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Christian County Health Department Rabies Clinic

The Christian County Health Department hosted its annual low-cost rabies clinic Sept. 27, 2014.  The environmentalists/planners from the health department also uses this event to test their POD plans. The clinic is set up as a POD and the incident command structure is used to support the activities associated with the clinic. The animals are treated as patients and are administered a one-year rabies vaccine by local veterinarians at Skyline Animal Clinic and Mansfield Animal Hospital. The clinic this year was open from 1 - 4 p.m. One ferret, 15 cats and 223 dogs received rabies vaccines for a total of 239 animals treated. Sixty-nine vaccinations were given at no charge to Medicaid/Medicare recipients. Animal owners also received information on pet preparedness as part of the checkout process. The health department hopes to continue to provide this clinic to the community each year while testing its capability to support a POD and providing preparedness information to the public.

Green River District Health Department Conducting CASPER

The Green River District Health Department will conduct a CASPER (community assessment for public health emergency response) event o collect data for its community health assessment. The exercise will be held over two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 14 - 15 and Nov. 21 – 22. The survey will take place across the entire district which includes Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties. The health department currently is registering volunteers and finalizing the survey questionnaire that will be used during the exercise. Volunteers still are needed. Volunteers may help at either or both weekend events. Travel, hotel and mileage reimbursement will be provided for those outside the district. 

Ebola Community Presentation

On Oct. 24 Jessica Austin, regional epidemiologist and Taylor Preda, preparedness coordinator for the Green River District Health Department offered a presentation on Ebola and communicable diseases to a room full of community partners at the quarterly regional nursing/assisted living/home health planning meeting. Their presentation covered:  identifying problems, detecting disease presence (symptoms), options and measures to be taken for control of the disease, critical prevention techniques/awareness, current status of influenza and noro, Ebola virus history, 2014 West Africa outbreak, virus transmission, disease progression, treatment, Ebola preparedness movement, public health message, risks to long-term care community, current guidance, personal protection equipment and tabletop exercise materials.

 

Last Updated 11/10/2014
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