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Information About Enterovirus-D68
An increasing number of children in the Denver area have recently come down with a severe respiratory illness called enterovirus-D68. Denver Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to determine the extent of the illness and to prevent additional children from getting sick.
Symptoms of this illness include difficulty breathing, and wheezing in some patients. A fever is sometimes also present. Some children with severe illness have been hospitalized, including some needing pediatric intensive care.
There is not a vaccine for enterovirus. To protect yourself and loved ones against respiratory illnesses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups and utensils with people who are sick.
- Frequently disinfect touched surfaces, such as desks and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Make sure your family is up-to-date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.
- For kids with asthma, remember to always have an inhaler with them.
Free Parking Now Available at Denver Health and Denver Public Health
We are happy to announce that free parking is now available to patients and visitors in the Delaware Garage (600 Delaware Street) and the surface lots on the main campus, including the lot in front of the Public Health building!
Denver Vital Signs
The latest edition of Denver Vital Signs is now available! This edition focuses on Denver's Progress in Expanding Coverage and Improving Access to Care. Past editions of Denver Vital Signs are available on our Vital Signs webpage.
Registration Now Open for the 2014 Dr. Sbarbaro Lecture Series in Public Health
Dr. John Sbarbaro was a pioneer in improving the health of Denver and beyond. He started his career in public health
and helped develop the mode of tuberculosis treatment directly-observed therapy) that is now a core element in the
global plan for that disease. He went on to help found Denver Community Health Services – the network of neighborhood health centers that has grown
to provide high-quality medical care to one-third of Denver’s population – and managed the health care system that would
become Denver Health. The lectureship honors Dr. Sbarbaro’s legacy of iconoclastic, innovative public health and highlights the
need for creativity, courage and innovation as we face the public health problems of today.
This year's Sbarbaro Lecture will be held October 1, from 11:30 a.m - 1 pm at Four Mile Historic Part. Our guest speaker is Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The title of her lecture will be “Building a Culture of Health in America.” Space is limited, so early registration for the Sbarbaro Lecture is recommended.
Dr. William Burman and Dr. Judith Shlay Named "Top Doctors" by 5280 Magazine
Each year 5280 surveys Denver-area physicians to learn whom they would trust to treat
themselves or a loved one. We are proud to announce that both Dr. William Burman, director of Denver Public Health, and Dr. Judith Shlay,
associate director, were included on 5280's 2014 "Top Doctors" list in the Public Health and General Preventative Medicine specialty category.
Ebola Virus Disease Facts
Ebola virus disease (Ebola), first discovered in 1976, is a severe infectious disease that causes organ failure and death in humans. Outbreaks have occurred in parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
The World Health Organization recently declared the current Ebola outbreak an international public Health emergency. This means that stopping the outbreak, and limiting the spread, will require cooperation and coordination from countries around the world, not just those affected or nearby. The declaration is not meant to suggest that other countries will see Ebola cases.
To date, almost all cases of Ebola have been isolated to three nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health remain confident there remains very little risk to the U.S. population.
We encourage the public to become more familiar with Ebola facts by reading our online resources.
WATCH: Denver Public Health Director, Bill Burman spoke with CBS4 Denver about the health effects and concerns with Ebola.
Download our Ebola Fact Sheet.
Council District Level Health Reports
Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health released reports on the health of Denver’s residents within each City Council district. These reports document substantial disparities in a variety of health outcomes, such as premature death, teen birth, availability of health insurance, and use of tobacco. We hope these district-level reports help policy-makers and citizens work toward eliminating health disparities within Denver.