Stories tagged with: Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

July 11, 2014 - 10:44am
2 weeks 15 hours ago

This week Columbus health officials announced two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.

Last year in Ohio only four cases of West Nile were reported. In fact 80 percent of those with West Nile never develop symptoms.

"The Health Department uses treatment methods the same whether we are in an outbreak or not," said Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer. "We are able to ramp up our treatments if need be, but usually we attempt to cover the county in...

July 1, 2014 - 4:13pm
3 weeks 3 days ago

With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, many will be looking forward to chowing down at family picnics.

When doing so, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department says you need to remember proper food safety both when cooking and when leaving food sit out.

"Some foods that we see implicated in food borne illnesses are things like hamburger, making sure that it's cooked properly," said Health Department Sanitarian Adam Dickerson.  "It's a good idea to...

June 30, 2014 - 4:51pm
3 weeks 4 days ago

It may only be the end of June, but the kids will be heading off to school before we know it.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to remind parents about the immunization requirements in the state. They say it's important to be vaccinated not only for the child's health, but also for their ability to attend school.

"Ohio does require that children have certain shots before they can enter school," said Immunization Coordinator Jamie Heinzman....

June 26, 2014 - 4:53pm
4 weeks 1 day ago

Tick season is upon us, and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to make sure you are taking the proper precautions to protect yourself.

As ticks increase in numbers in our area, so does the risk of tick-borne diseases. Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said ticks can cause 11 different diseases in the United States, the most common being Lyme Disease.

"We have seen an increase in Lyme Disease over the past several years, and they think that's due to the tick...

June 3, 2014 - 5:46pm
7 weeks 3 days ago

Mosquitos are a serious concern this year thanks to all the rain.

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is reporting a large increase in the amount of calls to their offices for spraying help. Experts are telling residents they can reduce the amount of mosquitos around their homes by limiting their breeding grounds.

"What the individual can do, they can do several things. One they can check around their property and eliminate any conditions that may hold standing...

May 20, 2014 - 2:51pm
9 weeks 3 days ago

The temperatures are beginning to heat up which means area pools will soon be opening up.  To make sure you stay safe at public pools this summer, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department hosted a meeting with pool operators today at the Muskingum Recreation Center.

"For the operators, we're wanting them to make sure that their lifeguards are being very vigilant, that they have the proper safety equipment in place, and that they're aware of proper procedures for...

February 4, 2014 - 6:05pm
24 weeks 3 days ago

Despite efforts to prevent smoking, it's still an ongoing problem. Kylie Jones, a Health Educator at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, said part of the reason is due to a lack of funding, making it difficult "to fight the battle of tobacco use."

Jones said, "It's the people starting younger and then becoming tobacco users for a lifetime. But if we can kind of decrease the amount of youth that are starting, like I said, younger than 26. They have a...

January 6, 2014 - 6:52pm
28 weeks 4 days ago

To avoid weather-related health problems such as frostbite, Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, says to pay close attention to your ears, nose and hands, and if you feel pain, head indoors.

Dr. Whitacre explained, "First you get onset of pain and redness to the area and then it sort of becomes numb, or can turn white or waxy looking and feels hard when it's actually frozen."

Shivering, confusion, memory loss, fumbling hands and...

January 2, 2014 - 6:22pm
29 weeks 1 day ago

With the wind chills expected to hit below zero, the elderly and the young need to take extra precautions.

"Elderly people aren't able to make as much body energy like other people can, and the children have so much more surface area like a bigger head to lose the heat through that they can't maintain themselves," explained Dr. Vicki Whitacre, of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department.

Two other groups of people that should also take extra precautions...

October 10, 2013 - 11:25am
41 weeks 1 day ago

**UPDATE**

As of 1:50 p.m. -- all flu vaccines have been administered -- There are no more to be given to the public at the fairgrounds.

 

 

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said a line of cars awaited them when they opened their drive-thru flu clinic Thursday morning.

In the first two hours over 700 vaccines had already been given out and by 11 a.m. over half were gone. The numbers are ahead of what they did the last two years. The...

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