Health Department

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.

703-246-2411
TTY 711

10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.,
Director of Health

Health Alerts and Advisories

Message Categories

  • Health Alert conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention.
  • Health Advisory provides important information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action.

To request Fairfax County Health Department alerts published before July 2018, email hdcd@fairfaxcounty.gov.

See recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alerts.

Vaping Associated Pulmonary Disease

Vaping
October 25, 2019

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

• On October 11, 2019, CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) titled, "Update- Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Suspected E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury – United States, October 2019." (...

Identification and Reporting of Vaping-associated Pulmonary Disease

Identification
August 23, 2019

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a note to clinicians on cases of severe pulmonary disease among adolescents and young adults who report “vaping” or “dabbing” (i.e., vaping marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates) during the weeks and months prior to hospital admission. No specific product has been linked to the…

Widespread Cyclospora Outbreak in National Capital Region (NCR)

Widespread
June 18, 2019

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

• A significant increase in the number of reported cyclosporiasis cases have been seen in the National Capital Region (NCR) since mid-June 2019. The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) has identified seven confirmed cases since that time; the annual average number of reported cases is two per year (over the past five years).

• A…

Outbreak of Respiratory Illness at a Long-Term Care Facility

Outbreak
July 12, 2019

Health Advisory

SUMMARY:

• Fairfax County Health Department is conducting an outbreak investigation at Greenspring, a long-term care facility with assisted living and skilled nursing care, in Springfield, VA.

• Since June 30, 2019, 55 out of the 263 residents assisted living and skilled nursing care have become ill with respiratory symptoms ranging from upper…

Suspected Measles Case with Multiple Exposures in Northern VA

Suspected
June 6, 2019

HEALTH ADVISORY

SUMMARY:

• A suspected measles case has been identified in Northern Virginia associated with international travel. The suspect case is known to have visited a health care facility in Fairfax County during their infectious period.

• The Fairfax County Health Department is conducting an investigation and is contacting people known to have been…

Increased Measles Activity in the United States

Increased
April 26, 2019

Health Advisory

Summary

From January 1 to April 19, 2019, 626 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 22 states. This is the second most cases for any year since measles elimination was declared in 2000.

No confirmed cases of measles have occurred in Virginia this year. However, three cases were identified in Maryland in the last month, increasing…

2018 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) RED BOOK - Updated Recommendations for Pediatric Tuberculosis Testing, LTBI Treatment and Rifampin Dosing

July 5, 2018
Health advisory providing information about updated recommendations for pediatric tuberculosis testing, Latent TB Infection (LTBI) treatment and Rifampin dosing in the 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book.

Fairfax County Health Department Press Release About First Reported Human Case of West Nile Virus 

August 3, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department has identified the first reported human case of West Nile Virus disease in 2018 in the Fairfax Health District.

Increased Influenza Outbreak Activity in Long-Term Care Facilities and Recommendations for Prevention

January 19, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department is recommending that long-term care facilities take action to prevent influenza outbreaks, including exclusion of ill visitors and staff, rigorous hand hygiene and cough etiquette, vaccination, and appropriate diagnosis and case management.

Fairfax County Health Department Press Release About Risks of Unlicensed Dental Practices

March 23, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department is recommending anyone who received dental care by an unlicensed provider to see their health care provider to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, which are all spread through blood exposure.

2018-2019 Seasonal Influenza Reporting Reminder and Resources for Health Care Professionals

October 12, 2017
Fairfax County flu reporting requirements and resources for health care professionals.

Advice to Clinicians About Leptospirosis in U.S. Travelers Returning from Northern Israel

September 10, 2018
Health care providers are required to report both lab-confirmed and clinically suspect cases of leptospirosis to their local health department.

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) Update

November 20, 2018
Fairfax County Health Department issues health advisory providing an Acute Flaccid Myelitis update on November 20, 2018.

Latent Tuberculosis Infection Reporting

November 27, 2018
The Virginia Department of Health has added Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) to the Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control List. Diagnoses of LTBI are now required to be reported in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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