Harrison County Health Department
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2nd Row: Rhonda Stuart, Ann Bernke, Rita Kruger, Sharon Miles, Charlotte Gregg, Fred Lindsay
3rd Row: Carrie Harrison, Rose Wright, Delcena Hamilton, Kim Oaks and Kathy Snead
Don't forget, we will have our breast feeding booth for the moms at the NW MO State Fair Aug 28th-Sept 1st!

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Contact: Courtney Cross, Administrator

Contact Number: 660-425-6324

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2014

Increase in Respiratory Illness Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68): What you need to know

In response to increasing numbers of respiratory illness (Enterovirus D68), the Harrison County Health Department wants you to know the facts so you can protect your family.

Enterovirus is a common virus.  With more than 100 types of enteroviruses, an estimated 10 to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year.  Most people who are infected with enteroviruses have no or mild symptoms.  However some enteroviruses, like Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), can be very serious.

Symptoms of the Enterovirus D68 are similar to the common cold.  Severe symptoms are possible with EV-D68, such as difficulty breathing. Children with cold like symptoms that experience difficulty breathing should consult their family physician. 

Enterovirus D68 appears to be spreading by close contact with infected people.   There is no vaccine or antiviral medication to treat EV-D68. 

The Harrison County Health Department provides the following recommendations to prevent the spread of EV-D68 and to also protect yourself and your family:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom or changing diapers.  The use of soap and water is very important to combat EV-D68.  Soap and water are the preferred method of hand washing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

  • If you are sick, stay home.

Your Local Public Health Department continues to monitor the situation and share information with local health providers.  While there are reports of increased cases across several Midwest states, there is not a surveillance system that can account for exact numbers of infections.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Senior Epidemiology Specialist C. Jon Hinkle says, “Using good hand hygiene, practicing good cough and sneeze etiquette and staying home if you are sick are the most effective tools to fight EV-D68.”

For more information on EV-D68 visit http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html or contact the Harrison County Health Department at 660-425-6324.

 

Courtney Cross, Administrator

Contact Number: 660-425-6324

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2014

Increase in Respiratory Illness Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68): What you need to know

In response to increasing numbers of respiratory illness (Enterovirus D68), the Harrison County Health Department wants you to know the facts so you can protect your family.

Enterovirus is a common virus.  With more than 100 types of enteroviruses, an estimated 10 to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year.  Most people who are infected with enteroviruses have no or mild symptoms.  However some enteroviruses, like Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), can be very serious.

Symptoms of the Enterovirus D68 are similar to the common cold.  Severe symptoms are possible with EV-D68, such as difficulty breathing. Children with cold like symptoms that experience difficulty breathing should consult their family physician. 

Enterovirus D68 appears to be spreading by close contact with infected people.   There is no vaccine or antiviral medication to treat EV-D68. 

The Harrison County Health Department provides the following recommendations to prevent the spread of EV-D68 and to also protect yourself and your family:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom or changing diapers.  The use of soap and water is very important to combat EV-D68.  Soap and water are the preferred method of hand washing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

  • If you are sick, stay home.

Your Local Public Health Department continues to monitor the situation and share information with local health providers.  While there are reports of increased cases across several Midwest states, there is not a surveillance system that can account for exact numbers of infections.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Senior Epidemiology Specialist C. Jon Hinkle says, “Using good hand hygiene, practicing good cough and sneeze etiquette and staying home if you are sick are the most effective tools to fight EV-D68.”

For more information on EV-D68 visit http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html or contact the Harrison County Health Department at 660-425-6324.

 

A new Chronic Disease Self Management Class is starting Wednesdays at the Harrison County Health Department from 9-11 AM from October 15th-October 19th. Call MU extension office or Harrison County Health Department for questions or to sign up.
Mosquito News: West Nile Virus is on the rise again. Read below to help prevent catching it!
The best way to prevent WNV disease is to prevent mosquito bites.  *Use insect repellents when you go outdoors (should have DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or PMD or IR3535). *Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk, * Repair or install screens on windows and doors, *Use A/C, *Remove mosquito sources from around your home-empty rain gutters, flowerpots, old tires, empty containers, buckets and wading pools; water in birdbaths should be changed weekly.  CDC provides resources that list these and other steps for reducing mosquito populations @ (www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile.qa/habitats.htm).
In Harrison County the cooling center is the Harrison County Senior Center!

Cooling Centers Provide Relief from Summer Heat - June 22-28 is Missouri Summer Weather Safety Week

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the State Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are promoting Missouri Summer Safety Week (June 22-28) to highlight the risks and dangers associated with excessive heat. Missourians can find a public cooling center near them by visiting MO.gov. Through the online cooling center directory at MO.gov, users can simply enter a zip code, city or county to find a cooling center nearby.

"Excessive heat and humidity can cause health problems, particularly for the elderly and people with pre-existing health issues,” said Gail Vasterling, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. "Summer Weather Safety Week is an opportunity to review the precautions we should be taking during periods of high temperatures, not only for ourselves, but for those who are particularly vulnerable to the heat."

In 2013, the Department of Health and Senior Services reported 14 heat-related deaths in Missouri.

Remember these basic tips to protect you and your family during severe heat and heat emergencies:

·         Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

·         Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

·         Eat light, well-balanced meals at regular intervals.

·         Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages.

·         Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

·         Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Wear sunscreen.

·         Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day; use the buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.

·         If you do not have air conditioning, consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.

·         Be aware of medications that may impair the body's response to heat, including antihistamines, tranquilizers and some medications for heart disease.

The National Weather Service has additional information on staying safe during excessive heat, as well as lightning safety at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=summerweathersafetyweek.

To find the cooling center nearest you, please visit MO.gov

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Our mission at the Harrison County Health Department is to protect and promote quality of life and health for county residents by developing and implementing programs and systems that provide:  information and education; effective oversight; quality services; and surveillance of diseases and conditions. 

 

Our vision is of healthy Harrison County residents that live in an environment that is safe, supportive, and conducive to a healthy lifestyle.

 

The Harrison County Health Department values a work environment and programs characterized by consistency, honesty, responsiveness and trust.  We are concerned, dedicated professionals who are adaptable in a rapidly changing environment.  Above all, we respect our customers, and maintain for them the highest standards of service.

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