Mesa County Health Department issues a Public Health Update each week to keep residents up-to-date on local health concerns. Be sure to keep up with our blog, so you don’t miss an update.
infections linked to backyard flocks
Four multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections have been linked
to live poultry in backyard flocks. Outbreaks have been reported in 40 states,
including Colorado.
Eighty-six percent of those who were interviewed
claimed contact with live poultry the week before their illness began.
Many Mesa County residents keep backyard flocks
and should take precautions to avoid getting sick. Even organically fed poultry
can have Salmonella.
Chicks, ducklings and other live poultry can
carry Salmonella in their droppings
and on their bodies (feathers, feet and beaks), even when they appear to be
healthy and clean.
Persons with Salmonella
infection may develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 – 72 hours after
infection. The illness usually lasts 4 – 7 days.
Always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water
right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where the birds live
and roam.
Do not let live poultry inside the house and do
not snuggle or kiss the birds, touch your mouth, or eat or drink around live
Mesa County Health Department investigates cases
of Salmonella in the county.
before school begins
School will be in session in less than a month.
Now is the time to make sure kids are up-to-date on vaccinations.
DTaP/Tdap are required for all School District
51 students. State law requires parents to provide updated immunization records
at school registration and throughout the year.
DTaP/Tdap protect against diphtheria, tetanus
and pertussis (whooping cough), which can be deadly.
Whooping cough has been on the rise in Mesa
County for several years, with 18 cases reported in 2014. Statewide, pertussis tripled
between 2011 and 2014.
Vaccines protect you and our community. There
are certain populations such as very young children, or those with certain
medical reasons, who cannot be vaccinated.
Immunization schedules can be found at
Mesa County Health Department offers
vaccinations and serves all patients, regardless of inability to pay. Call (970)
248-6900 to make an appointment, or contact your health care provider.
The Health Department will host walk-in
immunization clinics from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on July 22 & 23. Bring your
immunization records for faster service.
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