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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May 8, 2018

Free bike helmets

May is bicycle safety month across the country. Clermont County Public Health is celebrating by giving out children’s bicycle helmets during the Family Fun Adventure Challenge on Saturday, May 12 at Batavia Township Park, located at 1535 Clough Pike in Batavia. The adventure challenge begins at 10:00 a.m. and Public Health will begin handing out helmets beginning at 10:30 a.m.

According to the National Safety Council, 488,123 people were treated in the emergency room in 2015 from a bicycle injury. That equates to 55 people each hour. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 60 percent.

Public Health staff members will be on hand to make sure each child is properly fitted for the correct size helmet.

For more information on the Family Fun Adventure Challenge, click here.

April 24, 2018

Get muddy at the East Side Adventure Challenge

Batavia, OH (April 24, 2018) – Batavia Township is hosting the third annual East Side Adventure Challenge on Saturday, May 12. The event takes place at 8 a.m. at the Batavia Township Park, 1535 Clough Pike.

The East Side Adventure Challenge is a 1.5-mile obstacle course and mud run. Some of the obstacles include climbing over a pile of tires, crossing a floating bridge, and wading through a giant mud pit – new to this year’s course. The cost of the race is $30 per person and includes a t-shirt and race medal. Groups of 4 or more people can get a special group rate $20 per person if they register together.

“This is the third year for the race, and we’ve tried to make small improvements each year, to make it better and more fun for those that compete,” said Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons. “We’re adding a mud pit this year to make sure all of our racers end up muddy.”

“The main goal of this event is to bring the community together and raise money for local charities,” said Parsons. In its first two years, the event has raised more than $8,000 which has been donated back to local charities. In 2017, the proceeds went to the Clermont County Chapter of the Vietnam Vets, KlickWow, Shop with a Sheriff, Opiate Task Force, and Young Life Ministries.

There is a race for young kids too. The Family Fun Adventure Challenge takes place at 10 a.m. and is a shorter version of the course, with fewer obstacles and less mud. “The family event is a great way for families to get outside, and get active together,” said Parsons.

After the race, families can enjoy the family fun zone, with food, vendors, and a rock-climbing wall. Clermont County Public Health will be giving out free bike helmets too.

To register for either the East Side Adventure Challenge or the Family Fun Adventure Challenge visit http://bit.ly/ESAC18.

April 23, 2018

We need your input

Clermont County Public Health is teaming up with several local health-related agencies and wants to know what you think about the health of your community. The Health Collaborative – a local non-profit group dedicated to making Greater Cincinnati healthier is leading a series of meetings in Clermont County to help shape the future of healthcare in your community.

Three meetings are being held in Clermont County on the following dates:

May 1, 2018
6-7:30 p.m.
Clermont County Public Library
Miami Township Branch
5920 Buckwheat Road
Milford, OH 45150

May 2, 2018
6-7:30 p.m.
Clermont County Public Library
Felicity Branch
209 Prather Road
Felicity, OH 45120

May 3, 2018
6-7:30 p.m.
Batavia Township Community Center
1535 Clough Pike
Batavia, OH 45103

Everyone is invited to attend and give their opinion on Clermont County’s top health needs, what you can do to improve health, and any barriers to receiving healthcare. Everyone who attends will automatically be entered into a random drawing for a $10 gift card from Walmart.

Other partners for the Community Health Needs Assessment include Mercy Health, TriHealth, UC Health, The Christ Hospital, Lindner Center of HOPE and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the Health Collaborative at 513-878-2862 or rsvp@healthcollab.org.

View event flier here.

March 6, 2018

Syringe Services Program Begins at Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital

(CINCINNATI; February 27, 2018) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Clermont Hospital is partnering with Clermont County Public Health and Hamilton County Public Health to offer a free syringe services program starting March 1.

The Exchange Project van, which is operated by Hamilton County Public Health, will visit the Clermont Hospital campus every Thursday from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The hospital is located at 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103.

In addition to providing access to sterile syringes, the program also offers testing and referral to treatment for HIV and Hepatitis C, education on prevention of infection and an access point to substance use disorder counseling and treatment programs. The program also provides naloxone, also known as Narcan, an opiate overdose reversal medication.

“A syringe services program is one more tool that we can use in the fight against opioid addiction. By providing resources such as referral to treatment and testing for HIV and hepatitis C, we can address other issues that accompany drug addiction,” said Julianne Nesbit, Clermont County Health Commissioner. “We are very fortunate to have a good partnership in place with Hamilton County Public Health and Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital to offer this valuable service.”

The needle exchange program, also known as a blood-borne infectious disease prevention program, is part of a wider comprehensive public health/harm reduction program.

“By providing access to sterile syringes to people who inject drugs, we can help reduce the spread of communicable diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV. Reported cases of hepatitis C, an infectious disease that can quickly transmit through injection drug use, increased by 40 percent in the last five years in Clermont County. During the same time period, the number of people living with HIV in Clermont County increased by 27%,” said Stephen Feagins, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Mercy Health’s East market. “Harm reduction efforts, such as syringe service programs, have been shown to have a positive impact in these areas.”

Approximately one in three people ages 18-30 who inject drugs has hepatitis C and hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease. For those who live with the disease, the medication cost alone to treat one case of hepatitis C is $84,000. The lifetime cost of treating one person living with HIV is $400,000. By contrast, the estimated cost of the Clermont County’s needle exchange program is $42,000 annually, with Mercy Health Foundation and Clermont County Public Health funding the program.

Other benefits of a syringe services program include:

  • Making used syringes valuable. People can exchange them for new ones, rather than discarding them in public areas.
  • Connecting people with treatment. People who inject drugs are five times as likely to enter treatment for substance use disorder when they use a syringe services program.
  • Reducing accidental needle stick injuries among first responders by providing proper disposal.

For more information about Clermont County Public Health’s syringe services program, visit http://www.clermonthealthdistrict.org/syringeservices.aspx. For more information on The Exchange Project, visit https://www.facebook.com/hc.xchange/.