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Public Health Updates
10 April 2015 – Increases in gastrointestinal illness in the community:
The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit has received reports of clusters of gastrointestinal illness in the community. All clusters of illness are also reportable to the Unit, including diarrhoea and/or vomiting. Reports from the hospital and from private physician offices inform the ESU of the possibility of a disease outbreak in the community.
A person can become ill with gastrointestinal illness such as diarrhea and vomiting by consuming contaminated food or water, directly from an ill person or contact with infected surfaces.
Most importantly, persons who have symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea should not attend work and should not handle food for others while ill. Professional food handlers should consult their physician or the Department of Health before returning to work. Food that may have been contaminated by an ill person should be disposed of properly. Children with diarrhea and or vomiting should not attend school or day care center until 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhea or vomiting
All members of the community have a role in preventing infectious disease outbreaks and in assisting the ESU to quickly identify an outbreak so that control measures can be put into place.

 

Diarrhea and Vomiting Factsheet
[PDF 117 Kb]

 
Public Health Updates
11 February 2015 – Suspected Case of Measles
The Department of Health can confirm that the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit is investigating a suspected case of measles on the island. Close contacts of that individual are being informed and advised.
No cases of measles have been identified in Bermuda since 1990. However, measles is still endemic in many parts of the world, and outbreaks can occur in Bermuda when unvaccinated groups are exposed to imported measles virus, of if susceptible individuals travel to areas where measles is occurring. The current outbreaks in parts of the United States pose a particular risk to Bermuda.
Measles can cause serious complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and prevention of infection is important. Fortunately, measles is a vaccine preventable disease. If you or your child has not been vaccinated against measles (MMR vaccine), contact your physician for advice. For measles vaccinations, children should visit their pediatrician or the Child Health Clinic, located at the Hamilton Health Centre, 67 Victoria Street, Hamilton.
Assuring adequate protection from measles and other vaccine preventable diseases is especially important prior to travel abroad.
For more information about travel vaccinations, contact the Travel Clinic at 278-6460 or check the website
www.health.gov.bm.

 

Measles Fact Sheet
[PDF 117 Kb]


 

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Seawater Monitoring Programme for Bathing Beaches  
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The Department of Health routinely samples and tests seawater from Bermuda's beaches for enterococci, a group of bacteria which are used as indicators of faecal pollution. Enterococci are present in human and animal waste and can enter marine waters from a variety of sources such as storm water runoff, animal and seabird waste, failing septic systems, sewage effluent, or boating waste.

We follow the US EPA Recreational Water Quality Criteria for Marine Water, which are based on extensive scientific studies and projects. The recent 2012 guidelines recommend that culturable enterococci for marine bathing waters do not exceed a geometric mean of 35 colony forming units (cfu) per 100milliltres of water over a 30 day period. Also, a single value of 130 cfu enterococci per 100ml should not be exceeded by more than 10% of the samples taken at that particular location.

During the peak months of May to September, Environmental Health Officers typically collect water samples at the most popular beaches with the larger beaches having multiple sampling points. As a result, approximately sixteen samples are collected twice a week.

Test results are available in 24 hours and if enterococci levels exceed 130 cfu/100ml at any location, that location is resampled and re-tested. To date, when this has occurred, re-testing has shown that the enterococci count has decreased to an acceptable level.

The following graphs summarize the water quality based on samples collected for the period indicated.


Department of Health

On-Shore Seawater Sampling 2014 for the period of 8 April – 30 October, 2014


West End Sampling Sites
[PDF 185 Kb]

Central Sampling Sites
[PDF 182 Kb]
 
East End Sampling Sites
[PDF 183 Kb]

References

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Water Sampling Results

Further Information

2013-2014 STEPS to a Well Bermuda 
STEPS@gov.bm

Click here to view the STEPS Frequently Asked Questions

Participants:

By now you may have received a postcard indicating that your household has been selected for STEPs to a Well Bermuda. If you have any queries  about the STEPS process, please email steps@gov.bm. You may also view the Participant Information Form here.

We thank you for your anticipated cooperation,
The STEPs to a Well Bermuda Team

 

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Hamilton HM 12
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Hamilton HM 12
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Hamilton HM 12
P.O. Box HM 1195, Hamilton HM EX
Telephone: 278-6440
   
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