Increased West Nile Virus Activity Among Mosquitoes in WV

The Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department has been notified by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health (BPH) of a recent increase in West Nile virus activity among mosquitoes, Currently, mosquito surveillance data shows that 41 of 200 (20.5%) collected mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus. The majority […] Continue Reading »

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Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department Releases INFORMATION FOR POWER AND WATER OUTAGE

FOOD GUIDELINES • For emergency cooking you can use a fireplace, a charcoal grill or camp stove outdoors only due to the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. • If the temperature of perishable foods rises above 41⁰F for more than 4 hours, it should be discarded. • Foods in the freezer will remain frozen up […] Continue Reading »

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WVDHHR Media Unsafe use of generators and grills can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning

Many residents turn to gasoline generators, gas or charcoal grills and camp stoves during extensive power outages. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is reminding residents that these appliances may be harmful or even deadly when used improperly because of carbon monoxide (CO). DHHR Office of Environmental Health Services Director Barb Taylor […] Continue Reading »

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Health officials caution residents without power about food safety

July 2, 2012 For immediate release Health officials caution residents without power about food safety Extensive power outages caused by severe storms Friday across West Virginia has officials with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Environmental Health Services concerned about food safety. Director of OEHS Barbara Taylor said “It’s important […] Continue Reading »

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Media WVDHHR issues a Statewide Boil Water Advisory to Affected Areas

July 2, 2012 For immediate Release DHHR issues a Statewide Boil Water Advisory to Affected Areas The WV Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health has issued a boil water advisory effective until further notice. DHHR Office of Environmental Health Services Director Barbara Taylor said, “Due to the statewide power outages, any […] Continue Reading »

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HAN #63 INCREASED RISK OF FOODBORNE/WATERBORNE ILLNESSES DURING POWER OUTAGES

INCREASED RISK OF FOODBORNE/WATERBORNE ILLNESSES DURING POWER OUTAGES TO: West Virginia Healthcare Providers, Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities FROM: Marian L. Swinker, MD, MPH, Commissioner for Public Health and State Health Officer, WVDHHR, Bureau for Public Health DATE: 07/02/12 LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY HEALTH PROVIDERS, HOSPITAL-BASED PHYSICIANS, INFECTION CONTROL PREVENTIONISTS, LABORATORY DIRECTORS, […] Continue Reading »

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