The Pulaski County Health Department will be getting a new part-time employee, after a release of funding by the state.Continue reading
The Indiana State Department of Health is now accepting grant applications that will help give rural communities access to intranasal naloxone kits.Continue reading
The first influenza-related death of the 2019-2020 flu season has been reported by the Indiana State Department of Health.
Last flu season, more than 110 Indiana residents died from influenza-associated illnesses.Continue reading
Indiana State Health Department is advocating for mosquito prevention after a rare human case of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE Virus) was confirmed by the CDC in Elkhart County. The patient passed away as a result of the infection.
Though it is dangerous, it is important to remember it is very uncommon for the virus to develop in people. This is the first human case in Indiana since 1998 and only the fourth reported in the state since 1964.Continue reading
Pulaski County residents have a few chances to learn how to use the potentially life-saving drug naloxone. The Pulaski County Health Department says it’s gotten overdose rescue kits from the Indiana State Department of Health, to distribute to the local community. As part of that effort, the Health Department will host four free training events over the coming weeks.Continue reading
Homeowners are encouraged to have homes tested for radon.Continue reading
A few chances to learn to use the potentially life-saving drug Narcan are being offered by the Marshall County Health Department this week. Training sessions will be held today at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Community Resource Center in Plymouth. Health board member Tracy Fox told the Culver Town Council last week that a third training has been scheduled for this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the Culver Beach Lodge.
The Indiana State Department of Health recorded the state’s first influenza-related death of the season.
Mosquito season is here, and with it comes the risk of West Nile virus. So far this year, mosquitoes in Elkhart, Carroll, Marion, and Bartholomew counties has tested positive for West Nile, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. No human cases have been seen yet in Indiana.
Those using wells are urged to take a few steps to keep their drinking water safe, following recent floods. The Starke County Health Department reminds residents not to use the well water, as long as the well casing is submerged in flood water.
First responders in Marshall, Starke, and Pulaski counties will be able to get more Narcan kits. The Indiana State Department of Health has awarded a total of $127,000 to 95 first responder agencies in 34 rural counties. That will cover the cost of nearly 3,400 Narcan kits, training for first responders, and expanding referrals to treatment and recovery options.
Ideas for improving the Winamac Town Park will continue to be discussed during tonight’s park board meeting. Last month, board members said they would like to see the equipment in the toddler playground replaced. The Winamac Kiwanis Club has offered to pay for the new equipment, if it’s awarded a matching grant from the Indiana District of Kiwanis.
Twenty-five flu-related deaths have been reported in Indiana this season and officials with the Indiana State Department of Health are urging residents to reduce the spread of influenza.
The Winamac Park Board continues to research the possibility of adding a splash pad at the Town Park.
State health officials urge residents to check their homes for radon. It’s a tasteless, odorless, radioactive gas that can be deadly over time.
Opioid-antidote Narcan is having an impact on the number of overdose deaths. According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s winter newsletter, the rate of unintentional drug poisoning deaths increased by nearly 900 percent from 1999 to 2015. In 2016, over 1,800 Hoosiers died from drug poisoning, mainly from opioids.
The Center for Disease control said that Indiana is one of the three worst states for overdose fatality reports because of inconsistencies in the way coroners test and fill out death certificates. In an effort to improve that reporting, the Indiana State Department of Health’s Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention launched a toxicology pilot program that works with coroners and allows them to order either a basic or more comprehensive panel. Continue reading
Officials with the Indiana State Department of Health are keeping an eye on the West Nile Virus activity in the state.
As of Aug. 18, 261 pools of water tested positive for the West Nile Virus in 58 counties this year. According to statistics compiled by the Indiana State Department of Health, three mosquito infections were separately reported in Starke County, La Porte County and Fulton County. One mosquito infection was reported in Porter County while there were no reports in Marshall County or Pulaski County.
The Indiana State Department of Health is looking into an increase in pertussis, or whooping cough, cases.
Whooping cough was confirmed in 136 cases in the first half of the year in Indiana. The state recorded only 66 cases during the same time period in 2016. The number of cases is expected to continue to rise.