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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 level of virus activity in [...]


Medidas de seguridad alimenticia son buenas para la salud pública

Antes de salir a comer, ¿usted se detiene para pensar en todas las posibles enfermedades transmitidas por alimentos que podrían contagiarlo? Lo más probable que no. La mayoría de nosotros no lo hacemos, y si lo hiciéramos, salir a comer no sería tan divertido. La salmonella, la clostridium perfringens, la campylobacter, la listeria, el botulismo y el estafilococo no suelen [...]


Creating Community Food-safety measures are good public health

Do you stop to think about all of the possible food borne illnesses you could get when you go out to eat?  Probably not. Most of us don’t and if you did, going out to eat wouldn’t be nearly as fun. Salmonella, clostridium perfringens, campylobacter, listeria, botulism and staphlylococcus don’t tend to make very good dining partners.  Health inspections conducted [...]


One confirmed case, one suspected case of sudden and severe lung illness tied to vaping

For immediate release: Aug. 22, 2019 Jessica Bralish, Director of Communications 303-349-7527,   DENVER: There is one confirmed case, and one suspected case of sudden and severe lung illness tied to vaping in Colorado. The initial case was reported Tuesday, Aug. 20, and confirmed today. The second case was reported today, Thursday, Aug. 22, and it has not been [...]


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 district for the 2019 surveillance [...]


Creating Community: In the event of an emergency, is your family prepared?

Although emergency preparedness and response may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about services that San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) provides, it is a crucial one. When disasters strike in southwest Colorado, food, water, and air quality can be impacted, as well as access to healthcare services. Regional emergencies can also include disease [...]