South Carolina Health Alert Network (HAN)

This page lists the current health alerts of public health importance from DHEC.

  • Health Alert: conveys the highest level of importance; warrants immediate action or attention.
  • Health Advisory: provides important information for a specific incident or situation; may not require immediate action.
  • Health Update: provides updated information regarding an incident or situation; unlikely to require immediate action.
  • Info Service: Provides general information that is not necessarily considered to be of an emergent nature.

If you are a public health professional interested in receiving health notifications from the South Carolina Health Alert Network via email, you may sign up by clicking on the link below and completing the registration form. If you are approved to join the Health Alert Network, then your contact information will be added to the ReadyOp system which is used to distribute health alerts.

South Carolina Health Alert Network Registration Form

For additional questions please contact Shana Dorsey, HAN Coordinator at (803) 898-0431 or email SCHAN@dhec.sc.gov.

Date Message Type Subject
2/22/2024 DHEC Health Advisory Increase in Ciprofloxacin and Penicillin Resistant Meningococcal Disease
12/14/2023 CDC Health Advisory Urgent Need to Increase Immunization Coverage for Influenza, COVID-19, and RSV Immunizations and Use of Authorized/Approved Therapeutics in the Setting of Increased Respiratory Disease Activity During the 2023 – 2024 Winter
12/11/2023 CDC Health Advisory Severe and Fatal Confirmed Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever among People with Recent Travel to Tecate, Mexico
12/7/2023 CDC Health Advisory Mpox Caused by Human-to-Human Transmission of Monkeypox Virus with Geographic Spread in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
11/22/2023 DHEC Health Info Service FDA Recall of Saline
11/14/2023 CDC Health Advisory High Blood Lead Levels in Children Consuming Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches
10/25/2023 DHEC Health Update Reporting of Xylazine-Positive Laboratory Results
10/23/2023 CDC Health Advisory Limited Availability of Nirsevimab in the United States—Interim CDC Recommendations to Protect Infants from Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) during the 2023–2024 Respiratory Virus Season
10/5/2023 DHEC Health Update 2023-2024 South Carolina Influenza Surveillance
9/7/2023 DHEC Health Advisory Penicillin G Benzathine (Bicillin L-A®) Shortage
9/6/2023 CDC Health Advisory Increased Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Activity in Parts of the Southeastern United States: New Prevention Tools Available to Protect Patients
9/1/2023 CDC Health Advisory Severe Vibrio vulnificus Infections in the United States Associated with Warming Coastal Waters
8/29/2023 CDC Health Update Important Updates on Locally Acquired Malaria Cases Identified in Florida, Texas, and Maryland
6/30/2023 CDC Health Advisory Wildfire Smoke Exposure Poses Threat to At-Risk Populations
6/27/2023 CDC Health Advisory Locally Acquired Malaria Cases Identified in the United States
6/21/2023 CDC Health Advisory Guidance on Measles during the Summer Travel Season
6/5/2023 DHEC Health Advisory Recommendations to Address the Sustained Increase in Syphilis Infections in South Carolina
6/5/2023 DHEC Health Advisory Recommendations to Address the Sustained Increase in Gonococcal and Chlamydia Infections in South Carolina
6/2/2023 CDC Health Update Important Updates on Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis in U.S. Patients Who Underwent Surgical Procedures under Epidural Anesthesia in Matamoros, Mexico
5/17/2023 CDC Health Advisory Outbreak of Suspected Fungal Meningitis in U.S. Patients who Underwent Surgical Procedures under Epidural Anesthesia in Matamoros, Mexico
5/15/2023 CDC Health Update Potential Risk for New Mpox Cases
5/11/2023 DHEC Health Update Updated COVID-19 Reporting Requirements
4/6/2023 CDC Health Advisory Marburg Virus Disease Outbreaks in Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania
3/3/2023 CDC Health Advisory Measles Exposure at a Large Gathering in Kentucky, February 2023 and Global Measles Outbreaks
3/2/2023 CDC Health Advisory Increased Chikungunya Virus Activity in Paraguay and Associated Risk to Travelers
2/24/2023 CDC Health Advisory Increase in Extensively Drug-Resistant Shigellosis in the United States
2/2/2023 CDC Health Advisory Outbreak of Extensively Drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Associated with Artificial Tears
12/22/2022 CDC Health Advisory Increase in Pediatric Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infections
12/21/2022 CDC Health Update Important Updates on COVID-19 Therapeutics for Treatment and Prevention
12/15/2022 CDC Health Advisory Interim Guidance for Clinicians to Prioritize Antiviral Treatment of Influenza in the Setting of Reduced Availability of Oseltamivir
11/18/2022 CDC Health Update Update on Managing Monkeypox in Patients Receiving Therapeutics
11/15/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Investigation of a Legionellosis Cluster in Darlington County
11/7/2022 CDC Health Update Update on Ebola Virus Disease (Sudan ebolavirus) Outbreak in Central Uganda
11/4/2022 CDC Health Advisory Increased Respiratory Virus Activity Especially Among Children Early in the 2022-2023 Fall and Winter
10/31/2022 CDC Health Advisory Outbreaks of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Highlight Importance of Maintaining and Monitoring Dental Waterlines
10/24/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Increase in Overdose Deaths and Health Hazards Associated with Xylazine in South Carolina
10/7/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Investigation of a Legionellosis Cluster in Richland County
10/6/2022 CDC Health Advisory Outbreak of Ebola virus disease (Sudan ebolavirus) in Central Uganda
10/2/2022 CDC Health Advisory Hurricanes Fiona and Ian—Clinical Guidance for Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning
9/30/2022 DHEC Health Update 2022-2023 South Carolina Influenza Surveillance
9/29/2022 CDC Health Advisory Severe Manifestations of Monkeypox among People who are Immunocompromised Due to HIV or Other Conditions
9/15/2022 CDC Health Advisory Severe Respiratory Illnesses Associated with Rhinoviruses and/or Enteroviruses Including EV-D68 – Multistate, 2022
9/14/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Enhanced Response for West Nile Virus, 2022
8/31/2022 CDC Health Advisory Variant Influenza Virus Infections: Recommendations for Identification, Treatment, and Prevention for Summer and Fall 2022
8/23/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Potential for the Resurgence of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
8/1/2022 DHEC/CDC Health Update Update for Clinicians on Monkeypox in People with HIV, Children and Adolescents, and People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
7/29/2022 DHEC Health Update Updated Guidance for the Evaluation and Treatment of Monkeypox (MPX)
7/29/2022 CDC Health Update Update for Clinicians on Testing and Treatment of Monkeypox
7/28/2022 CDC Health Advisory Melioidosis Locally Endemic in Areas of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Burkholderia pseudomallei Isolated in Soil and Water and Linked to Two Cases – Mississippi, 2020 and 2022
7/13/2022 CDC Health Advisory Recent Reports of Human Parechovirus (PeV) in the United States—2022
7/6/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Updated Guidance for Monkeypox Virus (MPXV) Evaluation
6/16/2022 DHEC Health Info Service 2020 Hospital Infections Disclosure Act (HIDA) Annual Report
6/15/2022 CDC Health Update Updated Case-finding Guidance: Monkeypox Outbreak—United States, 2022
5/24/2022 CDC Health Advisory COVID-19 Rebound After Paxlovid Treatment
5/20/2022 CDC Health Advisory Monkeypox Virus Infection in the United States and Other Non-endemic Countries—2022
5/11/2022 CDC Health Update Updated Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology
5/4/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Investigation of a Legionellosis Cluster in Beaufort County
4/30/2022 CDC Health Advisory Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) Virus: Recommendations for Human Health Investigations and Response
4/26/2022 CDC Health Advisory Updated Information on Availability and Use of Treatments for Outpatients with Mild to Moderate COVID-19 Who are at Increased Risk for Severe Outcomes of COVID-19
4/21/2022 CDC Health Advisory Recommendations for Adenovirus Testing and Reporting of Children with Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology
3/31/2022 DHEC Health Update COVID-19 Reporting Requirements
3/18/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Potential for the Resurgence of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
1/20/2022 DHEC Health Advisory Avian Influenza in a Wild Bird in South Carolina
1/13/2022 DHEC Health Info Service Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination Reminder
12/31/2021 CDC Health Advisory Using Therapeutics to Prevent and Treat COVID-19
12/25/2021 CDC Health Advisory Rapid Increase of Omicron Variant Infections in the United States: Management of Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure
12/2/2021 CDC Health Advisory New SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern Identified: Omicron (B.1.1.529) Variant
11/24/2021 CDC Health Advisory Increasing Seasonal Influenza A (H3N2) Activity, Especially Among Young Adults and in College and University Settings, During SARS-CoV-2 Circulation
11/5/2021 CDC Health Update Update: Expansion of Recall of LeadCare Blood Lead Tests Due to Risk of Falsely Low Results
11/4/2021 DHEC Health Update Update to CDC’s Blood Lead Reference Value for Children
11/3/2021 CDC Health Update Source Identified and Case Definition Established: Multistate Investigation of Non-travel Associated Burkholderia pseudomallei Infections (Melioidosis) in Four Patients: Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas – 2021
10/25/2021 CDC Health Update Source Implicated in Fatal Case in Georgia: Multistate Outbreak of Non-travel Associated Burkholderia pseudomallei Infections (Melioidosis) in Four Patients: Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas–2021
10/15/2021 CDC Health Update Expansion of Recall of LeadCare Blood Lead Tests Due to Risk of Falsely Low Results
10/12/2021 CDC Health Advisory Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Individuals Recently Evacuated from Afghanistan
9/29/2021 CDC Health Advisory   COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People to Prevent Serious Illness, Deaths, and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes from COVID-19
8/31/2021 DHEC Health Update Prevention and Management of Pediatric COVID-19 cases, and Reporting of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19
8/30/2021 CDC Health Advisory Rapid Increase in Ivermectin Prescriptions and Reports of Severe Illness Associated with Use of Products Containing Ivermectin to Prevent or Treat COVID-19
8/19/2021 DHEC Health Advisory Increase in Legionellosis Cases in Upstate Region
7/28/2021 CDC/DHEC Health Advisory Vaccination to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks with Current and Emergent Variants — United States, 2021
7/17/2021 CDC Health Advisory Potential Exposure to Person with Confirmed Human Monkeypox Infection — United States, 2021
7/6/2021 CDC Health Advisory Recall of LeadCare® Blood Lead Tests Due to Risk of Falsely Low Results
7/1/2021 CDC Health Advisory Multistate Investigation of Non-travel Associated Burkholderia pseudomallei Infections (Melioidosis) in Three Patients: Kansas, Texas, and Minnesota—2021
6/14/2021    DHEC Health Update COVID-19 Whole Genome Sequencing and Other Reporting Requirements
6/10/2021 CDC Health Advisory Increased Interseasonal Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Activity in Parts of the Southern United States
5/24/2021

DHEC Health Update

Reporting of At-Home COVID-19 Testing Results
5/6/2021 DHEC Health Advisory COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Cases
4/13/2021 CDC Health Alert Cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia after Receipt of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
4/8/2021 DHEC Health Update Continued Vigilance for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19
4/5/2021 CDC Health Advisory Acute Non-Viral Hepatitis of Unknown Etiology Potentially Associated with an Alkaline Water Product
2/24/2021 DHEC Health Advisory Extensively Drug-Resistant Salmonella Typhi Infections Among U.S. Residents Without International Travel
2/22/2021     DHEC Health Advisory COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Cases
12/21/2020 DHEC Health Advisory Increase in Fatal Drug Overdoses Across the United States Driven by Synthetic Opioids Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic
12/2/2020 DHEC Health Update Options to Shorten Quarantine for COVID-19
11/30/2020 DHEC Health Update Reporting of all COVID-19 Laboratory Results
11/16/2020 DHEC Health Update 2020-2021 South Carolina Influenza Surveillance
10/29/2020 DHEC Health Update Health Care Providers and Organizations Can Apply to Receive and Administer Vaccines
9/29/2020 DHEC Health Update School & Childcare Exclusion for COVID-19 Guidelines for Healthcare Providers
9/25/2020 DHEC Health Update Updated Interim Guidance on Testing for SARS-CoV-2
9/23/2020 DHEC Health Update Resources to Prevent Opioid Overdoses in South Carolina
9/22/2020 DHEC Health Update Provider Survey for COVID-19 Vaccine Administration
9/18/2020 DHEC Health Update Overview of Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19
8/29/2020 DHEC Health Update Reporting of COVID-19 Positive and Negative Laboratory Results
8/10/2020 DHEC Health Advisory Maintain Awareness of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)
7/22/2020 CDC Health Update Updated Interim Guidance on Ending Isolation for COVID-19 Infection and Healthcare Worker Return to Work
7/14/2020 DHEC Info Service New Guidelines for Hepatitis A Vaccination
7/6/2020 CDC Health Advisory Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-based Hand Sanitizers
6/26/2020 DHEC Health Update Resources to Provide to COVID-19 Cases and Close Contacts
6/19/2020 DHEC Health Update Interim Guidance on testing of close contacts to a confirmed case of COVID-19
6/19/2020 CDC Health Advisory Detection of Ciprofloxacin-resistant, β-lactamase-producing Neisseria meningitidis Serogroup Y Isolates, United States, 2019–2020
6/1/2020 DHEC Health Update COVID-19 Antibody Testing Guidance
5/20/2020 DHEC Health Update COVID-19 testing considerations for community healthcare providers
5/15/20 CDC Health Advisory Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
5/11/2020 DHEC Health Update Updated guidance to end COVID-19 transmission-based precautions and healthcare worker return to work
5/6/2020 DHEC Health Advisory Continuing Hepatitis A Vaccination amid COVID-19 Response
4/25/2020 DHEC Health Update COVID-19 Antibody Testing for Immunity & Return-to-Work Decisions
4/22/2020 DHEC Health Update Updated reporting criteria for 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
4/21/2020 DHEC Health Update COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance Update & N95 Optimization Strategies
4/6/2020 DHEC Health Update Updated Guidance for COVID-19 case follow-up, guidelines for isolation and quarantine and cloth mask use
3/29/2020 DHEC Health Update Testing Prioritization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Laboratory Testing and Case Reporting
3/28/2020 CDC Health Update Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019
3/21/2020 DHEC Health Update DHEC Guidance on the Discontinuation of Isolation and Quarantine & DHEC Guidance on the Management of Healthcare Personnel (HCPs) who are positive for COVID-19 or exposed to COVID-19 patients
3/16/2020 DHEC / CDC Health Update Updated DHEC Guidance on Patient COVID-19 Testing & CDC Information and Guidance about Global Travel on Cruise Ships, Including River Cruises, due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
3/13/2020 DHEC Health Update Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Testing and Reporting in South Carolina
3/12/2020 DHEC Health Update Updated and Interim Guidance for SC Healthcare Providers for Testing for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
3/5/2020 DHEC Health Update Updated and Interim Guidance for SC Healthcare Providers on Evaluating Patients and Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
2/28/2020 CDC / DHEC Update Service Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
2/6/2020 DHEC Health Info Service Updated Zika Testing Guidelines
2/2/2020 CDC Health Update Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
1/29/2020 DHEC Health Update Mumps Outbreak associated with the College of Charleston
1/21/2020 CDC Health Update Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China
1/13/2020 CDC Health Update 2020 South Carolina List of Reportable Conditions
1/10/2020 CDC Health Advisory Elevated Influenza Activity: Influenza B/Victoria and A(H1N1)pdm09 Viruses are the Predominant Viruses
1/9/2020 CDC Health Advisory  Outbreak of Pneumonia of Unknown Etiology (PUE) in Wuhan, China

All health alerts prior to 1/1/2020 are located on the SC Health Alert Network (HAN) Archive page.

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