Stories tagged with: Muskingum County Health Department

January 7, 2013 - 5:03pm
3 years 33 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 - 5:53pm
4 years 40 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...

August 3, 2011 - 5:19pm
5 years 3 weeks ago

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...

July 20, 2011 - 4:47pm
5 years 5 weeks ago

The hot weather continues this week which is cause for concern for upcoming high school football practices.

Two-a-day practices will begin in August for local high school teams. Medical Director of the Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre said the youngsters practicing any sport in the heat need to stay hydrated. She suggests, at minimum, drink twice as much liquids during extreme heat that you would during a typical practice.

"And if your thirsty you...

May 31, 2011 - 5:28pm
5 years 12 weeks ago

The dog days of summer seem to be here early this year. We spoke with the local health department on tips to beat the heat.

The main concern for Director of Nursing, Carol Howdyshell, is for people to know how dangerous the sun can be, even when you aren't expecting it.

"I can remember at band camp, part of my hair would get sunburned, I mean, things you don't think about," said Howdyshell.

The sun is the strongest between 10...

April 6, 2011 - 12:12pm
5 years 20 weeks ago

Education and support are the two main goals of a new group that's growing in Muskingum County.

The Breastfeeding Cafe connects expectant mothers, women currently breastfeeding and those who have breastfed their children in the past.

"We don't have generation after generation that breastfeeds anymore," explained Lisa Davidson from the Muskingum County women, infant and children program. "We go out in public and moms that do breastfeed are nervous about what people...

April 1, 2011 - 4:07pm
5 years 21 weeks ago

The death of a one-year-old Morgan County boy from a probable case of bacterial meningitis and a second probable case involving a one-year-old Morgan County girl has grabbed the attention of health officials.

Morgan County Health Department officials were not available for a TV interview to talk about the issue. They issued a press release instead. So we spoke with Muskingum County Health Department officials about the illness. Nursing Director Carol Howdyshell says bacterial...

June 28, 2010 - 1:31pm
6 years 8 weeks ago

The annual battle against mosquitoes is underway in our area.

The Muskingum County Health Department says since last  Friday they have had 80 complains from residents about the pesky bug.

"We're spraying based on a complaint basis. We've been going out in the evenings depending on the amount of complaints we get last week. We went out two times and we'll be going out again this week until we get all the complaints caught up," Sanitarian Adam Dickerson said.


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