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Warmer Weather Brings Hantavirus Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Linda Smith

March 16, 2015                                                                          Public Information Officer                                                                                                                          719-587-5199

Warmer Weather Brings Hantavirus Risk

SAN LUIS VALLEY— Spring cleaning can increase your risk of exposure hantavirus unless you take proper precautions. Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), a relatively rare but very serious disease that results in death for more than one-third of those who become infected.

In the San Luis Valley, hantavirus is carried by deer mice, which can move into barns, sheds, crawlspaces, and attics to keep warm through the winter. The virus can be found in the urine, saliva and droppings of infected mice. People are infected by breathing in the virus when stirring up dust from mouse nests or mouse droppings in areas with poor ventilation, or when handling mice.

To protect yourself and your family, do not sweep or vacuum mice droppings or nesting materials, because breathing dust containing infected droppings or urine is the most common way to be exposed to the virus.  Before entering or cleaning enclosed buildings and other enclosed areas where mice may have been present, open them up to air out for 30 minutes.  Wear gloves and consider wearing an N-100 rated respiratory mask (available at most hardware stores) when cleaning rodent-infested indoor areas.  Spray mouse droppings and nesting materials with a disinfectant and let them sit for a few minutes before disposing of them in a plastic bag.  Take steps to keep rodents away from your home. 

Early medical care is crucial for those who do become infected.  First symptoms of HPS appear 1-6 weeks after exposure and are flu-like:  fever, headache, muscle pain, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. A few days later, difficulty breathing develops and progresses very quickly to inability to breathe. Anyone who experiences early symptoms in the weeks following exposure to rodents, their droppings, or their nests, should seek medical care immediately and be sure tell the medical provider about the exposure to rodents. 

Since hantavirus was first identified in the Four Corners area in 1993, Colorado has had more confirmed cases of HPS than any other state except New Mexico. Last year there were two confirmed cases of HPS in the San Luis Valley.

For more information call your local Public Health agency (Alamosa County  589-6639; Conejos County 574-4307; Costilla County 672-3332; Mineral County 658-2416; Rio Grande County 657-3352; Saguache County 655-2533) or go to www.cdc.gov/hantavirus

Hantavirus Infographic May2014

Tuberculosis: Public Health Notice

This is an informational notice from Saguache County Public Health. It is *not* an emergency. A resident in our area has tested positive for Tuberculosis. Risk of transmission to others is low, but Public Health officials will be contacting those who may be at risk of TB exposure in order to see if testing is needed. If you have questions, you may call Saguache County Public Health at (719) 655-2533 or Rio Grande County Public Health at (719)657-3352, or visit www.SLVEmergency.org.


In addition, the following link may be useful to you or your constituents:

Tuberculosis: Get the Facts! Brochure
http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/pamphlets/tbgtfctseng.pdf (English and
Spanish)

Springtime in Saguache County

Hello fellow Saguache County Residents, finally the sun has come out to play!  With our delay in Spring time weather many might have forgotten that Spring & Summer are working our way.  Please remember to keep you & your families safe- wear helmets whenever on bikes, ATV's, motorcycles, ect., apply sunscreen prior to being in the sun & reapply as directed, keep hydrated at all times, increase intake of fruits & veggies & stay active, doing all of these consisently will help you & your family better live safe & healthy lives!

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Public Health Improvement Information

Here at Saguache County Public Health we are improving our community by working with other organazations in the community to improve over all health and health concerns in our community. We are dedicated to our community and the people, and we are striving to making this community a healthier place to live, and enjoy.  In the process we are teaming up with our schools, and making a plan for the students to live a healthier lifestyle.  We are sharing information with schools on better choices of nutrition, and exercise. This will allow students to be able to take this information home and incorporate this with their parents.  If you are interested in viewing more of what we are doing you can download this docuemnt: http://www.chd.dphe.state.co.us/CHAPS/Documents/PHIPs/Saguache_Final.pdf

 

Veteran Service Officer

The Veteran Service Officer James Sheeran will be in Center at the Public Health building on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  If you have questions you can call  719-655-2680

He is in Sagucahe Office on Wed, Thrs, and Fri from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m.  He is also is Crestone when not in Center or Saguache, you can always reach him and see where he will be, as his schedule is subject to change.

The numbers he can be reached at are:

Saguache 719-655-2680

Saguache Public Health 719-655-2533,

Center Public Health 719-754-2773

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Immunization Prices

Saguache County Public Health will be able to provide vaccines ONLY to unisured children, Native Amaericans, and children currently enrolled in Medicaid as of January 1, 2013.We are working closely with Rio Grande Public Health Department to ensure that children who are insured and would like to continue receiving vaccines form local Public Health agencies are able to do so. Please click the read more to see the list of prices for childhood immunization fees.

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