Stories tagged with: Dr. Vicki Whitacre

January 12, 2016 - 3:22pm
3 weeks 5 days ago

With winter temperatures dropping significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can be a challenge.

On Monday, January 4, 2016, we visited the Zanesville-Muskingum County Public Health Department to talk to Dr. Vicki Whitacre about the first signs of frostbite and how to avoid it.

“Frostbite starts with things turning red on your skin. Your skin becomes very red and it will feel painful. If you felt like your cheeks were feeling painful and then all of a sudden they...

November 4, 2015 - 5:02pm
13 weeks 4 days ago

Ohio reported 514 Fentanyl related fatal overdoses in 2014. That's a major increase from the 92 reported in 2013.

Ohio also reported more Fentanyl related seizure incidents than any other state in the US. With the increase in deaths and seizures in Ohio as well as several other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Drug Enforcement Administration are working to prepare health departments, first-responders, and medical examiners to detect the signs of Fentanyl use...

October 28, 2015 - 3:59pm
14 weeks 4 days ago

The end of Daylight Saving Time is just a few days away, mornings will get lighter and evenings will get darker, but the time change isn't always an easy transition for our bodies.

Setting your clock back one hour, means gaining one hour of sleep, but that extra hour in bed can have adverse affects on our health. Medical Director at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, said shifting to standard daylight time will mostly affect our 24-hour natural cycle...

September 30, 2015 - 3:54pm
18 weeks 4 days ago

As summer gives way to fall and beyond, the season of sickness is upon us.

Some may be experiencing allergies that can lead to head congestion and coughing but Medical Director Dr. Vicki Whitacre at the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department said if you do feel a cold coming on, there are simple measures to keeping the sickness to yourself.

"To be careful, be sure to remember to wash you hands because flu season's definitely coming and we want to prevent that as much...

August 27, 2015 - 3:55pm
23 weeks 3 days ago

This year the fair brought games, fun and entertainment, with just one downfall.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department has seen a spike in viral-related illness since fair week, but Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre said it's not uncommon to see.

"We've noticed since the fair's been over with, or the third week of August there's been an increase in adults with cough, cold and congestion problems," Whitacre said. "When you're in crowds, people have...

August 20, 2015 - 2:42pm
24 weeks 3 days ago

Parents and teachers have a new concern with the first day of school being right around the corner- a new super-resistant strain of lice has spread to over half of the country.

Large numbers of lice populations have evolved in a manner allowing them to be resistant to the active ingredient in over-the-counter treatments. One hundred and nine samples from 30 different states carried these gene mutations and Ohio was on that list. As for known cases here in Muskingum County, Medical...

August 10, 2015 - 4:05pm
25 weeks 6 days ago

So far in 2015, there have been six drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County.  

Now, for the second time since June, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department and Muskingum Behavioral Health will teach up to a dozen people how to use a nasal spray to counter a drug overdose.  However, Steve Carrel, executive director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, said Naloxone shouldn't be a replacement for calling 911 in the event of an overdose. 

"If you have a...

June 11, 2015 - 4:09pm
34 weeks 3 days ago

Already this year, there have been two drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County. 

In 2013 there were ten across the county and 2,110 in the state of Ohio. Now, on June 18, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and Muskingum Behavioral Health are offering Project D.A.W.N. to lower these numbers.

D.A.W.N. stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone. Dr. Vicki Whitacre said participants will learn how to administer Naloxone, which is a drug that will counter the affects...

January 6, 2015 - 3:57pm
1 year 4 weeks ago

Cold weather can affect more than just road conditions.

Zanesvlle-Muskingum County Health Department's Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, said the cold makes it more difficult for both older and younger people to regulate their body temperatures.

Whitacre said elderly people's body temperatures are around 97 degrees. As that is a full degree lower than average they can feel the affects of the cold faster.

"If they get down to below 95, which is not very much, they...

August 27, 2014 - 2:13pm
1 year 23 weeks ago

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state of Ohio.

Muskingum County in particular ranks 51 of 88 counties with a suicide rate of 10.6%. Medical Director of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre says while 80% of individuals have contemplated suicide, there are specific groups at higher risk.

"People most significant at risk are white males in the elderly group. They have the highest rate. Our children don't have the highest rate...

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