Stories tagged with: Zanesville-Muskingum Health Department

January 18, 2013 - 5:41pm
3 years 31 weeks ago

The flu is still a big problem in Muskingum County, but officials says the numbers are starting to decrease.

There were 24 confirmed influenza associated hospitalizations in the southeast region of Ohio this past week, with only three being in Muskingum County. Although the numbers have dropped, it doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet.

"We still are encouraging everybody to get their flu shot you can still get some benefit from it. Flu season is probably going...

November 14, 2012 - 8:42pm
3 years 40 weeks ago

November is national diabetes month, and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to make sure you know the dangers of diabetes and who is at risk.

One out of every three people in the United States is diabetic or"pre-diabetic. When managed properly, someone with the chronic disease can usually do well, but if diabetes is left untreated, it can lead to other serious health problems.

Diabetes is a disease where the pancreas does not produce or can not produce...

August 29, 2012 - 3:48pm
3 years 51 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Health is urging all public schools to be on the lookout for a new strain of swine flu.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, most of the 99 people affected in Ohio by the H3N2v strain are children.

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Vicki Whitacre said the message from the ODC comes just in time as children headed back to school.

"The concern is that this may mutate or change enough in the...

July 20, 2012 - 8:41pm
4 years 5 weeks ago

A disease that had once been eliminated in the United States is now making a strong comeback.

This year alone there have been more than 18,000 whooping cough cases reported to the centers for disease control. According to the CDC this is the largest number of cases in the last fifty years.

Whooping cough-also known as pertussis-is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs. It causes severe coughing which often makes it hard to eat, drink or breathe. Infants and young...

July 27, 2011 - 7:17pm
5 years 4 weeks ago

If you're swatting bugs and scratching bites, that's because it's mosquito season again.

According to the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, recent heavy rain and flooding could increase mosquito populations.  Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer said there are different types of mosquitoes that are active in certain months.

 "It's a very seasonal trend," said Hemmer.  "Most of the breeds that we see early on in the spring are...

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