Understanding West Nile Virus

Since 2002, 56 cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in La Plata county. As Public Health, our role is to investigate all laboratory reported cases to determine severity of illness, track number of cases, determine location of exposure and communicate to the public how to best protect themselves and their families. Given the [...]

By |2019-10-08T11:40:50-06:00October 8th, 2019|Communicable Disease|Comments Off on Understanding West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus: San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) urges residents take preventive steps to avoid mosquito bites

Durango, Colo.: The Animas Mosquito Control District notified San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that three mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus over the past two weeks.  The samples were collected from sites north of Durango in the Animas valley. The West Nile virus-positive samples are the first positive samples in the [...]

By |2019-08-13T11:00:02-06:00August 13th, 2019|Communicable Disease|Comments Off on Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus: San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) urges residents take preventive steps to avoid mosquito bites

Keep your family (including pets) safe this summer

Despite the long, chilly spring, warmer days will eventually make their way to our region. Outdoorsy locals will head out to partake in their favorite summer activities including biking, hiking, gardening, and river, lake, and other water fun. While the onset of warm weather motivates us to get outside, it also brings the risk [...]

By |2019-06-13T11:25:23-06:00June 13th, 2019|Communicable Disease|Comments Off on Keep your family (including pets) safe this summer

Prevent Animal-borne (Zoonotic) Diseases

As the weather warms, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) reminds residents that the risk of contracting certain animal-borne diseases increases. Zoonotic diseases are more common during warm weather months when humans and animals are frequently in close contact. SJBPH stresses the importance of controlling the presence of rodents and mosquitoes around homes as well [...]

By |2019-05-01T15:49:58-06:00May 1st, 2019|Communicable Disease|Comments Off on Prevent Animal-borne (Zoonotic) Diseases

Spread Joy, Not Germs This Holiday Season

The holidays are typically a time for being with family members and for sharing. Sometimes, though, this results in unhealthy sharing of communicable diseases like the flu. Communicable diseases are those that are infectious and that can be passed from person to person. San Juan Basin Public Health’s  (SJBPH) Communicable Disease Program works to keep [...]

By |2018-12-19T14:32:08-06:00December 19th, 2018|Communicable Disease|Comments Off on Spread Joy, Not Germs This Holiday Season