The Muskingum County Health Department says more than 80-percent of people are unaware that they have an STD because most of them show no symptoms. The Sexual Health Clinic at the Muskingum County Health Department offer free HIV and Hepatitis C testing and also offers Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Herpes testing for a nominal fee.
"There was over 200 cases of Chlamydia with 40-percent of the 200 being teenagers and high school students. The age range on the Chlamydia was 14-...
Officials said the number of complaints involving smoking in bars and restaurants has steadily declined.
When the ban took effect in 2007 the Muskingum County Board of Health dealt with 170 complaints. This past year that number was down to 40.
"The most common is the most flagrant which is basically just people allowing people to smoke," said Sanitary Supervisor Ed Shaffer. "They are providing ash trays, people are actively smoking and the owner of the facility is...
According to the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, the winter season is an ideal time for a lice outbreak.
These parasites are typically spread from head-to-head contact but can also be spread through the sharing of hats, scarves or the other extra clothing worn in the winter months. Lice are most commonly found in children in Elementary or pre-school. The Health Department advices the best prevention method is to check your child's hair twice a week.
There's a confirmed case of LaCrosse Encephalitis in Muskingum County.
This disease is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. Muskingum County Health Department Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said symptoms of Lacrosse Encephalitis are fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and tiredness. He said the health department is trying to stop the spread of the disease.
"The action we're taking is to actually go out to the areas where exposure was possible to occur and...
The hot weather continues this week which is cause for concern for upcoming high school football practices.
Two-a-day practices will begin in August for local high school teams. Medical Director of the Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre said the youngsters practicing any sport in the heat need to stay hydrated. She suggests, at minimum, drink twice as much liquids during extreme heat that you would during a typical practice.
Education and support are the two main goals of a new group that's growing in Muskingum County.
The Breastfeeding Cafe connects expectant mothers, women currently breastfeeding and those who have breastfed their children in the past.
"We don't have generation after generation that breastfeeds anymore," explained Lisa Davidson from the Muskingum County women, infant and children program. "We go out in public and moms that do breastfeed are nervous about what people...
The death of a one-year-old Morgan County boy from a probable case of bacterial meningitis and a second probable case involving a one-year-old Morgan County girl has grabbed the attention of health officials.
Morgan County Health Department officials were not available for a TV interview to talk about the issue. They issued a press release instead. So we spoke with Muskingum County Health Department officials about the illness. Nursing Director Carol Howdyshell says bacterial...