process.

Building Meaningful Connections in the Community – A Webinar for Action


The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Joy of Medicine Workgroup is proud to offer all AAFP members access to its 2019 “Wellness Wednesdays” series. And, they are available for FREE as a member benefit, thanks to a grant provided by the AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium (FMPC). The FMPC Dues Check-Off program supports this important initiative.

Wellness Wednesdays is a structured, bi-monthly webinar series focused on enhancing professional and personal wellness through the joy of medicine. Sessions are scheduled on a Wednesday, 11:15 a.m. – noon. Download the Wellness Wednesdays flyer that includes the 2019 schedule.

You are invited to the next Wellness Wednesdays session:

“Building Meaningful Connections in the Community for You and Your Patients,” |
Wednesday, April 17
11:15 a.m. – Noon

Family Medicine Preceptors, Come on Down!


KU School of Medicine is seeking excellent family doctors to serve as volunteer faculty to third-year family medicine clerkship students from the Kansas City campus. Students rotate in a 2-week block.

  • Did you know that medical students highly value mentorship from practicing physicians?
  • Did you know that clerkship students rate having a one-on-one teaching relationship with a family doctor as their most desired and most valued experience over the clerkship?

Serving as volunteer faculty has perks!

  • Your peers enjoy serving as volunteer faculty! They say that students energize them and that the students teach them almost as much as they teach the students.
  • Patients enjoy students! They report that having a student in the office enhances their experience.
  • You can claim up to 20 CME hours per year for teaching medical students.
  • CMS allows you to attest student notes in lieu of writing duplicate notes of your own!
  • KU will provide you with access to resources, including UpToDate and databases at KUMC Dykes’ Library.

Interested? Contact Kristen Estrada, program manager for the Undergraduate Medical Education Division, Family Medicine Department, KU School of Medicine at