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George F. Wagner, Chief of Staff/Director of Public Safety
Karen B. DeMarco, Department Head/County Health Officer


908-788-1351
health@co.hunterdon.nj.us

314 State Route 12
County Complex, Building #1
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900


 
Hunterdon County Department of Health

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Clean Communities GrantHealth Department Warns about Increase in Rabies - July 25, 2019

PBS 39 News report by Erica Andrews

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Hunterdon Health Department: Rabies Protection Steps - July 16, 2019

Flemington - The Hunterdon County Health Department reports an increase in the number of positive rabies cases in wildlife animals this summer and reminds residents to avoid contact with stray or wild animals. From January 1- July 10, there are 15 positive animal rabies cases in Hunterdon County, compared to 10 cases in 2018. The animals that tested positive this year include: Coyote, bat, cat, groundhog, racoon, and skunk.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by saliva of an open cut or the eyes. The disease is transmitted from animals to humans or from animals to other animals. Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death.

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Clean Communities GrantHunterdon County Health Department Provides Litter and River Cleanup Efforts

Hunterdon County is slated to receive an $86,929 grant for 2019 from the New Jersey Clean Communities Coalition, which is dedicated to litter and river clean up projects, Freeholder Sue Soloway, the Board’s liaison for the Department of Health, reported at the June 4th Freeholder meeting.

Freeholder Soloway stated, “These clean up projects, overseen by the County’s Division of Solid Waste in the Department of Health, are designed to keep Hunterdon County litter-free and improve the quality of life in our communities.”

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The New Jersey Poison Information & Education System — Serving New Jersey Since 1983
NEWS RELEASE: Summer Safety in New Jersey - Prevent a Trip to the Hospital

(Newark, NJ) – Summer days should be spent outdoors enjoying the sunshine and warm weather not inside the emergency department of your local hospital. From common household items to poisonous plants to heat-related illness, poisonings happen anywhere, anytime and to anyone.

“Safety is no an accident, it’s a choice,” says Diane P. Calello, MD, Executive and Medical Director of the NJ Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Since most poisonings are preventable, it’s important to focus your attention on identifying and preventing potential hazards both at home and outdoors.

Sunburn, unsafe swimming and sweltering temperatures should not be the only concerns when heading to the pool on a bright sunny day. “Some pool and hot tub chemicals, which are necessary to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the water, can be dangerous and must be used and stored properly. For example, chlorine can cause eye irritation, breathing problems and lung injury if used in high concentrations or in poorly ventilated enclosed spaces,” says Calello. “There are a few things to keep in mind when handling chlorine – it should never be ingested; avoid shaking containers to minimize dust, fumes and splashes; open containers outdoors if possible; and do not touch chlorine with bare hands. READ MORE...

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Lead Poisoning Prevention Efforts

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FOOD SAFETY DURING POWER OUTAGES

Food Establishment Inspection reports

 

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Rabies Prevetion

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Zika Virus Fact Sheet

ZIKA VIRUS FACT SHEET

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected
mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint
pain, and conjunctivitis. The illness is usually mild with symptoms
lasting for several days to a week. READ MORE....

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EBOLOA NEWS

EBOLA PREPAREDNESS

Learn how Hunterdon County Health and Emergency Preparedness Officials are providing public services to Hunterdon County Residents during the Ebola Crisis....

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BLACK FLY/GNAT SURVEY

Problems with Gnats/Black Flies?
Residents from Hunterdon County have informed the health department that gnats (also known as black flies) have become a problem some areas of the county over the past month. The Hunterdon County Department of 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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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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