Celebrating the 4th of July with a cookout is a fun way to commemorate the holiday.
For those planning an outdoor event there's a way to keep you and your family from getting sick from the food that you eat. A Muskingum County Health Department Sanitarian said it all starts with washing your hands before cooking or eating and use a meat thermometer to make sure food is cooked to the correct temperature.
"The recommendation is always to get it to code," said Jason Tilton...
Going on vacation should be an enjoyable time for most people.
But, there could be a problem lurking under mattresses and other furniture in hotel rooms. The Muskingum County Health Department said there's been a rise in bedbug complaints mostly due to increased travel and regulation of pesticides that controlled the pests in the past. To make sure you don't bring home an unwanted souvenir from your trip there are some things you can do.
This weekend marks the opening of pool and swim season.
This week also marks "Recreational Water Awareness Week." Water illnesses are caused by germs, swallowing breathing in mists or aerosols or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools. While pools get tested and are treated with chemicals, there's one that can fight chlorine.
"There is one potential pathogen Cryptosporidium which is a spore form," said Sanitarian Jason Tilton. "It's much...
Although flu season is over, there's a 24-hour virus going around Muskingum County. Local hospital emergency departments have noticed an increase in patients complaining of flu-like symptoms.
"There's been a little increase in people having problems with a 24-hour to 48-hour infection that's causing vomiting and diarrhea. The hospital emergency departments have noticed an increase in people with that complaint and there's certainly been an increase in stool cultures being done,...
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department honors two nurses as they finish their careers.
After years of service, Sue Ballenger and Joan Hazard are retiring. The two have spent the better part of their nursing careers with the health department, Sue within the pediatric immunization department while Joan began hers visiting newborn babies at home, one thing she will never forget.
"That was really a lot of fun because I met a lot of people and I really miss that...
After two years of surveys and research, Muskingum County is ready to launch the community health improvement plan.
Over 40 county organizations have been working together assessing the overall health of the community. Nine goals developed from the assessment, some of which were concerns for obesity, maternal and child issues, but also more non-traditional health issues like housing, unemployment and income.
"We've worked in the community groups that are already...
One local agency is raising awareness about lead paint for National Lead Poisoning Prevention week.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to make sure the public knows the effects of lead-based paint, especially in children. Houses painted before 1978 are more likely to have lead paint, and children under age six are most at risk for lead poisoning.
"Also doing any kind of renovations in the home, as well as the condition of the home. if there's paint...
Residents of Muskingum County were able to receive free flu vaccinations and help the county prepare in the event of a disaster at the same time.
Thursday at the fairgrounds the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department held a free flu clinic providing flu shots to county residents, 18 and older. Another purpose of the event was to exercise the community's ability to rapidly provide immunizations to a large number of people in a short amount of time.