As of October, 14 cases of Group A Invasive Streptococcal Disease have been reported in Kalamazoo County during 2011. In the past 10 years, we recorded an average of four cases per year. Invasive strep A is when the strep A organism gets into a sterile site (usually the blood). The youngest case in 2011 was 15; the oldest was 94 (average age was 70 years). Five of the 14 cases died.

Between March 1 and April 6, 2011, 10 cases of invasive strep A were reported to the KCHCS communicable disease nurses. Investigation revealed that three of the cases lived in the same nursing home. We contacted the nursing home’s Infection Control nurse, who informed us that a staff member had strep throat. We worked with the IC nurse to have employees and residents tested if symptomatic.

Syphilis outbreak – 22 total cases in 2011.

Targeted education towards the men who have sex with men community.

Collaborative Efforts with the Community:

Health Expo held at the Douglass Center (STD & HIV testing, Immunizations), STD testing held at CARES monthly, Immunizations at Gospel Mission monthly, Public Health Education classes held at the Gospel Mission monthly

National HIV Testing Day: June 27th, 2011

  • 94 people tested at 3 different sites.
  • 1 positive