Measles - Information for Camps

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. Here some top tips for camps.

Communicable Diseases and Infestations - Tips for Camps

Every year, some of the most common calls received on the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline pertain to communicable diseases and insect infestations.  The potential for the spread of communicable diseases at camp means that camps must continue to pay diligent attention to communicable disease control strategies.

Communicable Diseases & Infestations

Every year, some of the most common calls received on the ACA Camp Crisis Hotline pertain to communicable diseases and insect infestations.  The potential for the spread of communicable diseases at camp means that camps must continue to pay diligent attention to communicable disease control strategies.

MRSA Infections

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Top Four Tips for Camps

  1. Establish good hygiene policies: MRSA transmission from person to person can be prevented by instituting simple measures including hand-washing policies, policies against sharing personal items (such as razors and towels), and the covering of infections.

Emerging Issues: Immunizations, Measles, and Other Communicable Diseases

Recent outbreaks of measles in the U.S. have brought heightened attention to this highly contagious disease. Add to that the national dialogue about the pros/cons of immunization, and it is no wonder that camp programs have contacted the American Camp Association (ACA) for resources. ACA has partnered with medical and health professionals to provide the most up-to-date information available. This article will focus on three areas: immunizations, measles, and other communicable diseases.
 

IMMUNIZATIONS

Definitions

Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac Fever

Legionnaires' disease is a serious, sometimes fatal form of pneumonia. Pontiac Fever is a less serious influenza-like infection. Together they are the two most common forms of legionellosis, which is caused by Legionella bacteria. TheLegionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in water. People get Legionnaires' disease when they breathe in a mist or vapor (small droplets of water in the air) containing the bacteria.

Ticks - What All Camps Need to Know

Ticks are small spiderlike arachnids that bite to fasten themselves onto the skin and feed on blood. Ticks live in the fur and feathers of many birds and animals. Tick bites occur most often during early spring to late summer and in areas where there are many wild animals and birds. While most ticks don't carry diseases, and most tick bites don't cause serious health problems, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of tick-borne illnesses. Ticks should be removed properly from humans and pets as soon as possible.

Scabies

Every year, the American Camp Association Camp Crisis Hotline receives calls from camps that have questions about scabies. Either they have detected scabies on a camper or staffer, or they are preparing for an infestation — should it occur — and want some advice. Camps are looking for resources, guidelines, and products to help them. ACA shares our lessons learned from years of helping camps:

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

Hantaviruses are a group of viruses that may be carried by some rodents. Some hantaviruses can cause a rare but deadly disease called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The disease is called HPS. Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a group of clinically similar illnesses caused by hantaviruses from the family Bunyaviridae.

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