The Disease Outbreak Control Division (DOCD) comprises the Disease Investigation Branch, Immunization Branch, and Bioterrorism
Preparedness and Response (Public Health Preparedness) Branch. These programs work together to monitor, investigate, prevent, and
control infectious diseases in Hawaii, especially those preventable through immunizations, and to ensure Hawaii’s ability to respond
to emergencies that threaten the public’s health. Toward these goals, DOCD works to strengthen the relationships between the
Department of Health and other partners including laboratories, hospitals, schools, emergency response agencies, private
organizations, and the military.
IN THE NEWS:
Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus
Public health officials continue to closely monitor the situation of human infection with influenza A(H7N9). As of today,
there are still no reported cases outside of China.
Travelers to China: There are no travel restrictions to China at this time. For more information and recommendations
on travel to China, go to
Chinese public health officials have confirmed 16 cases of human infection with a novel avian influenza A (H7N9). At this time, no cases have been detected in Hawaii or the mainland United States.
For more information, go to:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/h7n9-virus.htm
World Health Organization - Frequently Asked Questions on human infection with influenza A(H7N9) virus, China http://www.who.int/influenza/human_animal_interface/faq_H7N9/en/index.html
Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
CRE is bacteria of increasing importance and danger. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) are concerned about the rapid rise and spread of CRE. Hawaii has no confirmed reports of CRE. Click here to learn more about CRE in Hawaii.