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Last Updated:  September 08, 2020

The Health Alert Network (HAN) is a nationwide system for coordinating and distributing important information about public health events. It helps us strengthen our emergency preparedness at the local, state and federal levels.

Message Categories

  • 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. 

About the Health Alert Network

In Nebraska we use the HAN to distribute health alerts, prevention guidelines and other information. We can notify health care providers, hospitals, and local health departments immediately by e-mail and fax. We also have a voice notification system to reach our state public health employees and health departments immediately. We can also share information with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, laboratories, pharmacies, veterinarians and other health agencies. The HAN can also be used for distance learning, national disease surveillance, and electronic laboratory reporting.

The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds the HAN with grant money. Our goal is to improve the communications infrastructure for all Nebraska public health agencies and our partners.  To help meet this goal, the HAN:

  • Uses high-speed, secure Internet connections for local health officials and provides access to CDC's prevention recommendations, practice guidelines, and disease data.
  • Creates a secure web site and emergency messaging system for communications among health agencies for bioterrorism and all other public health threats.
  • Establishes a distance learning capability to foster greater public health organizational capacity and public health professional development.

Health Alerts 

UPDATE09082020.pdfUPDATE09082020Updated Testing Guidance for COVID-199/8/2020
ADVISORY07092020.pdfADVISORY07092020CDC HAN: Serious Adverse Health Events Associated with Methanol-Based Hand Sanitizers7/9/2020
ADVISORY06242020.pdfADVISORY06242020Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections Linked to Bagged Salad6/24/2020
ADVISORY06192020.pdfADVISORY06192020Covid-19 Serology Testing6/19/2020
ADVISORY 06192020.pdfADVISORY 06192020West Nile Virus disease in Nebraska6/19/2020
ADVISORY06022020.pdfADVISORY06022020COVID-19 and Remdesivir Use 6/2/2020
ADVISORY06012020.pdfADVISORY06012020Lyme disease in Nebraska 6/1/2020
ADVISORY05182020.pdfADVISORY05182020Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Associated with COVID-195/18/2020
ADVISORY05062020.pdfADVISORY05062020Tick borne diseases in Nebraska May 06, 20205/6/2020
ADVISORY04212020.pdfADVISORY04212020Need for Increased COVID-19 Testing: Increased In-State Capacity4/21/2020
ADVISORY04022020.pdfADVISORY04022020Ordering COVID-19 Test at Nebraska Public Health Lab4/3/2020
UPDATE03292020.pdfUPDATE03292020Updated Guidance on Evaluation and  Testing Persons for COVID-19 CORRECTED3/29/2020
ADVISORY03232020.pdfADVISORY03232020Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Nebraska Dental Health Community3/23/2020
ADVISORY 03232020.pdfADVISORY 03232020Recommendations to returning out-of-state travelers3/23/2020
ADVISORY03192020.pdfADVISORY03192020COVID-19 Updated Recommendations 3/19/2020
UPDATE03162020.pdfUPDATE03162020Information and Guidance about Global Travel on Cruise Ships due to COVID-193/16/2020
UPDATE03132020.pdfUPDATE03132020Updated guidelines for laboratory testing for COVID-19 3/13/2020
ADVISORY03112020.pdfADVISORY03112020Updated guidance on evaluating and testing persons for COVID-19 3/11/2020
UPDATE03032020.pdfUPDATE03032020COVID-19 Outbreak Update3/3/2020
ADVISORY02252020.pdfADVISORY02252020COVID-19 Outbreak2/25/2020
UPDATE02012020.pdfUPDATE02012020Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus2/1/2020
ADVISORY01302020.pdfADVISORY013020202019 Novel Coronavirus Update1/30/2020
ADVISORY01232020.pdfADVISORY01232020Wuhan Novel Coronavirus 20191/23/2020
ADVISORY01142020.pdfADVISORY01142020Outbreak of Pneumonia of Unknown Etiology in China1/14/2020
ADVISORY01132020.pdfADVISORY01132020Elevated Influenza Activity1/13/2020
ADVISORY12062019.pdfADVISORY12062019Risk Associated with Unapproved Products Derived from Stem Cells, Placenta, and Umbilical Cord Blood 12/6/2019
UPDATE11202019.pdfUPDATE11202019Antimicrobial Resistance Threats and Antibiotic Awareness Week11/20/2019
UPDATE 11202019.pdfUPDATE 11202019Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Fresh Blackberries Purchased at Fresh Thyme Grocery Stores11/20/2019
ADVISORY11082019.pdfADVISORY11082019Increased Number of Hepatitis A Cases in the Metro Omaha Area11/8/2019
ADVISORY11042019.pdfADVISORY110420192019-2020 Influenza Vaccination and Testing Guidelines11/4/2019
UPDATE09112019.pdfUPDATE09112019STD Public Health Update on Trichomoniasis9/11/2019
ADVISORY09032019.pdfADVISORY09032019Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E-cigarette Products9/3/2019
ADVISORY08292019.pdfADVISORY08292019Mumps Outbreak 8/29/2019
ADVISORY08222019.pdfADVISORY08222019Severe Pulmonary Disease related to Vaping8/22/2019
UPDATE07082019.pdfUPDATE07082019Influenza Summer Update July 8, 20197/8/2019
UPDATE07032019.pdfUPDATE07032019Cluster of NDM CP-CRE July 3, 20197/5/2019
ADVISORY06252019.pdfADVISORY06252019Black legged tick in Nebraska June 25, 20196/25/2019
ADVISORY06132019.pdfADVISORY06132019Increase in antibiotic resistant organisms, June 13th, 20196/13/2019
ADVISORY05312019.pdfADVISORY05312019West Nile Virus diseases Nebraska May 31, 20195/31/2019
ADVISORY05032019.pdfADVISORY05032019Measles Outbreaks in the United States May 3, 20195/3/2019
ADVISORY042319.pdfADVISORY042319Lyme Disease in Nebraska4/23/2019
ADVISORY041119.pdfADVISORY041119Outbreaks of Hepatitis A among people using drugs or experiencing homelessness4/11/2019
ADVISORY031919.pdfADVISORY031919Tick borne diseases Nebraska3/19/2019
UPDATE122118.pdfUPDATE122118Influenza Update12/21/2018
ADVISORY122018.pdfADVISORY122018M. Chimaera Infection 12/20/2018
ADVISORY121018.pdfADVISORY121018Spke in Norovirus Outbreaks12/10/2018
ADVISORY111518.pdfADVISORY111518Antibiotic Resistance11/15/2018
UPDATE110918.pdfUPDATE110918AFM Update: What Providers Need to Know11/9/2018
ADVISORY092118.pdfADVISORY092118False-positive Vibrio and Yersinia results on Culture-Independent Diagnostic Testing (CIDT)9/21/2018
UPDATE090518.pdfUPDATE090518AFM Update9/5/2018
UPDATE060818.pdfUPDATE060818Diagnosing and Managing Shigella Infections6/8/2018
UPDATE052918.pdfUPDATE0529182018 HAN Summertime WNV Update May 29, 20185/29/2018
ADVISORY043018.pdfADVISORY043018Multi-state outbreak of serratia marcescens bloodstream infections4/30/2018
ADVISORY062018.pdfADVISORY062018Tick borne diseases in Nebraska4/23/2018
ADVISORY122817.pdfADVISORY122817Influenza A activity and antiviral treatment12/28/2017
ADVISORY110617.pdfADVISORY110617HIPPA and the Opioid Crisis11/6/2017
UPDATE102517.pdfUPDATE102517Zika Update10/25/2017
UPDATE080717.pdfUPDATE080717Zika Lab Testing Recommendations8/8/2017
Advisory071117.pdfAdvisory071117Patients Receiving Eculizumab (Soliris®) at High Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease Despite Vaccination7/11/2017
UPDATE060217.pdfUPDATE060217HAN Summertime WNV Update 20176/2/2017
ADVISORY051817.pdfADVISORY051817Potential for Falsely Low Blood Lead Test Results from LeadCare Analyzers5/18/2017
ADVISORY051517.pdfADVISORY051517Prolonged IgM Antibody Response in People Infected with Zika 5/17/2017
UPDATE041717.pdfUPDATE041717Measles Update4/17/2017
UPDATE032717.pdfUPDATE032717Additional exposure identified from confirmed case of Measles 3/27/2017
Advisory032317.pdfAdvisory032317Confirmed case of Measles with exposures in Omaha, Papillion, La Vista3/23/2017
UPDATE020617.pdfUPDATE020617Reportable Disease Regulations Update2/6/2017
ADVISORY012717.pdfADVISORY012717Seoul Virus Outbreak1/30/2017
UPDATE121216.pdfUPDATE121216Follow-up: Contamination of heater cooler devices with M. chimaera12/14/2016
ADVISORY121416.pdfADVISORY121416CDC Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Investigation for Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas12/14/2016
UPDATE120616.pdfUPDATE120616Contamination of Open Heart Surgery Heater-Cooler Devices with M. chimaera12/7/2016
UPDATE111816.pdfUPDATE111816Increase in Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases 11/18/2016
UPDATE103116.pdfUPDATE1031162016-17 Influenza Vaccination and Testing Guidelines11/1/2016
ADVISORY101916.pdfADVISORY101916Updated Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Zika10/27/2016
ADVISORY101316.pdfADVISORY101316CDC Advises Hospitals to Alert Patients at Risk from Contaminated Heater-Cooler10/21/2016
UPDATE092016.pdfUPDATE092016CDC Updates Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection9/22/2016
UPDATE072916.pdfUPDATE072916Addition of Acute Flaccid Myelitis to Nebraska Reportable Disease List7/29/2016
ADVISORY070516.pdfADVISORY070516Subsequent Zika virus IgM Antibody Testing7/5/2016
ADIVISORY062916.pdfADIVISORY062916Multi-state outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia infections6/30/2016
UPDATE060816.pdfUPDATE060816Measures to Control Mumps Outbreak Including Mumps Vaccine6/9/2016
ADVISORY053116.pdfADVISORY053116Mumps Outbreak Update5/31/2016
ADVISORY051916.pdfADVISORY051916Mumps Outbreak5/20/2016
ADVISORY041416.pdfADVISORY041416Laboratory Handling and Diagnostics for Francisella tularensis4/14/2016
ADVISORY032816.pdfADVISORY032816Tick-Borne Diseases in Nebraska3/28/2016
ADVISORY022516.pdfADVISORY022516Pediatric Influenza Death2/26/2016
UPDATE021816.pdfUPDATE021816Influenza Health Advisory2/18/2016
ADVISORY020916.pdfADVISORY020916Zika Virus Background and Recommendations2/9/2016
ADVISORY020816.pdfADVISORY020816Increases in Fentanyl Drug Confiscations and Fentanyl-related Overdose Fatalities2/8/2016
ADVISORY012716.pdfADVISORY012716CDC Urging Dialysis Providers and Facilities to Assess and Improve1/29/2016
UPDATE100215.pdfUPDATE100215CDC/FDA Health Update about the Immediate Need for Healthcare Facilities to Review Procedures for Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing Reusable Medical Devices10/2/2015
ADVISORY092215.pdfADVISORY092215LB 390 Expanded use of Naloxone9/22/2015
ADVISORY091715.pdfADVISORY091715Laboratory Handling and Diagnostics for Francisella tularensis9/18/2015
ADVISORY051315.pdfADVISORY051315Tick-Borne Diseases in Nebraska8/14/2015
ADVISORY061915.pdfADVISORY061915Clinical Considerations for the Evaluation of Ill Travelers from Liberia to the United States7/2/2015
ADVISORY062615.pdfADVISORY062615Summertime Infectious Disease Update: West Nile Virus & Influenza7/2/2015
ADVISORY061115.pdfADVISORY061115Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation of Patients for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infection6/15/2015
ADVISORY060515.pdfADVISORY060515Nebraska Impact of Avian Influenza6/5/2015
ADVISORY051515.pdfADVISORY051515Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza5/18/2015
ADVISORY042415.pdfADVISORY042415Outbreak of Recent HIV and HCV Infections among Persons Who Inject Drugs4/28/2015
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