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Disease Outbreaks

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Recent Disease Outbreaks & Incidents

Up to date information on the latest disease outbreaks that are affecting public health both locally and around the world.

Preparing for Influenza and Other Respiratory Illnesses, such as COVID-19

What is a flu pandemic?

A pandemic disease occurs when a novel (new) virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population; the virus spreads easily from person-to-person worldwide and can cause serious illness.

What can be done to prevent Influenza and other respiratory illness, such as COVID-19?

Appleton Health Department is in close contact with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) for updated information and through our ongoing preparedness efforts we can keep the safety of our community in the forefront.

Appleton Health Department would like to remind the public of important prevention measures they can take to protect themselves and their families:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a disposable tissue then wash your hands
  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home from work, school or childcare if sick
  • Avoid close contact to a sick person
  • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces
  • It is not too late to get a flu shot!

Additional Information:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

World Health Organization

 

Ebola

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) causes hemorrhagic fever, a severe illness marked by fever, bleeding (hemorrhagic), organ failure and death in 50 to 90 percent of those infected.  Click on the links below to learn more.

 Ebola Fact Sheet

Facts About Ebola Infographic from CDC

Information for healthcare workers and settings.

Information for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), law enforcement and fire personnel.

Information for hospitals.