19th Annual Chicago Infection Control Conference


19th Annual Chicago Infection Control Conference will be held on May 30, 2014 at Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611-3428.

Registration and agenda information to follow.

Vaccine Recall - Gardasil ®

Vaccine Recall - Gardasil ®
On December 20, 2013, Merck announced a voluntary recall of one lot (lot J007354) of Gardasil® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], due to the potential for a small number of vials to contain glass particles as a result of breakage during the manufacturing process.  Vaccines from the affected lot were distributed between August 20, 2013, and October 9, 2013. No other lots are affected.  Providers who received either a private or public (VFC) shipment of this lot were to be contacted by Merck on December 20, 2013. Merck mailed a “Dear Customer” letter, which includes information on returning the vaccine. Please click here to see a sample letter. Patients who recently received HPV vaccination do not need to take any action. In addition, patients who received vaccine from the affected lots do not need to be revaccinated.

For additional information about this vaccine recall please go to: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/s1220-gardasil-vaccine.html

Congenital Syphilis Reporting

The incidence of congenital syphilis (CS) in the United States has declined substantially in recent years and the majority of reported cases remain preventable. However, in Chicago, this is not the case. In 2012, a total of 21 cases of CS were reported to the Chicago Department of Public Health; a 50% increase compared to 2011.

Compliance with recommendations of the CDC and the Illinois state law requires that you conduct at minimum of two serological syphilis tests with all pregnant clients in your care. All positive blood tests, diagnoses, or treatment for syphilis should be reported to the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) no later than seven days after laboratory notification of positive test result.

To enhance surveillance of congenital syphilis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new Congenital Syphilis Case Investigation and Report Form. As a result, the CDPH STI Surveillance unit has also created a revised local Congenital Syphilis Worksheet. The CS Worksheet should be completed for all pregnant females delivering newborns at your facility and reported to the CDPH STI Surveillance Unit no later than 2 days after delivery.  To access the worksheet please click here.

All positive blood tests, diagnoses, or treatment for syphilis should be reported to the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) no later than seven days after laboratory notification of positive test result.  To report a CS case, please fax CS worksheet to 312-355-1915. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Syphilis Epidemiologist, Irina Tabidze, MD, MPH at 312-413-8032.  A full copy of the CDPH Memo regarding congenital syphilis can be accessed here.

Inter-facility Infection Control Transfer Form

An inter-facility infection prevention transfer form has been developed as part of a regional effort to improve communication between acute and long-term healthcare facilities. The purpose of the form is to convey information about a patient’s isolation precautions and the reason for their implementation to the receiving facility. The sending facility should record current infection and colonization information. The form is not intended to be a comprehensive documentation of microbiologic history and does not replace review of medical records and communication between care providers. 

Please fill out this form and send it with all patients being transferred between facilities, regardless of whether or not they require isolation.

Please click here for the form.

Questions or feedback about the form may be addressed to Stephanie Black, MD, MSc at stephanie.black@cityofchicago.org or 312-746-6034.

Updated Guidance for Reportable Disease Reporting

Updated Guidance for Reportable Disease Reporting to the Chicago Department of Public Health

Effective immediately, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is encouraging use of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) INEDSS system to submit reportable disease reports to CDPH. Reporters should now enter their reports into IDPH’s web-based INEDSS system.

For more information and instructions on how to register for INEDSS, please click here.

Chicago Medical Reserve Corp

Volunteers Needed for the MRC

The Chicago Department of Public Health’s Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) is in constant need of volunteers to help during a public health emergency.  If you can volunteer your time and professional services, please complete our contact information form to be added to the team.

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