Stories tagged with: Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

December 10, 2014 - 3:48pm
1 year 23 weeks ago

The most predominant strain of the flu this year is hitting Ohio hard compared to last year, but so far so good in our area.

According to the Health Department, in Muskingum County only two people have been hospitalized for the flu. Compare that to the four last year and Muskingum County is staying away from the flu. At least for now.

"That virus might not be in our area yet," Epidemiologist, Kristen baker said. "That's why we might not be seeing increased...

October 9, 2014 - 3:20pm
1 year 32 weeks ago

 The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and other area partners held a flu shot clinic Thursday.

The event began at 8:30AM and was held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. 2,200 flu shots were available to the public. Director of Nursing, Carol Howdyshell says the vaccine helps you prepare for the flu season.

"The flu shot is incredibly important to prevent that spread of disease from getting that disease. If somebody does happen to get the flu, it shouldn't...

October 6, 2014 - 4:01pm
1 year 33 weeks ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be sponsoring a flu shot clinic.

The clinic will take place at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds this Thursday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until supplies run out. The flu vaccination will immunize you against four strands of the flu. Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said that the flu can lead to many complications.

"It can cause a lot of respiratory complications, it can lead to pneumonia, it can also cause...

August 20, 2014 - 5:18pm
1 year 39 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Health has identified the state's first two human cases of West Nile Virus this year -- one of them right here in Muskingum County.

A 24-year-old Muskingum County woman was hospitalized with Encephalitis.  The other case involves a 78-year-old Cuyahoga County woman.  If you've been outdoors in an area where mosquitoes could be prevalent, Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said there are certain symptoms to look out for.

"West Nile Virus typically...

August 20, 2014 - 4:56pm
1 year 39 weeks ago

With students heading back to school, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is issuing a warning to parents to take precautions and be on the lookout for head lice.

While lice do not cause disease, they can be quite a nuisance.  Sharing is typically viewed as a kind gesture, but Public Health Nurse Betty Fisher said when it comes to lice, there are certain items students should never share.

"We want to remind the kids, don't share their combs and brushes and...

July 11, 2014 - 10:44am
1 year 45 weeks ago

This week Columbus health officials announced two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.

Last year in Ohio only four cases of West Nile were reported. In fact 80 percent of those with West Nile never develop symptoms.

"The Health Department uses treatment methods the same whether we are in an outbreak or not," said Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer. "We are able to ramp up our treatments if need be, but usually we attempt to cover the county in...

July 1, 2014 - 4:13pm
1 year 47 weeks ago

With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, many will be looking forward to chowing down at family picnics.

When doing so, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department says you need to remember proper food safety both when cooking and when leaving food sit out.

"Some foods that we see implicated in food borne illnesses are things like hamburger, making sure that it's cooked properly," said Health Department Sanitarian Adam Dickerson.  "It's a good idea to...

June 30, 2014 - 4:51pm
1 year 47 weeks ago

It may only be the end of June, but the kids will be heading off to school before we know it.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to remind parents about the immunization requirements in the state. They say it's important to be vaccinated not only for the child's health, but also for their ability to attend school.

"Ohio does require that children have certain shots before they can enter school," said Immunization Coordinator Jamie Heinzman....

June 26, 2014 - 4:53pm
1 year 47 weeks ago

Tick season is upon us, and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to make sure you are taking the proper precautions to protect yourself.

As ticks increase in numbers in our area, so does the risk of tick-borne diseases. Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said ticks can cause 11 different diseases in the United States, the most common being Lyme Disease.

"We have seen an increase in Lyme Disease over the past several years, and they think that's due to the tick...

June 3, 2014 - 5:46pm
1 year 51 weeks ago

Mosquitos are a serious concern this year thanks to all the rain.

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department is reporting a large increase in the amount of calls to their offices for spraying help. Experts are telling residents they can reduce the amount of mosquitos around their homes by limiting their breeding grounds.

"What the individual can do, they can do several things. One they can check around their property and eliminate any conditions that may hold standing...

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