North Shore Health Department Highlights for 6/21/16
Did You Know?
Zika Virus Disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. The illness is usually mild, with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People infected with Zika usually do not become sick enough to go to the hospital. Due to the mildness of the disease, many people may not realize they have been infected. However, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, including microcephaly and other neurological disorders.
As of June 9, 2016, in the US states and the District of Columbia, there were 234 pregnant women reported to the US Zika Pregnancy Registry, 3 live-born infants with birth defects, and 3 pregnancy losses with birth defects. Although these outcomes occurred in pregnancies with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection, we do not know whether they were caused by Zika virus infection or other factors.
Consider the risk of Zika when making your summer vacation plans. If you are traveling to an area with Zika, be sure to follow CDC recommendations to stay healthy and safe. All travelers to areas with Zika should prevent mosquito bites. Because Zika during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika. It can also be spread by a man to his sex partners, so travelers should use condoms if they have sex. If you’re visiting an area with Zika, remember essentials like insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and condoms.
Last week Health Department staff set up 10 mosquito traps around the North Shore. Aedes aegypti are more likely to spread Zika and are found in warmer climates, although Aedes albopictus also have the potential to spread it. Aedes albopictus have been found in Illinois and Michigan, so we are partnering with researchers from UW-Madison to do surveillance in our area for these mosquitos.
Find out the latest on Zika at the CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
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The North Shore Health Department has a proud and respected tradition of providing excellent health services to our North Shore communities. With our knowledgeable staff,we are continuing our mission to improve our residents' health, prevent disease, and safeguard the environment through an organized, collaborative effort.
The North Shore Health Department works with a Board of Health, comprised of a licensed medical adviser and members appointed for a two-year term by village presidents or the mayor of each community. Our staff consists of a health officer, an administrative assistant, a registered sanitarian, and registered nurses who are public health nurses.
The North Shore Health Department is one of the many benefits that make living in our communities very special. Our services and programs are thoughtfully selected and carefully planned to make our communities safer and healthier, and to provide a better way of life for all residents. We offer a wide variety of programs for adults, seniors, children and infants. Some services are free - others are available at affordable fees.
Our new North Shore Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is now available for viewing. Click the link below to see how you can help yourself and your community become a healthier place to live, work and play.
Community Health Improvement Plan 2014-2019
The North Shore Health Department Annual Report for 2015 is now available. Click the link below for viewing.
North Shore Health Department Annual Report 2015
We encourage you to take advantage of the many ways we can help improve and promote healthy lifestyles for you and your family.