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Health Alerts, Notifications

This page lists the current health alerts of public health importance from DHEC.

  • 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.
  • Health Update: provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; unlikely to require immediate action.
  • Info Service: Provides general information that is not necessarily considered to be of an emergent nature.

If you are a public health professional interested in receiving health notifications from the South Carolina Health Alert Network via email, please contact Shana Dorsey, HAN Coordinator at (803) 898-0431 or email

Date Message Type Subject
10/13/2016 DHEC Health Advisory Illnesses and Injuries Following Natural Disasters
9/21/2016 DHEC Health Update 2016-2017 South Carolina Influenza Surveillance
8/26/2016 CDC Health Advisory Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills and Toxic Fentanyl-related Compounds Further Increases Risk of Fentanyl-related Overdose and Fatalities
8/1/2016 CDC Health Advisory CDC Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Investigation for Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida
7/27/2016 DHEC Health Advisory Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure—United States, July 2016
7/11/2016 DHEC Health Update Blood Lead Screening & Reporting
6/21/2016 CDC Health Update CDC Recommendations for Subsequent Zika IgM Antibody Testing
6/17/2016 CDC Health Advisory Best Practices for Using PCR to Diagnose Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis and Identify Serotype or Serogroup
6/13/2016 CDC Health Advisory Alert to U.S. Healthcare Facilities: First mcr-1 Gene in E. coli Bacteria found in a Human in the United States
5/25/2016 CDC Health Update Diagnostic Testing of Urine Specimens for Suspected Zika Virus Infection
5/18/2016 DHEC Health Update ZIKA Virus Disease Testing: Interim Guidance for Zika Virus Testing of Urine
5/5/2016 DHEC Health Advisory Clinical Advisory: Ocular Syphilis
5/5/2016 DHEC Health Advisory ZIKA Test Approved for Commercial Labs
3/25/2016 DHEC Health Advisory Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure — U.S., 2016
3/11/2016 CDC Health Update Revision to CDC's Zika Travel Notices: Minimal Likelihood for Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Transmission at Elevations Above 2,000 Meters
2/24/2016 DHEC Info Service Take Steps Now to Control Mosquitoes
2/23/2016 CDC Health Advisory Update: Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus — United States, 2016
2/19/2016 DHEC Health Advisory Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Infants and Children with Possible Zika Virus Infection - United States, 2016
2/6/2016 DHEC Health AdvisoryNew and Updated CDC Guidance Regarding Zika Virus
2/1/2016 CDC Health Advisory Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported
1/28/2016 CDC Health Advisory CDC Urging Dialysis Providers and Facilities to Assess and Improve Infection Control Practices to Stop Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
1/28/2016 DHEC Health Advisory Interim Guidelines for the Evaluation and Testing of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection – United States, 2016
1/22/2016 DHEC Health Advisory Increase in Shigellosis Cases in Pee Dee and Lowcountry Regions
1/21/2016 DHEC Health Advisory CDC Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak, United States, 2016
1/16/2016 CDC Health Advisory Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico
10/26/2015 CDC Health Advisory Increases in Fentanyl Drug Confiscations and Fentanyl-related Overdose Fatalities
10/8/2015 DHEC Health Advisory 2015-2016 South Carolina Influenza Surveillance
10/7/2015 DHEC Health Advisory Illnesses and Injuries Resulting from Floods
10/2/2015 CDC Health Update CDC/FDA Health Update about the Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices
9/18/2015 DHEC Health Advisory Patrons of Two Spartanburg County Hardee's Restaurants Possibly Exposed to Hepatitis A – Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Recommended
9/11/2015 CDC Health Advisory Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices
9/11/2015 DHEC Health Update Notice to Clinicians and Health Departments: Continued Vigilance Urged for Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis
6/19/2015 CDC Health Advisory Clinical Considerations for the Evaluation of Ill Travelers from Liberia to the United States
6/11/2015 CDC Health Advisory Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection
6/4/2015 CDC Health Advisory Ciprofloxacin- and Azithromycin-Nonsusceptible Shigellosis in the United States
6/2/2015 CDC Health Advisory Bird Infections with Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N2), (H5N8), and (H5N1) Viruses: Recommendations for Human Health Investigations and Response
5/29/2015 CDC Health Advisory Notice to Health Care Providers: Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli cases
4/24/2015 CDC Health Advisory Outbreak of Recent HIV and HCV Infections among Persons Who Inject Drugs
3/11/2015 DHEC Health Advisory Infectious Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (TB) in a Conway High School Individual
2/20/2015 DHEC Health Advisory Measles Clinical Assessment, Testing and Infection Control Guidance for Ambulatory Care Providers
1/29/2015 CDC Health Advisory New – 2015 List of Reportable Conditions
1/23/2015 CDC Health Advisory U.S. multi-state measles outbreak, December 2014 - January 2015
1/23/2015 DHEC Health Alert Simulated IV Saline Solution Resulting in Adverse Events
1/9/2015 CDC Health Update CDC Health Update Regarding Treatment of Patients with Influenza with Antiviral Medications