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Emergent Health Issues

Emergent health issues significantly impact a community's health. Management of emergent disease requires a collaborative effort between the Department of Behavioral & Community Health, Healthcare Providers, and Laboratories, including prompt investigation and response facilitated through the immediate reporting of suspected emergent diseases.

Please contact the Communicable Disease Control Division by calling 845-486-3402 to make a report, request clinical submission, or for treatment guidance.

Current Emerging Health Issues

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Formerly 2019-nCoV) 

This novel coronavirus was first identified in late-December 2019 in Wuhan City, China.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first two travel-related cases of COVID-19 in the United States on January 21st and 24th. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation.  Current information about the outbreak including guidance, precautions, and infection control is available on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.


Hepatitis A

The medical community has noticed an unusual increase in hepatitis A cases nationwide resulting from person-to-person contact among specific groups. Dutchess County lso seen an increase in similar cases beginning late-October 2019. Healthcare providers have been alerted with specific guidance.

Measles Status in Dutchess County

While there have been no cases of measles in Dutchess County, the Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) considers measles to be a potentially emergent disease, given recent outbreaks in neighboring counties. DBCH has issued the following:

*Healthcare providers who need assistance may call DBCH at 845-486-3402.

Increase in Cyclosporiasis Cases in Dutchess County

DBCH Public Health Alert (07/16/2019)

The Department of Behavioral & Community Health encourages local providers to consider the following:

For more information, visit DutchessNY/gov/Providers or view the NYSDOH advisory in full.

Other Emerging Health Issues

For information regarding these diseases, as well as those not mentioned, including diagnostic and treatment guidelines, please contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Information Service or visit or New York State Department of Health.