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...
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...
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...
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...
Health officials report the Central Ohio Mumps outbreak is persisting. As of Tuesday April 22nd, 263 people have fallen ill to the virus.
Doctor Whitacre, Medical Director of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is cautioning viewers in our area to be aware of what's happening in our surroundings. One of the latest cases has appeared as close as Licking county. Viewers who were born in the 60s 70s and even 80s need to check their medical records.
'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day' is this Saturday April 26th.
The Muskingum County Sheriffs Department as well as the DEA are working to help clean out medicine cabinets and dispose of prescription drugs properly. Unique to the Zanesville area, the Muskingum County Sheriff's office has partnered with ZMCHD, as well as Genesis Healthcare and Northside Pharmacy and will be offering a drive-thru where ALL DRUGS including needles and liquids are accepted.
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...
The ongoing winter like temperatures this year could be to blame for more viral infections.
The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says they are seeing increasing visits to the ER for ear, nose, throat, and upper respiratory symptoms as well as stomach virus this year as opposed to last year.
"We've had a colder and a harsher winter than we usually do so people are spending more time inside. They're coming in contact with more people and...
The state is taking steps to stop the spread of rabies. On Monday the health department began setting out baits with rabies vaccine in the eastern part of Ohio.
Three animals that pose a risk to our portion of the United States are bats, raccoons and skunks. So far this year, there have been 5 cases of raccoons infected with rabies in Ohio. According to the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, one bat has also tested positive in 2013 near our area.
Over the weekend, Four Star Pizza on Linden Avenue shut its doors at the Health Department's request. Tuesday, the store manager spoke out.
The Zanesville- Muskingum County Health Department makes random inspections twice a year of every restaurant in the area. During last week's inspection, Registered Sanitarian, Adam Dickerson said he found several health safety concerns to an extent he hadn't seen in his 15 years.
"Some of the equipment was dirty, we had roaches on the...