From February to early April, Ascel Bio forecasts an increase incidence of invasive S. pneumoniae in Arizona. Current data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows increasing invasive streptococcal disease activity and 104 reported cases of the infection through February 1st.
Symptoms for pneumococcal pneumonia can include chest pain, shortness of breath, sudden onset of fever and productive cough. Diagnosis is performed by chest x-ray and clinical exam of symptoms. Pneumococcal disease is treated with antibiotic therapy determined by patient conditions and strain susceptibility. Current preventative measures include two vaccines Prevnar-13 (Pfizer) and Pneumovax 23 (Merck) with certain patient criteria. Additional precautions includes hand-washing and awareness when sick or interacting with sick persons.
South Dakota, Tennessee, and Ohio are also forecast to see an increase in disease activity in the month ahead.
Dan Nguyen joined Ascel Bio as a DiseaseCast contributor in January 2016. He holds a B.S. in Health Sciences and is currently a Medical Assistant working in New York State. Dan brings a passionate interest in clinical best practices and global health care issues to his reportage on disease outbreaks.