Elkhart County Health Department
DPH Alerts CT Residents of an additional area of active Zika transmmission in Miami Beach, Florida. CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the agency’s response to this emerging health threat and yesterday the Secretary of the Department Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, declared a public health emergency in the United States.
Then, if needed, institutions and food service operations that find they served any recalled product within the last two weeks should contact their local health department and communicate to their customers regarding possible exposure to hepatitis A virus and the potential benefit of post exposure prophylaxis.
Will continue providing public health services which includes immunizations, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, chronic disease prevention, WIC services, Environmental Health, vital statistics, and public services such as school health, healthy start, healthy families and tobacco prevention programs.
The principals of preventing and controlling communicable diseases after a disaster are to – (a) implement as soon as possible all public health measures, to reduce the risk of disease transmission; (b) organize a reliable disease reporting system to identify outbreaks and to promptly initiate control measures; and (c) investigate all reports of disease outbreaks rapidly (5).
US constitution weighs heavily on individuals liberty and as such every decision, be it for the sake of public health or justice must put into consideration the individuals liberty before the public’s interest which is why Beauchamp’s arguments in favor of limiting individual’s liberty for the common good is consistent with his view of public health as a social justice.