Super Bowl LIII – Infectious Disease Alert

Super Bowl LIII – Infectious Disease Alert2018-11-07T15:51:30+00:00

A public health alert from the Georgia Department of Public Health:

The City of Atlanta will host the NFL Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019. There will be multiple Super Bowl events at venues across the city and an influx of an estimated 1 million people to the area beginning on January 25, 2019, one week before the game.

Influenza-like illnesses and viral gastroenteritis (e.g., norovirus infections) are common this time of year. Due to the huge number of people in public gatherings, we expect to see an increase in these illnesses, as well as other infectious diseases. In addition, because of the high-profile nature of the event, vigilance is needed to detect severe illnesses or clusters (two or more people with similar illness or exposures) of illness.

Symptoms of these diseases include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Lethargy
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea

The Atlanta area health departments and the Georgia Department of Public Health are asking for your help in decreasing the spread of disease by encouraging the practice of good hand and respiratory  hygiene and being vigilant about increased or unusual cases of illness.

Call 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) if you notice:

  • An increased number of persons with fever AND vomiting and/or diarrhea, or fever AND cough incidents in your facility
  • An increase in patrons asking for the closest emergency department or urgent care centers

Encourage customers to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene:

  • Hand hygiene
    • Wash hands with soap and water (use hand sanitizer when washing
      hands is not possible):

      • After using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, or caring for
        someone who is ill
      • Before eating, smoking, touching face
  • Respiratory hygiene
    • Cover mouth when coughing/sneezing
    • Cough/sneeze into elbow or facial tissue
    • Wash hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible

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