Summer means it's time for fair season and there are some things you should keep in mind when visiting.
Local health officials are encouraging you to wash your hands when coming into contact with fair livestock and other 4H animals. Immunization Coordinator for the Muskingum County Health Department, Jamie Heinzman told us about proper hand washing technique when using warm running water and soap.
"You want to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Singing the happy...
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.
On Wednesday, the Muskingum County Health Department invited pediatricians, OB/GYN, nurses and oncologists to come up with ideas to increase immunization rates for HPV in Muskingum County.
"The CDC has reported that the number one reasons parents aren't vaccinating their kids is because providers aren't' recommending it. And it needs to be recommended just like other immunizations," said Jamie Heinzman, BSN, RN, a public nurse with the Muskingum Co. Health Dept.
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...