Michigan health officials say they have five confirmed cases of people getting sick from the eColi bacteria, including one in Washtenaw County.
Washtenaw County Public Health epidemiologist Laura Bauman says the local victim appears to have gotten sick after eating an under-cooked hamburger at a restaurant. She says the victim has since recovered.
Bauman says it's important to make sure any meat or chicken you throw on the grill this summer is thoroughly cooked.
Washtenaw County finds itself at the top of the list of Michigan's healthiest counties for the fifth straight year.
The "health factors" rankings compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute consider things like the availability of parks and recreational facilities, along with social and economic factors.
Susan Cerniglia is Public Information Officer for Washtenaw County Public Health. She says they know there's a strong foundation for good health in the county.
Washtenaw County’s approximately 60,000 residents on Medicaid or without any dental insurance will have a source for dental work starting next year. The Washtenaw County Commissioners Wednesday night approved plans for a Public Health Department owned dental clinic.
Washtenaw County Public Health is accepting applications for its Healthy Workplace Awards. The awards honor businesses and organization that promote a healthy living environment in the workplace. Kathy Fellabaum is a Health Educator with Washtenaw Public Health. She says businesses that promote healthy living in the workplace are a real benefit for employees. Fellabaum says you can nominate a business or organization for the Healthy Workplace Awards by filling out an online nomination survey. Businesses can also nominate themselves. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm March 15 and awards will be announced the week of April 7.
Washtenaw County Environmental Health has alpha-track test kits available at our office for $20 each, which includes the cost of postage and laboratory analysis. The test kits can be purchased at the Western County Service Center. Test kits can also be mailed to you for an additional $2 to cover postage and handling. For questions or to order a test kit by mail, please call (734) 222-3869.