Stories tagged with: ZMCHD

November 4, 2015 - 5:02pm
3 weeks 4 days ago

Ohio reported 514 Fentanyl related fatal overdoses in 2014. That's a major increase from the 92 reported in 2013.

Ohio also reported more Fentanyl related seizure incidents than any other state in the US. With the increase in deaths and seizures in Ohio as well as several other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Drug Enforcement Administration are working to prepare health departments, first-responders, and medical examiners to detect the signs of Fentanyl use...

April 29, 2014 - 5:03pm
1 year 30 weeks ago

The South East Ohio mumps outbreak has climbed to 288 cases, meanwhile another viral outbreak is just starting.

Twenty-one confirmed or probable cases of measles have appeared primarily in Knox county, with one confirmed and two possible cases in Coshocton county. The cases in Knox county stem from an un-vaccinated group who traveled to the Philippines and became infected by the virus.

"It's currently staying within the un-vaccinated population which is good," said...

April 23, 2014 - 11:35am
1 year 31 weeks ago

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.

"The change...

April 22, 2014 - 10:25am
1 year 31 weeks ago

'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.

"You never...

March 26, 2014 - 3:51pm
1 year 35 weeks ago

A survey done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute shows that Muskingum County ranks very low when it comes to being a healthy county.

Out of Ohio's 88 counties, Muskingum County ranks 74 in the Health Outcomes category for 2014, down from 73 in 2013. Jody Stones a Community Health Planner at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department explained there are two main factors when ranking a county in the...

March 25, 2014 - 2:03pm
1 year 35 weeks ago

As a way to celebrate Public Health Week, every year the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department plans a health fair at Colony Square Mall. Jennifer Hiestand of the ZMCHD, says this year will be an exciting year with new demonstrations like yoga, CrossFit, and a tutorial on how to install car seat.

"We have free car seat checks for new parents, grandparents to come and that's going to be outside in the parking lot across from BW3 on Brandywine Boulevard," said...

March 12, 2014 - 4:45pm
1 year 37 weeks ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department has received a $42,000 grant from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The Muskingum County Sheriffs Office applied for the grant based on the number of fatal crashes on local roads as well as the number of partnerships within our community. Between 2011 and 2013 there were 30 fatal crashes in Muskingum county as well as 127 serious injury cases.

With the grant, the ZMCHD and Ohio State Highway Patrol will focus on...

February 4, 2014 - 5:05pm
1 year 42 weeks ago

Despite efforts to prevent smoking, it's still an ongoing problem. Kylie Jones, a Health Educator at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, said part of the reason is due to a lack of funding, making it difficult "to fight the battle of tobacco use."

Jones said, "It's the people starting younger and then becoming tobacco users for a lifetime. But if we can kind of decrease the amount of youth that are starting, like I said, younger than 26. They have a...

January 27, 2014 - 3:33pm
1 year 43 weeks ago

The dangerously cold temperatures can be a serious threat to your health.

Medical Director at the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre says that already this January two people have been sent to the hospital with cases of frostbite and hypothermia. She suggests dressing appropriately while battling the frigid conditions.

"They need to bundle up well with layers. You need to keep your ears covered if you are going to be out a long time, probably...

January 17, 2014 - 6:04pm
1 year 45 weeks ago

Flu activity is in on the rise in Ohio.

Although many people are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus, Kristen Baker with the health department says that's often not the case. She says there are higher levels of flu being reported in adults in our area than in previous years.

"18 to 64 is our lowest age group as far as vaccinations about 31 percent of this population actually gets vaccinated compared to the U.S. overall. The total is about a 45 to 50...

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