Health Alerts

The following urgent health information is distributed through the North Dakota Health Alert Network.

Health alerts are announcements released by local, state or federal public health authorities to inform public health and medical professionals about likely or imminent dangers to the health of the community.

Categories of Health Alert messages:

  • 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; no immediate action necessary.
  • HAN Information: is used to distribute general correspondence which is not necessarily considered to be of an emergent nature.

Health Alert messages are distributed by the NDHAN to local public health units, clinics, hospitals, physicians, tribal health, and statewide health associations, including the North Dakota Nurses Association, the North Dakota Healthcare Association and the North Dakota Medical Association.


ND HAN: 193071602 Best Practices for Using PCR to Diagnose Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis and Identify Serotype or Serogroup (7/11/2016)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is forwarding the following information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding best practices for using PCR to diagnose Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis and identify serotype or serogroup.
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ND HAN: 1781601 Multi-State Outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia (6/27/2016)
Outbreak of Burkholdia cepacia
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'ND HAN: 1781602 Use of Flumist (6/27/2016)
Advisory against the use of Flumist
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Mumps in ND (3/16/2016)
Information on Mumps in North Dakota
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Zika Virus Testing and Surveillance Updates (2/26/2016)
This health update addresses the following topics: Increased surveillance for Zika virus infections. Testing infants and children for evidence of Zika virus infection. Updates on sexual transmission of Zika virus and the availability of RT-PCR testing at the North Dakota Department of Health.
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Zika Virus Guidance (2/5/2016)
The purpose of this health update is to give health care providers additional information about Zika virus, sexual transmission of the virus, updated recommendations for pregnant women, and interim guidance for infants. Although this HAN provides a high level summary of the guidance, providers are encouraged to read the guidance documents in their entirety.
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Zika Virus Guidance (1/20/2016)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed information and guidance regarding the Zika virus epidemic in the Americas, including clinical considerations for travelers. This mosquito-borne virus is currently being transmitted in several areas in Mexico, Central and South America, as well as in the Caribbean.
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HAN Alert Legionnaires Disease (11/6/2015)
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is investigating two possible travel-related cases of Legionnaires’ disease.
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