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We prevent the spread of disease in San Francisco by investigating cases and outbreaks, promoting vaccination, and planning for infectious disease emergencies.

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Pregnant Women Need Pertussis Vaccine!

A pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic was declared in California in June 2014. As of June 24th, 4,558 cases have been reported across California. San Francisco is also experiencing an increase in pertussis cases. Pertussis is a very contagious disease, caused by bacteria. People of all ages can get pertussis, but babies are most in danger of having problems from it.

All pregnant women should get a pertussis vaccine, called Tdap during each pregnancy. Tdap vaccine is safe for you and your baby. Some of the protection you get from Tdap during pregnancy passes to your baby. This will help protect your baby until he or she is old enough to get the first pertussis vaccine at 2 months of age. If you are pregnant, talk with your medical provider about pertussis vaccine. Learn more about how to prevent pertussis.

Medical providers: read the new Pertussis Health Update     

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Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68 has not been detected in San Francisco. It has been identified in a number of US states, and there are now a few cases identified in Southern California. Enterovirus D68 is not a new disease, but recently cases have been on the rise in the US.

Enterovirus D68 causes symptoms that are similar to the symptoms of a cold or flu, especially cough, but often without fever. People with the disease may have only mild symptoms. In children with asthma, the virus can cause serious breathing problems. As always, if your child has difficulty breathing or wheezing, it is very important to seek medical care immediately.

For more information on how to prevent spread of enterovirus infections, click here.

Medical Providers: we encourage you to consider testing children in the intensive care unit with severe respiratory illness. For more information, visit our health alerts page.

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Ebola Virus Disease: Information for San Francisco

San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is carefully monitoring developments with the current outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa. No Ebola cases have been reported in the United States, and Ebola poses little risk to the San Francisco general population at this time.

For comprehensive information about the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, including updated information for health care professionals and the public, please visit the  US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola webpage.

For general information about Ebola Virus Disease, review the SFDPH Ebola Virus Information webpage.

San Francisco medical providers, hospitals, and laboratories, please review the SFDPH Ebola Health Advisory 

 
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