Stories tagged with: Kristen Baker

January 23, 2015 - 5:44pm
14 weeks 2 days ago

Hospitalizations for the flu may be on a decline in Muskingum County, but that doesn't necessarily mean flu season is coming to an end.

The average flu season lasts from October to April. According to Epidemiologist, Kristen Baker, we may be seeing a decrease in flu related hospitalizations right now, but that doesn't mean it won't peak again.

"The CDC does say that we do have a peak, and then it'll decrease, and then sometimes we do have another strain come in and there's...

December 10, 2014 - 3:48pm
20 weeks 4 days ago

The most predominant strain of the flu this year is hitting Ohio hard compared to last year, but so far so good in our area.

According to the Health Department, in Muskingum County only two people have been hospitalized for the flu. Compare that to the four last year and Muskingum County is staying away from the flu. At least for now.

"That virus might not be in our area yet," Epidemiologist, Kristen baker said. "That's why we might not be seeing increased...

October 15, 2014 - 6:15pm
28 weeks 4 days ago

29-year-old Amber Vinson, who recently visited her family in northern Ohio, has been identified as the 2nd Dallas health care worker to have contracted Ebola.

The CDC is still saying that the chances of an outbreak in the United Stated are slim. Kristen Baker, Epidemiologist for the Zanesville-Muskingum County Heath Department said they are working with local and state health departments to put guidelines in place for identification, isolation, testing and treatment of patients.

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October 6, 2014 - 4:01pm
29 weeks 6 days ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be sponsoring a flu shot clinic.

The clinic will take place at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds this Thursday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until supplies run out. The flu vaccination will immunize you against four strands of the flu. Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said that the flu can lead to many complications.

"It can cause a lot of respiratory complications, it can lead to pneumonia, it can also cause...

September 26, 2014 - 5:36pm
31 weeks 2 days ago

We are in the early stages of the fall season, but that's not the only thing that is starting right now.

Flu season is on its way. While there has not been a hospitalization due to influenza yet, Epidemiologist, Kristen Baker, at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department said it could begin very soon. This year's strain of influenza is not known yet because there haven't been enough cases in Ohio yet this year.

"Seasonal flu season is very unpredictable," Baker...

September 24, 2014 - 4:46pm
31 weeks 4 days ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is preparing for it's upcoming Flu Clinic.

The event will be held at the Muskingum County Fair Grounds on October 9th from 9AM until 5PM or until supplies run out. Participants are asked to bring a current photo ID and their medical insurance card. If you do not have health insurance, residents of Muskingum County will be covered. Epidemiologist, Kristen Baker says because the flu is preventable, it's important to get the flu shot each...

September 16, 2014 - 4:33pm
32 weeks 5 days ago

There are just over 100 confirmed cases of enterovirus D-68 across the United States. But there are not any confirmed cases in Ohio.

While there are no confirmed cases yet, there is an increase in people entering the emergency room with symptoms associated with the enterovirus. Kristin Baker is an epidemiologist at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, and she said kids are more susceptible to this disease because they don't have the antibodies to fight it.

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April 29, 2014 - 6:03pm
1 year 4 days ago

The South East Ohio mumps outbreak has climbed to 288 cases, meanwhile another viral outbreak is just starting.

Twenty-one confirmed or probable cases of measles have appeared primarily in Knox county, with one confirmed and two possible cases in Coshocton county. The cases in Knox county stem from an un-vaccinated group who traveled to the Philippines and became infected by the virus.

"It's currently staying within the un-vaccinated population which is good," said...

March 25, 2014 - 4:46pm
1 year 5 weeks 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
1 year 15 weeks 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...

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