Stories tagged with: Kristen Baker

March 25, 2014 - 4:46pm
3 weeks 5 days ago

The mumps outbreak in Franklin County has jumped from 16 cases to 69 confirmed cases.

Of the confirmed cases, 52 are linked to Ohio State University students between ages 18-48. The remaining cases are confined to residents in Frankin county between the ages of 4 to 50. The mumps is spread the same way as the flu. Coughing and sharing saliva as well as any kind of respiratory secretions.

"Right now, as of today we don't have any confirmed...

January 17, 2014 - 7:04pm
13 weeks 2 days ago

Flu activity is in on the rise in Ohio.

Although many people are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus, Kristen Baker with the health department says that's often not the case. She says there are higher levels of flu being reported in adults in our area than in previous years.

"18 to 64 is our lowest age group as far as vaccinations about 31 percent of this population actually gets vaccinated compared to the U.S. overall. The total is about a 45 to 50...

December 10, 2013 - 6:59pm
18 weeks 5 days ago

Winter does not officially arrive for eleven more days but the thermometer tells a different story. . .

High temperatures throughout this week will only be in the twenties. With temperatures well below freezing, you need to be sure you are keeping your body safe from two dangerous scenarios.

"Hypothermia is just extreme loss of body temperature,” explained Epidemiologist, Kristen Baker. “Your organs kind of slow down, they start to shut down, you are not going to...

September 6, 2013 - 6:16pm
32 weeks 2 days ago

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department wants adults to remember to get their vaccinations.

According to Epidemiologist Kristen Baker, children are usually immunized until they reach 18 years of age, but she says it's important to continue to receive immunizations throughout adulthood. Many of the vaccines wear off over time leaving people susceptible to disease.

"We might not get the diseases and they might not affect adults as much as they affect children, but we...

February 25, 2013 - 4:18pm
1 year 7 weeks ago

There's some good news when it comes to this year's flu.

In Muskingum County they are seeing less cases of those suffering it's effects coming into the hospitals.

"It seemed to peak at the end of December and the first week or two of January," explained Southeast Regional Epidemiologist Kristen Baker. "It has gone down since then, so currently we're seeing maybe 5 influenza like illnesses showing up in the ER currently."

Flu cases usually begin to peak...

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