Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Health Department

January 12, 2016 - 3:22pm
3 weeks 6 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...

June 23, 2015 - 7:11pm
32 weeks 6 days ago

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...

October 15, 2014 - 5:15pm
1 year 16 weeks 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.

August 12, 2013 - 6:55pm
2 years 25 weeks ago

From funnel cakes to chicken dinners, the Zanesville Muskiingum County Health Department is making sure all the food at the Muskingum County Fair is safe for consumption.

"There were six sanitarians from the health department at the fair on Monday. Each of them make their rounds, ensuring that every food booth is in compliance with the health department's food codes.

"While we are conducting inspections here at the fair one of our primary things we are concerned about...

August 7, 2013 - 5:59pm
2 years 26 weeks ago

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.


April 8, 2013 - 4:29pm
2 years 43 weeks ago

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-...

March 6, 2013 - 11:04am
2 years 48 weeks ago

Everyone has different eating habits, but learning to control those habits is the key to nutrition.

March is National Nutrition Month. This the is the 40th year for the celebration that encourages people to eat healthier.

Experts said there are many things one can do to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle. It's encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables and cut down on foods high in calories, certain fats and sugar.

"A lot of people take in more calories than they...

January 14, 2013 - 4:41pm
3 years 3 weeks ago

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...

January 7, 2013 - 4:03pm
3 years 4 weeks ago

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.

Henry Beasley,...

November 22, 2011 - 4:53pm
4 years 11 weeks ago

Thanksgiving- a day of eating- is only two days away.

Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Muskingum County Health Department has some tips to help you enjoy all your holiday favorites without over doing it.

"Take a small amount of everything you really want to eat, enjoy that, keep it to one plate full, try not to do seconds and give yourself a little time to rest," said Whitacre.

She also suggests you keep a watchful eye on those who have diabetes, high blood pressure or...

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