Washtenaw County Public Health

Mosquito
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Mosquito Season has arrived, and, in some areas, it is hitting with a vengeance.  Unfortunately, sometimes there is more to a mosquito bite than just minor swelling and itching.  Mosquito-borne illnesses are on the increase in Michigan.  On this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair will talk with Washtenaw County Public Health Epidemiologist Laura Bauman about the West Nile, Zika, and other viruses from which you should take precautions.


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In addition to remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces, Memorial Day also kicks off the unofficial start of summer, and that means picnics and barbecues.  So it never hurts to be reminded of holiday food safety tips.


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Did you know the summer of 2016 was the first in which Lyme disease is thought to have originated in Washtenaw County?  It was.  Now, 2017 is predicted to be a particularly bad year for ticks.  In this week’s edition of WEMU’s "Issues of the Environment," David Fair explores why that is and what you can do about it with a medical entomologist from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


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Recent events in our community, like the Ann Arbor area’s 1,4-dioxane plume, have increased residents’ awareness of – and concern about – the chemicals companies use.  While many state and federal regulations may exist that govern chemical storage and manufacturing, these regulations generally do not involve an onsite inspection component.  As a result, the programs are enforced on a complaint basis or incident, after the fact.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair talks with Kristen Schweighoefer,  Environmental Health Director for Washtenaw County Public Health, about 25 years of effort to manage these issues in Washtenaw County.


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A suicide ends one life and  it forever alters the lives of family and friends. It is an issue that, despite increased awareness, is still discussed in hushed tones and often with stigma attached. On Tuesday, February 7th, the Washtenaw County Public Health Department will host a town hall forum on suicide prevention at the Learning Resource Center in Ann Arbor.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan delves into the deeply personal impact of suicide and what measures are being taken to better protect at-risk lives in our community. 


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Amid efforts in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the deadline to register for the health insurance marketplace  is January 31st.  


Champagne
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New Year's Eve is right around the corner.  For many, it's a time to gather friends and family and celebrate into the early morning hours.  Many of those celebrations are accompanied by indulgence in alcohol.  Ringing in 2017 in that kind of environment can pose serious difficulties for those struggling with addiction.


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Throughout the 2016 year, you've heard the staggering reports on heroin and opioid overdoses and deaths.  Washtenaw County is no exception.  Here's a look back, and look ahead, at dealing with the problem here at home.


1,4 Dioxane
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Washtenaw County, along with the city of Ann Arbor and the Huron River Watershed Council, will legally be able to intervene in discussions about the 1,4 Dioxane situation in our area.  


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Washtenaw County, along with the its health department and health officer, has taken legal action on isses related to the area's 1,4 Dioxane contamination plume. 


Flu Vaccine
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It's National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Washtenaw County Health Department says it's not too late to get your flu shot.  


Great American Smokeout
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Today is the day local and national health officials try to encourage people to quit smoking.


Today Is National HIV Testing Day

Jun 27, 2016
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There were 27 new cases of HIV among Washtenaw County residents last year. Health officials want to curb HIV transmission by making testing more available.


Lead Poisoning
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The ongoing water crisis in Flint is raising concerns among many local parents about lead poisoning in Washtenaw County.

Washtenaw County Receives Top 10 Health Ranking For 2016

Mar 17, 2016
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Washtenaw County is the seventh healthiest  in Michigan, according to a national survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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A 1,4 Dioxane plume has contaminated the well water of a family in Washtenaw County.


Denist Washtenaw
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It's been nearly a year since the Washtenaw County Dental Clinic for low income and uninsured patients opened for business in Ypsilanti.


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The new open enrollment period for Michigan's Health Insurance Marketplace has begun, and efforts in Washtenaw County are off to a good start.


The Corner Health Center
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After a long career with Washtenaw County Public Health and spending the last five years leading The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, Ellen Clement is retiring.  Clement has helped guide The Corner through changes brought on by health care reform.


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As parents get ready to send children back to school, health officials are calling for kids to get appropriate vaccinations.  The request comes at a time when more Washtenaw County parents opt out of vaccinations than other counties in the state.     

Washtenaw County Public Health Immunizations Coordinator Chris Karpinski says vaccines are a safe easy way to prevent illness from spreading.

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Mumps, pertussis and other diseases are a growing concern in Washtenaw County because many children haven't been vaccinated against them.

Washtenaw County places 66th out of Michigan's 84 counties for fully-vacinated children between the ages of 13 and 17.

Washtenaw County Public Health Medical Director Alice Penrose says some diseases that aren't common are starting to come back and could become a major problem.

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Washtenaw County Public Health is seeking nominations of area businesses that go above and beyond to accommodate breastfeeding moms and their babies.

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards. 

Winners will fall into one of three recognition levels: Gold, Silver or Bronze. 

Nominees and winners will receive stickers to place on their front doors to identify them as a breastfeeding friendly business. 

Nominations are due by July 18th and can be made online:

No New HIV Cases Seen At Testing Day Event

Jul 3, 2014
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Last week's HIV Testing Day in Washtenaw County was a success, especially for its participants.

No new cases were discovered among the 25 people who received testing, but HIV remains a growing problem within the community.

Washtenaw County Public Health nurse practitioner Cathy Wilczynski says it is especially affecting younger adults.

Officials are still trying to determine why the number of cases of HIV is on the rise locally.

Washtenaw County Reports Illness Due To E. Coli

May 14, 2014
Ecoli
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  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.

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Vaccinate your child. As 89-One WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, That's the message from health officials after a record number of cases of Pertussis were recorded in 2013.   

 2013 was a record year, though not one to be happy about.  

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