Stories tagged with: zanesville muskingum county health department

February 3, 2015 - 5:00pm
3 weeks 6 days ago

A disease that has been eradicated for 15 years now is making a comeback across the U.S.

According to Public Health Nurse Jamie Heinzeman, there are over 100 cases of measles as of now. It is highly contagious and can remain on a surface for up to two hours after a person has left the room. Symptoms include a rash that starts at the head and works its way down to the toes, tiredness, fever, and lack of appetite. Heinzeman said though there are over 14 states who have reported the...

February 1, 2015 - 9:07pm
4 weeks 1 day ago

We've all had our fair share of snow shoveling in the past week, but have you thought about the health risks involved while doing it?

There are a variety of different concerns you need to keep in mid while shoveling. Some of those are frostbite, muscle strains, and even heart attacks. We spoke to Director of Nursing of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Carol Howdyshell who told us preparation is always good idea.

"It's a really good idea if you take a little...

December 16, 2014 - 6:01pm
10 weeks 6 days ago

The risk of childhood diseases now includes adults.

The Centers for Disease Control report there has been a spike in measles cases. Since January 1st to November 29th there has been 610 cases reported in 24 states The Public Health Nurse Immunization Coordinator at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, Jamie Heinzman says these outbreaks can be linked to low immunization rates in adults who were born before 1957.

"So, for the older adults, that's why they...

November 12, 2014 - 3:51pm
15 weeks 5 days ago

The warmer air has come and gone, and with the recent cool down, many people will be needing to prepare for winter.

Leann Cline, Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Health Department told us that winter preparedness is a topic that many don't keep in mind during the change of season. Cline shared some tips in order to raise awareness on preparing your home for the recent freeze,

"In order to prepare yourself for the winter weather, we recommend that...

October 16, 2014 - 4:17pm
19 weeks 5 days ago

Concerns of Ebola continue to worry many Ohioans.

The Ohio department of health is activating a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure residents get accurate, timely information. Dr. Vicki Whitacre from the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department explains that there are different viruses the community should be more concerned with other than Ebola.

"The risk to all of us, particularly in our area...

September 27, 2014 - 3:55pm
22 weeks 2 days ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department held its drug take back day from ten to two Saturday.

The event aimed to dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs that people no longer need. We spoke with the CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel about why they have the drug take back. He said that it's a good way to make sure all drugs are disposed of properly.

"Environmentally this is a great way to handle it because we know that a lot of medications are...

September 26, 2014 - 4:36pm
22 weeks 3 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 - 3:46pm
22 weeks 6 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...

August 27, 2014 - 2:13pm
26 weeks 5 days 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...

July 21, 2014 - 3:59pm
32 weeks 1 day ago

Following the death of a central Ohio teenager, more warnings are now being issued about the use of powdered caffeine.

Many of us like to have a cup of coffee in the morning or a caffeinated beverage to give us an extra boost, but recently energy drinks and now even caffeine powder have become increasingly popular.  With the powdered substance, especially, it doesn't take much to cause problems.

"The dose is 1/16th of a teaspoon, and I wouldn't even hardly know how...

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