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Communicable Diseases

Clinical information on communicable/infectious disease topics including Influenza/Vaccines, Avian Flu, HIV/STD, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis.

Avian Flu

Clinically relevant articles about avian flu.

Assessment of King County Residents at Risk of Exposure to Avian Influenza & Suggestions for Reaching Populations at Risk

Concerns related to Avian flu transmission and risk in King County communities.  Links to additional resources of information in several languages.


Information about HIV/STD around cultural issues

HIV/STD Infection in Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans

Article about the epidemiology, beliefs, and high risk sexual practices HIV  and STD infection among Vietnamese residing in Vietnam and in the United States.

Stigma and HIV Care in America's African-born Community

A recorded webinar (1hr 7 min; requires Adobe Connect Add-in) presented by Roxanne Kerani, MD, MPH as part of The AIDS Clinical Conference series at Harborview Medical Center.  Includes information about the African-born population in King County (demography; HIV epidemiology), stigma (background; in the African-born population; and the HIV care continuum), non-stigma barriers to care, and strategies to improve engagement in care.


Information about cultural aspects of hepatitis to help inform clinical practice

Hepatitis Clinical Topics

Short cultural profiles (Amharic, Somali and Tigrinya populations) which provide a brief overview of some cultural understanding of hepatitis. 



Tuberculosis information geared to clinicians treating populations at high-risk for TB

Tuberculosis Resources for Clinicians

Information about cultural aspects of TB to help inform clinical practice. Includes information for clinicians about treating tuberculosis, specifically in immigrant populations, and some ethnic group-specific brief articles on cross-cultural and linguistic issues in tuberculosis.


Measles Outbreak Among Somali Community in Minnesota with Links to Seattle 
A health advisory released April 29, 2017 by Public Health - Seattle & King County

Measles Outbreak: A Somali Health Board presentation
A 1-hour video of a presentation about measles and the outbreak in Somali community in Minnesota, with discussion and education about concern in Somali communities of perceived link between MMR vaccine and autism. Presented at the Somali Health Board meeting, May 18, 2017. Presenters: Anisa Ibrahim, MD; Asli Ashkir, RN, PHN; Ahmed Ali, PharmD. Shared here with permission from the Somali Health Board.


Vaccine and LEP Patients
Information and talking points for providers speaking with patients who are reluctant to vaccinate. Includes summarized findings from focus groups Public Health-Seattle & King County held with local Somali community leaders to learn about their attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding vaccination, a toolkit for working with Russian community, and other materials addressing cultural approaches.

Zika Virus

Clinical resources for providers on Zika virus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designed an algorithm widget based on current recommendations to assist in clinical decision making about testing for Zika virus infection. Testing recommendations by area of travel are outlined at CDC's page on Zika virus for healthcare providers.