Friday, August 26, 2016

San-Lee Park Mountain Bike Trail and Boat dock Access

August 26, 2016
Mountain Bike Trail and Boatdock Access Open


Lee County Parks & Recreation announces that access to the Mountain Bike Trailhead and Boat Docks at San-Lee Park has been restored.  Park patrons can now access both those areas via a new pathway located by the large bulletin board at the upper parking lot of the park.

Press Release: Mosquito-Borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis On The Rise This Summer


Mosquito-Borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis
On The Rise This Summer

Seven horses, one human infected so far in 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 26, 2016
Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
919-855-4840

RALEIGH, N.C. – Mosquito-borne eastern equine encephalitis has infected one human and six horses this summer in North Carolina, state health and agricultural officials report.

Also known as EEE or ‘Triple E,’ the virus can cause inflammation of the brain. While there is a vaccine for horses, there is none for humans. State Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health officials noted there was a single case affecting a human reported in North Carolina. State Agriculture Department officials said seven cases affecting horses were reported in Brunswick, Hoke, Onslow, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson and Wake counties. North Carolina averages one case in humans and 10 in horses every year.


“Triple E is not communicable between horses and people,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Carl Williams, DVM. “It is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. While Triple E is very rare in humans, when it does occur it is a serious illness, so it is very important to take protective measures against mosquito bites.”

There is no human vaccine for EEE. Symptoms typically appear four to 10 days after someone is bitten by an infected mosquito and may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and sore throat. Severe cases can involve encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Those at highest risk of contracting EEE live in or visit woodland habitats, and people who work outside or participate in outdoor recreational activities.

If you or someone you know is experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your local medical provider.

“Fortunately, there are preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the chance of infection in both people and horses,” said Dr. Mike Neault, Director of Livestock Operations, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “Reducing breeding grounds for mosquitoes on your property is one of the most important preventative measures for humans and animals. Vaccines are available for horses and both the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the NCDA&CS recommend equine owners work with their veterinarian to ensure their animals are kept current on their vaccinations against Triple E.”

Take steps to reduce habitat for pests including mosquitoes and reduce exposure to them.
Tip and Toss:
  1. Reduce mosquito breeding opportunities by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least weekly.
  2. Be sure to tightly secure screens on all openings on rain barrels used for water conservation.
  3. Clean up any trash or leaves that may be around your home or in rain gutters.
Reduce exposure and use preventive measures:
  1. Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET (or equivalent) on exposed skin and wear clothing treated with permethrin, a synthetic insecticide used against disease-carrying insects.
  2. Mosquito-proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and use air conditioning if you have it.

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About the N.C. Division of Public Health Epidemiology, Communicable Disease Branch
The Division of Public Health Epidemiology, Communicable Disease Branch works with the public, local health departments and other public health agencies, healthcare professionals, educators, businesses, communities and healthcare facilities to protect and improve the health of people in North Carolina through disease detection, tracking, investigation, control, education, prevention and care activities.

About the NC Department of Agriculture, Livestock operations program
In order to accomplish their objectives, Animal Health Programs cooperates with USDA-Veterinary Services and USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service by conducting tests and inspections to detect diseases and regulate the intrastate movement of animals. When infection appears, appropriate quarantines are placed and actions are taken to limit or stop the spread of disease and to control or eliminate the infection from the herd. Animal Health Programs, Livestock Section, also receives support from private veterinarians who are officially accredited to test and certify an animal's health status. They depend on the close cooperation of other state agencies, the veterinary profession, and the livestock industries.

Agenda - 8/29/16 Commissioners' Special Called Meeting

Click here to view Agenda for the August 29th special called meeting of the Lee County Board of Commissioners. 

Special Meeting of the Lee County Board of Commissioners

The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet in special session Monday, August 29th at 6 p.m. to discuss the Colon Road water issue and go into closed session to discuss a possible economic development project.  The meeting will be held in the Commissioners' Board Room, Lee County Government Center, First Floor, 106 Hillcrest Drive, Sanford, NC.  

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Simple Way You Can Help Us Fight the Zika Virus

Dept. of Health & Human Services
This summer, whether you’ve been scrolling through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, your social media feeds have probably included stories about the Zika virus. You may have read about how the Zika virus spreads mostly through mosquito bites, the potentially devastating impact that Zika can have on pregnant women and their newborns, or the number of cases here in the United States. At HHS, we are working to ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information about Zika and what it means for your health and safety.
Social media is a valuable tool for key information about Zika, but we need your help to spread the word. We want to make sure you and your social networks have the most accurate information on the Zika virus, and we’ll share more information as it becomes available.

Share key messages about Zika with your friends and family. Every retweet and share helps us educate more people and plays a part in preventing the spread of Zika.

Prevent Zika. CDC.

READ MORE: A Simple Way You Can Help Us Fight the Zika Virus

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Agenda - Board of Health Meeting - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM


REGULAR MEETING OF THE LEE COUNTY    
BOARD OF HEALTH
 AGENDA

Lee County Government Center
106 Hillcrest Drive, Sanford, NC  27330
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
7:00 p.m.




I.                                  Call to Order

II.                               Approval of the Agenda

III.                            Approval of the Minutes  - Pages  1 -3
      
IV.                             Public Comments

V.        Introduction of a New Employee – Mr. Heath Cain, Health Director
·         Ms. Yerania Macias – hired August 1, 2016 – Part-time Interpreter

VI.       Action Items– Mr. Heath Cain, Health Director
·         Adoption of the 2016 NASPHV Rabies Compendium – Pages 4- 19
·         Walmart Community Grant – Pages 20-29
·         Apply for Title X Funds- Pages 30-31
·         Approval of the Contract with NC Alliance of Public Health – Pages 32-41


VII.                       Update Information – Mr. Heath Cain, Health Director
·            Behavioral Health Update – Pages 42-43
·            Monthly Report – Oral Health Section- Mrs. Wendy Seymore, Dental Hygienist –
Page 44
·         Lee County Health Department Activity and Management Summaries – Pages 45-46



  VIII.  Adjourn

Action Taken from 8-15-16 Commissioner's Meeting

The Lee County Board of Commissioners met on August 15th for their monthly meeting. Click here to view Action Taken from said meeting.