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Informing, Educating, and Protecting the Public - Everyday, Everywhere, Everyone
Informing, Educating, and Protecting the Public - Everyday, Everywhere, Everyone

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Free HIV testing available in honor of National HIV testing day. Join us at our clinic on June 26th, 2015 to receive yours. Know your Status - Call for an appointment - 303-239-7078 or visit our website - http://bit.ly/1B1D5dl
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Know Where You Stand and Your Status: Your Power Over HIV - National HIV Testing Day - June 27, 2015
Do you know your status? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 18.1% of people aged 13 years and older living with HIV infection do not even know they are infected. Getting tested, and encouraging your partner to get tested is the best way to make sure you are both safe. http://bit.ly/1KCWDbe
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Warning About Bats in Houses and Pet Exposures
Due to the recent wet weather, bats have been found in a number of homes in Jefferson County. Make sure your pets are currently vaccinated for rabies. http://bit.ly/1KM8GC7
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It’s Farmer’s Market Time . . . Buy local, eat healthy
It's June and most farmer's markets are in full swing! Markets are an opportunity for residents and visitors to purchase locally-grown produce that is healthy and in season; meet and greet neighbors, business owners and local farmers; learn new recipes or ways of cooking healthier; and to buy local. Check our our blog post to find a market near you! http://bit.ly/1HB4e3K
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Tularemia found in Colorado Wildlife - The season’s first cases of Tularemia were identified in wild rabbits in Jefferson and Larimer counties on Friday, May 8. Tularemia is a disease of animals and humans caused by the bacterium
Francisella tularensis. Rabbits, hares and rodents can have large die-offs during outbreaks. In 2014, 16 human cases of Tularemia were identified in Colorado.
Tularemia can be spread by biting flies and ticks, but the environment can also be a source of infection, since bacteria from infected carcasses can contaminate the environment. In addition, bacteria can be present in excreta of infected animals, further adding to environmental contamination. Francisella tularensis can survive for extended periods in soil and water.
Tularemia is a rare disease and many symptoms are non-specific. Patient presentation and clinical signs may vary greatly depending on the route of exposure. Because of this, several of of the 2014 tularemia cases went a week or more without adequate antibiotic treatment, and most were hospitalized for treatment. Providers should maintain a high index of suspicion for this condition,
particularly in areas where animal die-offs have been reported, or in patients engaging in frequent outdoor activities. Tularemia can be successfully treated with antibiotics; streptomycin, gentamycin and the tetracyclines are recommended for treatment.
To report a tularemia case, please contact the Communicable Disease Branch at 303-692-2700. http://bit.ly/1L4wO1a
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Do You Ever Wonder, “Is #Mold Okay to Eat?” For many foods it actually is OK to just cut away the mold and eat the rest, but some molds are dangerous and can be toxic. These molds can cause #respiratory symptoms, #gastrointestinal #illness, and some #allergies, too. http://bit.ly/1Ee5bA5

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Protect Your #Pets from #Rabies - Rabies in wild animals is on the rise, especially in #bats and #skunks. CDPHE laboratories have confirmed rabies in 24 animals (two bats, 20 skunks, one raccoon and one cat) in Colorado. Of these, nine (38%) #rabid animals were known or strongly suspected of exposing 20 domestic animals and 20 humans. http://bit.ly/1JvasaY

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Every five years, the #Colorado Maternal and Child Health, #MCH Program conducts a statewide needs assessment of the health and well-being of Colorado’s #women, #children and #youth, including children and youth with special health care needs. The process involves collecting data to assess the health status of the MCH population as well as state and local capacity and ed to the selection of seven MCH priorities for 2016-2020: http://bit.ly/1FrElqm

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Mother’s Day Comes Too Early for Many in Jefferson County, Help Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies- http://bit.ly/1DQG96G
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Did you know medicines that are flushed down the toilet show up in our drinking water supply? Drug Take-Back Day http://bit.ly/1Deph9o
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