TN Health Alert Network (TNHAN) Archive

Dear Healthcare Providers,

The Tennessee Department of Health would like to bring awareness to a recent surge in measles cases both domestically and globally. Unfortunately, many patients with measles infection have had delayed identification in healthcare and community settings, leading to additional exposures and ongoing disease transmission. Clinicians should rapidly identify suspected measles infections, isolate patients quickly and inform public health by reporting suspected measles cases to the Tennessee Department of Health at 615-741-7247. Testing for measles infection is available through the Tennessee Department of Health with prior consultation and approval from the Vaccine Preventable Diseases team. 

Please see the following:  Tennessee Health Alert Network measles notification, Project Firstline AAP's Think Measles Info Sheet, and the recent CDC Health Advisory regarding measles

Thank you for your participation in public health in Tennessee. Please contact 615-741-7247 to reach the TDH Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Immunization Program.

Botulism-Like Illness After Cosmetic Injections

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and multiple other states to investigate botulism-like illness after reported botulinum toxin injections for cosmetic purposes. Botulinum toxin or "Botox" injections are typically regarded as safe therapy. However, administration with counterfeit product, improper technique, or incorrect dosage has resulted in botulism-like illness. TDH is communicating with medical providers to facilitate identification of recent cases of botulism-like illness following botulinum toxin injections and reduce the risk of misdiagnoses and worsening symptoms. Clinicians who identify botulism-like illness should notify the Tennessee Department of Health at 615-741-7247.