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EBOLOA NEWS

EBOLA PREPAREDNESS

OCTOBER 14, 2014 PRESS RELEASE:
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, CDC, local health departments, and healthcare partners are taking precautions to prevent this from happening. READ MORE...

WASH HANDS

HUNTERDON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES IS FOLLOWING THE CDC AND THE NJ DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDELINES TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY.

EBOLA:

CDC: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
NJ Dept of Health: www.nj.gov/health/cd/vhf/index.shtml

ENTEROVIRUS D68:

CDC: www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html
NJ Dept of Health: www.nj.gov/health/cd/ev-d60/index.shtml

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FOLLOW US!THE HUNTERDON COUNTY DIVISION OF HEALTH NOW HAS A TWITTER PAGE - PLEASE FOLLOW US AT: https://twitter.com/hunterdondoh

 

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FREE POISION PREVENTION PRESENTATIONS FOR HUNTERDON RESIDENTS:

Wednesday, October 29th, 1pm to 2:30 pm and 3pm to 4:30pm:
Poison Prevention Training for County Employees and Local Community Organizations
Public Health Nursing, 6 Gauntt Place, Flemington - download flyer

Wednesday, December 10 10am to 11am:
For Seniors and People with Disabilities
Public Health Nursing, 6 Gauntt Place, Flemington - download flyer

 

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BLACK FLY/GNAT SURVEY

Problems with Gnats/Black Flies?
Residents from Hunterdon County have informed the health division that gnats (also known as black flies) have become a problem some areas of the county over the past month. The Hunterdon County Division of Public Health is collecting information on locations in the county where these insects are most problematic. Please assist us by completing our survey. Thank you for your cooperation.

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PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS FULL SCALE EXERCISE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
The Public Health Services Division of the Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety conducted an emergency preparedness full-scale exercise on September 17th, 2014 at the Rt. 12 County Complex in Flemington.

The exercise was designed to test the Health Division’s ability to distribute medication during a public health emergency, such as a deliberate release of plague bacteria.  Specific capabilities tested included public information, emergency operations coordination, security, and medication distribution. 

The Hunterdon County Health Division maintains a First Responder and Fixed Facility Plan to provide medications for large Hunterdon County businesses to protect employees and their families in the event of a public health crisis. The County maintains a Fixed Facility Plan for all county employees and their families as well. read more...

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HUNTERDON COUNTY CONDUCTS SCRAP TIRE CLEAN-UP IN KINGWOOD TOWNSHIP
The Public Health Services and Corrections Divisions of Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety have completed the collection; removal and recycling of nearly 2,000 scrap tires from a property in the Baptistown area of Kingwood Township. "The proper disposal of any discarded scrap tire is important," said Tadhgh Rainey, head of the Health Services Division. "Removing this quantity of tires from one site positively affects not just the immediate neighborhood but the entire area." read more...

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RABIES AWARENESS:
As we enter the warm summer months, we spend more time outdoors and see more wildlife around our homes. It is important to remember that animals in the wild may be infected with rabies and we should take precautions to keep our family and pets healthy. read more...

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IT'S LYME TIME
2014 Communicable Disease
Poster Contest

For Hunterdon County Students
in Grades 5 and 6

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

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HUNTERDON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, DIVISION OF HEALTH SERVICES

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HUNTERDON TOPS KIDS COUNTY RANKINGS - Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Hunterdon County ranked number one out of all New Jersey counties in the overall well-being of its children, while Cumberland County ranked last, according to the New Jersey Kids Count annual rankings and county profiles released today.

Kids Count compares New Jersey’s 21 counties on 13 measures of child well-being, including child poverty, health, safety and education. Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Bergen and Middlesex were the top five ranking counties, while Cumberland, Atlantic, Salem, Camden and Essex were the five lowest. READ MORE....

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HUNTERDON AGAIN RANKED THE #1 HEALTHIEST COUNTY IN THE STATE BY ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION - March 26, 2014
The County Health Rankings show the rank of the health of nearly every county in the nation and illustrate that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. The Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings look at a variety of measures that affect health such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, unemployment, limited access to healthy foods, air and water quality, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births. Based on data available for each county, the Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the overall health of each county in all 50 states on the many factors that influence health, and they have been used to garner support among government agencies, healthcare providers, community organizations, business leaders, policymakers, and the public for local health improvement initiatives. READ MORE...

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PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES DIVISION CONDUCTS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DRILL

The Public Health Services Division of the Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety conducted an emergency preparedness drill on February 20th at the Rt. 12 County Complex in Flemington, NJ.  The drill was designed to test the department’s ability to distribute medication during a public health emergency, such as a deliberate anthrax release.  read more...

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Comunity Health Improvement Plan

 

2013-2015
Hunterdon County
Community Health Improvement Plan

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WEST NILE VIRUS
CDC Westnile Virus
Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the United States have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes spread West Nile virus (WNV) that can cause serious, life altering disease. Read More....

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives.. For ore information visit: www.bt.cdc.gov

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PERTUSSIS: PREVENTABLE BUT ON THE RISE
Reports of pertussis cases have increased 625 percent in Hunterdon County compared to last year. While case numbers for 2011 and 2012 are not official, it is known that for the period between September 2010 through May 2011, eight confirmed and probable cases of pertussis — also known as whooping cough — occurred in Hunterdon County. During that same period for 2011 to 2012, 50 cases occurred, with 72 percent of these cases appearing in Alexandria, Clinton Township, and Raritan Township. In addition to these 50 cases, another 15 cases remain under investigation from this latest period. READ MORE,,,,

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HAZMAT AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE
The Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety announced today a streamlined organization for responding to emergencies involving hazardous materials. The improvement is a result of the recent merger of the county health department into the department of public safety. "Our goal is clear: To rapidly respond to situations anywhere they occur in the county, and to quickly get experts to the site with proper equipment for immediate containment and correction," said George Wagner, director of public safety in Hunterdon County. "When it comes to hazardous materials, acting quickly and decisively are musts." Merging the county health department into the department of public safety creates a shared service within the county government. Read more.....

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RABIES IS DANGEROUS. RABIES IS HERE IN HUNTERDON COUNTY
But knowing the facts and taking just a few steps will go a long way in reducing your risks. For starters, rabies is:

  • Caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man.
  • Found in the saliva of rabid animals
  • Transmitted by a bite or possibly by contamination of an open cut.
  • Cats, dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs and foxes comprise nearly 95 percent of all animals diagnosed with rabies.

While domestic farm animals and other wild animals can become infected, rodents such as rats, mice, chipmunks, and squirrels are rarely found to have rabies. You can recognize rabid animals by their abnormal behavior. They may appear either very vicious and aggressive or acting as if they are in a stupor, paralyzed or even "drunk." Stay away from any animal acting abnormally. Learn the Facts Here...

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MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER…

Welcome to the Hunterdon County Division of Public Health.  Our mission is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles, and protect the health and well-being of all residents and visitors of Hunterdon County. 

The staff at the Hunterdon County Division of Public Health is a multi-disciplinary group:  Public Health Nurses, Registered Environmental Health Specialists, Health Educators, Entomologists, and Infectious Disease Specialists.  This team works together in providing a healthy community for people to live, work and play. 

Hunterdon County was named the healthiest county in New Jersey two years running in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study of vital health factors that influence health.  Learn more about that study here http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/. The team at Hunterdon County Division of Public Health is proud to serve and contribute to improvements in our public’s health every day.

I invite you to learn more about the programs and services provided by the Hunterdon County Division of Public Health.   Some of our key programs include individual health services, environmental health, public health emergency response, recycling, and mosquito control.  If you are interested in learning more or becoming a health department volunteer, please call our department at 908-788-1351 or email me directly at kdemarco@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Be well,
Karen B. DeMarco
Health Officer

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