Morrow County Health Department

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday 7:15 AM to 5:00 PM

OPEN DURING LUNCH (Closed all day Friday) 

For emergency assistance after hours, please call (567)231-9740







 

Reproductive Health and Wellness Clinic

Program under Construction!

 

Services now available:

Pregnancy tests are available on a walk-in basis, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. Cost is based on a sliding fee scale and we accept most forms of insurance.

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY!



Rapid Tests for HIV and Hepatitis C

HPV Vaccination

By Appointment: Mondays 12:30-4:30


Call (419) 947-1545, ext. 327 for more information and to make an appointment.


More services to come!










There have been a number of food recalls issued by the Food and Drug Administration recently, including Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchens brands of Flour due to possible E. Coli contamination; Nature Made products and Sunflower Kernels used in a variety of snack and trail mixes being recalled due to possible Salmonella and Listeria. Please click on the link below to get the latest information from the FDA.
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm










Zika Virus Disease - UPDATES







Background


Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). Zika virus can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause microcephaly and severe fetal brain defects and has been associated with other adverse pregnancy outcomes. Most people infected with Zika virus will not have symptoms; infants with microcephaly and other birth defects have been born to women with Zika virus infection who did not report symptoms.


CDC's testing recommendations for pregnant women are the same for those with ongoing and those with limited risk for possible Zika virus exposure who report clinical illness consistent with Zika virus disease (symptomatic pregnant women). Symptomatic pregnant women who are evaluated less than two weeks after symptom onset should receive serum and urine Zika virus testing. Symptomatic pregnant women who are evaluated 2 to 12 weeks after symptom onset should first receive a Zika virus antibody test; if the antibody test result is positive or equivocal (unclear), serum and urine testing should be performed.


Testing recommendations for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure who do not report clinical illness consistent with Zika virus disease (asymptomatic pregnant women) differ based on the circumstances of possible exposure. For asymptomatic pregnant women with ongoing risk for possible exposure who are evaluated less than two weeks after last possible exposure, rRT-PCR testing should be performed. If the rRT-PCR result is negative, a Zika virus IgM antibody test should be performed 2 to 12 weeks after the exposure. Asymptomatic pregnant women with limited risk for possible exposure who are first evaluated 2 to 12 weeks after their last possible exposure should first receive a Zika virus IgM antibody test; if the IgM antibody test result is positive or equivocal (unclear), serum and urine rRT-PCR should be performed. Asymptomatic pregnant women with ongoing risk for possible exposure to Zika virus should receive Zika virus IgM antibody testing as part of routine obstetric care during the first and second trimesters; immediate rRT-PCR testing should be performed when IgM antibody test results are positive or equivocal (unclear).


A man with Zika virus can pass it during sex to his male or female partners. Some non-travelers in the United States have become infected with Zika through sex with someone who has traveled to an area with Zika. Not having sex can eliminate the chance of getting Zika from sex. Men who live in or travel to areas with Zika can avoid transmitting Zika to their partners by using condoms every time they have sex, or by not having sex. To be effective, condoms must be used correctly (warning: this link contains sexually graphic images) from start to finish, every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral (mouth-to-penis) sex.

 

Birth Defects

Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Zika infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly, a severe birth defect that is a sign of a problem with brain development, and other severe fetal brain defects. In addition to microcephaly, other problems have been detected among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, absent or poorly developed brain structures, defects of the eye, hearing deficits, and impaired growth.

Although Zika virus has been linked with these other problems in infants, there is more to learn. Scientists continue to study the full range of other potential health problems that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may cause.


Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are Fever, Rash, Joint pain and Conjunctivitis (red eyes). The sickness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.  Because the incubation period for Zika virus infection is up to two weeks and many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms, many people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have the disease.

Symptomatic pregnant women who are evaluated 2 to 12 weeks after symptom onset should first receive a Zika virus test; if the IgM antibody test result is positive or equivocal (unclear), serum and urine testing should be performed.

 

Treatment

There is no medicine for Zika. See your doctor or other healthcare provider if you develop symptoms. The following steps can reduce the symptoms of Zika:

  • Get plenty of rest.

  • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.

  • Take medicine, such as acetaminophen, to reduce fever and pain.

  • Do not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding.

  • If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.

  • To prevent others from getting sick, strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the first week of illness.


Prevention

There is no vaccine for Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites:  

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

  • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

  • Treat your clothing and gear with permethrin or buy pre-treated items.

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. Always follow the product label instructions.

  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.



More detailed information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/about/index.html.   Please feel free to call Morrow County Health Department for additional information or resources.


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