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CDPH Health Advisory:
Ongoing Risk of Highly Drug-Resistant Infections in Patients Following Hospitalization or Invasive Procedures in Tijuana, Mexico

November 19, 2019

  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is alerting healthcare providers to the ongoing risk of infections caused by Verona integron-encoded metallo-beta-lactamase (VIM)-producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM-CRPA) in patients following hospitalization or invasive procedures in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is requesting that clinicians call the Communicable Disease Control Program at 562.570.4302 to report any cases of VIM-CRPA or other unusual or highly resistant organisms.
  • Mechanism testing to confirm carbapenemase-producing bacteria can also be requested through the Long Beach Health Department.
  • The CDPH Health Advisory below summarizes the current situation and provides guidance on screening, testing, and infection control measures.
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New Case of Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury Reported in Long Beach

November 7, 2019

  • As of November 4, 2019, there have been three total cases of serious vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI) in Long Beach residents. No deaths have been reported.
  • All three cases reported vaping with THC products prior to becoming ill.
  • Providers are reminded to report cases of severe respiratory illness among patients who recently used vaping products by calling the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at 562.570.4302 during regular business hours.
  • Statewide, cases continue. Since October 29, 2019, there have been 144 cases and three deaths reported in California, and 1,888 cases reported nationwide.
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