September 12, 2018

Public Health Stays Prepared During Preparedness Month

Every September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. It serves as a reminder that disaster can strike anywhere and at any time. The month-long campaign encourages families across the country to take action and have a plan in place for when an emergency does happen.

Clermont County Public Health used Preparedness Month to practice its own emergency plan. On Tuesday, September 11, Clermont County Public Health participated in a full-scale exercise to practice their response to a county-wide emergency. The day consisted of setting up a point of dispensing (POD) location at the Clermont County Fairgrounds.

A POD is a location where medicine can quickly be given out to people who may have been exposed to a biological threat, such as anthrax. POD’s can also be set-up to quickly vaccinate lots of people from a disease such as the flu, during an epidemic.

“We hope we never have to set up a POD in a real situation,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “But, we do practice routinely, so that if we ever need to open a POD, we can do it as quickly and efficiently as possible”.

Once the POD was set up, 19 Clermont County Public Health staff members simulated giving out large amounts of vaccine to the public.

“While it is difficult to plan for every possible situation or scenario, our emergency response plan is constantly revised and updated to allow us to stay prepared for the emergencies that are most likely to affect public health in Clermont County,” said Nesbit.

In addition to the fairgrounds, Public Health has eight other POD locations throughout the county that can be used during an emergency. The last time a POD was opened in a real scenario in Clermont County was during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak.

For more information on preparedness tips and how to set up your family’s own emergency plan, visit www.ready.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24, 2018

West Nile Virus rates increasing in Clermont County mosquitoes

As summer comes to a close, West Nile Virus activity in local mosquitoes is increasing. Clermont County Public Health has been trapping mosquitoes this summer and has had 10 positive tests for West Nile Virus.

Statewide, there have been 1,984 positive tests for West Nile Virus in mosquitoes. The virus has been found in mosquito populations in 51 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

West Nile Virus is a disease that can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Anyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito can get sick, but in Ohio, the highest risk is to people over the age of 50. Only about 20 percent of the people infected with the virus will have symptoms of the illness that includes:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Vomiting and nausea

“With a higher number of mosquitoes carrying the virus this year, the chances of being bitten by an infected mosquito are higher too,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “We encourage everyone to protect themselves from being bitten, and get rid of places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.”

The type of mosquito that most commonly carries West Nile Virus likes to lay eggs in small areas of standing water like ditches, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, buckets, or other containers that can hold rainwater.

Mosquito season increases near the end of summer and continues into October. Usually, the first hard frost of the year will kill most adult mosquitoes.

To protect yourself from mosquito bites

  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellent when going outside
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants
  • Treat your clothes with permethrin to repel mosquitoes
  • Avoid being outside during peak biting times – early morning and evening
  • Get rid of any containers that can hold water
  • Use a mosquito dunk or larvicide for areas of standing water that can’t be drained
  • Keep grass in your yard cut short
  • Make sure your doors and windows have screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house

For more information and the most up-to-date numbers of mosquitos trapped visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

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Photo: Tyler Braasch, a sanitarian with Clermont County Public Health checks a mosquito trap

Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) is dedicated to the mission of striving to improve Clermont County by preventing disease, promoting health, and protecting the environment. For more information, visit http://www.ccphohio.org.

August 21, 2018

Fast food worker in Clermont County diagnosed with Hepatitis A

BATAVIA, Ohio – Clermont County Public Health has identified a case of hepatitis A in an employee at the Taco Bell restaurant at 889 S.R. 28 in Miami Township.

The risk to patrons is extremely low. As a precaution, Clermont County Public Health is asking anyone who has eaten at the Taco Bell on State Route 28 in Miami Township from August 15-17 to monitor for symptoms of the virus for up to 50 days. Symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • fatigue
  • low appetite
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • clay-colored stools
  • jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)

A vaccine can protect you from getting sick if received within two weeks of contact with the virus. Patrons should contact their health care provider if they have questions or concerns.

“The restaurant management has been very cooperative and we are working with them to review safe food handling techniques,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit.

The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June. So far, there have been 256 cases statewide that are linked to this outbreak.

The disease, which affects the liver, can be spread through eating or drinking contaminated food. Food gets contaminated if a person who has the virus does not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom and before preparing or touching food.

In addition to getting a vaccine, the best way to protect yourself from hepatitis A is to wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and before eating.

Illness from hepatitis A can range from a mild case that lasts a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

People at the highest risk of Hepatitis A during this outbreak include:

  • People with direct contact with anyone who has the virus
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who use illegal drugs
  • People who are homeless
  • People who have traveled to other areas of the U.S. that are currently experiencing an outbreak

For more information on the statewide outbreak of hepatitis A, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website here.

For more information on hepatitis A from the Centers for Disease Control, click here.

August 20, 2018

Delay in birth certificate processing

Due to an upgrade to Ohio’s vital statistics database, we will be unable to process birth or death certificates on Tuesday August 21. You may still order online using our website during that time. Once the database is online again, we will process your request.

 

Update

As of Wednesday August 22, we are once again able to process birth certificates for anyone born in Ohio.

August 8, 2018

Hepatitis A cases increasing in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A. Clermont County is also seeing an increase in cases of hepatitis A. In addition to Ohio, outbreaks are occurring in Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Michigan.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can be prevented with a vaccine. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person puts something in their mouth that is contaminated with the virus. If you eat food that is contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter, from someone who has the virus, you can get sick.

People at higher risk for getting sick from Hepatitis A during this outbreak include:

  • People who have direct contact with someone infected with the virus
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who use street drugs whether they are injected or not
  • People who are incarcerated
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People who have traveled to areas outside of the U.S. currently experiencing outbreaks

Symptoms of Hepatitis A

  • Fatigue
  • Low appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)

What can you do?

1) Get vaccinated

If you think you are at high risk for hepatitis A infection, you can get a vaccine. Call your healthcare provider or your local health department. You can call Clermont County Public Health at 513-735-8400 to schedule an appointment for your vaccine.

2) Wash your hands
Washing your hands with soap and warm water after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food can help stop the spread of hepatitis A.

Additional resources

Hepatitis A vaccination information

Hepatitis A disinfection guidelines

For more information on hepatitis A, click here (CDC)

For more information on the outbreak in Ohio, click here (ODH).

Stop the spread of hepatitis A poster
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Hepatitis A information for first responders

Hepatitis A infographic

 

July 23, 2018

Clermont County mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile Virus

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BATAVIA – A pool of mosquitos trapped in the village of Williamsburg’s Community Park has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Clermont County Public Health staff has been trapping and collecting mosquitos at several sites throughout the county this summer as part of Ohio’s Mosquito Control Grant Program. Trapped mosquitos are then sent to a lab where they are tested for West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus affects the central nervous system and can cause serious illness. However, about 80 percent of people who become infected with the virus will not show any symptoms.

So far this summer, 3,777 mosquitos have been tested in Clermont County. Statewide, the Ohio Department of Health has tested more than 234,000 mosquitos, with 479 testing positive for West Nile Virus.

“As the end of summer approaches, we see an increase in mosquito activity in our area,” said Clermont County Assistant Health Commissioner Tim Kelly. “We encourage everyone to protect themselves and avoid mosquito bites when they’re outside.

To avoid mosquito bites, citizens are encouraged to:

  • Use EPA registered insect repellent and follow the label instructions.
  • Wear long sleeves or long pants and cover as much of your skin as possible when you are outside, especially between dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.
  • Check your window and door screens to make sure there are no holes to allow mosquitos in your home.
  • Eliminate standing water in your yard, where mosquitos can breed.
  • Use larvicide or mosquito dunks if you have areas in your yard that contain water that can’t be drained.

For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at

https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html.

June 29, 2018

Is it time to renew your driver’s license? You may need a birth certificate.

Beginning July 2, Ohio is introducing a new driver’s license and identification card with more security features and better identity protection.

After July 2, anyone needing to renew their license or ID card will have the option of getting a standard card, or a compliant card or license. A compliant card requires more identity documents and will meet new travel security requirements for airlines.

Anyone choosing to get the new compliant ID card or license will need to provide several identity documents including his or her birth certificate.

For more information on the new Ohio Driver’s licenses, click here.

If you need to order your Ohio birth certificate, you can visit our office for same day service, or you can skip the line and order it online here.

If you need a birth certificate, but were not born in Ohio, you will need to contact the vital statistics office in the state in which you were born. For a list of where to get birth certificates for each state, click here.

June 25, 2018

Medication Safety Tips to Protect your Family

Did you know that each year approximately 60,000 children are treated in the hospital emergency department due to unintentional medication poisoning? That’s four school busloads of children in the hospital every day! Medication theft is also a concern for many families, and many young people begin abusing prescription drugs with items found in the medicine cabinet at their own home.

With summer in full swing, your children may be home more often, and it’s important to keep safe medication practices in mind. Follow these tips to protect your family:

  • Educate your family and children on the importance of medication safety.
  • Store medications in a safe and secure location that is not easily accessible or visible to children. Clermont County Public Health can provide residents with a locking medication storage container. Call 513-735-8400 to learn more.
  • Never leave medications out on the kitchen counter or at the bedside.
  • Always replace the medicine bottle’s safety cap by twisting until you hear the “click.”
  • Remind babysitters and houseguests to keep their purses and bags that contain medicine up and out of sight when they’re in your home.
  • Monitor your medications regularly to verify they are all accounted for and not expired.
  • Dispose of unused or expired medication properly in a drug drop box or by using a drug deactivation product such as Deterra. Click here for a list of permanent drug drop box locations.
  • Keep the Poison Control Center phone number (800-222-1222) posted in a convenient location in your home or save it in your cell phone, and call right away if you think your child might have gotten into medicine, even if you aren’t sure.

To learn more about medication safety visit the following resources:

  1. https://www.upandaway.org/
  2. https://www.knowyourotcs.org/
  3. http://www.scholastic.com/otcmedsafety/parents/
  4. https://www.safekids.org/medication-safety-0
June 19, 2018

We need your input

Clermont County Public Health is partnering with local hospitals and the Health Collaborative – (a local non-profit group) to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment lets Clermont County residents give their opinion about the top health needs and concerns in the county and ways they can improve their health. The information in all of the surveys will be used to create a plan to help improve the health of the community.

To take the survey, click here.

June 12, 2018

East Side Adventure Challenge raises $4,000 for local charities

June 12, 2018

Five local charities will be receiving a donation as a result of the third annual East Side Adventure Challenge.
The challenge is a family-friendly obstacle course and mud run held each May at the Batavia Township Park.  Batavia Township hosted this year’s challenge on Saturday, May 12, which raised $4,000 to donate back to the community.

Young Life Southeast Cincinnati, which provided about 20 volunteers for the event and helped design the course will receive a $1,000 donation.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office – Shop with a Sheriff program, A Caring Place – pregnancy resource center, Vietnam Veterans of America – Clermont County Chapter and Inter Parish Ministry will each receive a donation of $750.

“We have so many wonderful local charities that help with so many important causes, we wanted to spread the wealth around,” said Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons, who also served as the race coordinator.

The five charities were suggested by the East Side Adventure Challenge planning committee and the donations were approved at the June 4 meeting of the Batavia Township Trustees. Other agencies that were involved with the planning of the event include Clermont County Public Health, Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, Young Life Southeast Cincinnati, Hospice of Cincinnati, and Anchor Fitness.

“We had our biggest turnout so far, with about 150 paid participants, and lots of generous sponsors that helped us increase the amount we were able to return to the community,” said Parsons.

In the three years of the event, the race has been able to donate more than $12,000 to 11 different non-profit agencies that serve Clermont County residents.

Photos from this year’s event can be found on the challenge’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eastsideadventurechallenge/.

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