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Simple Steps to Keep Your Home Healthy

We all want to live in a safe, healthy home, but unhealthy conditions are not always immediately obvious. The good news is that once you know what to look for, it’s easy to make note of a few things around your home, and then clean them up or improve them. Doing so can literally save your life. San Juan Basin [...]


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Flu Season

If you’ve noticed a dramatic uptick in sneezing, coughing, and tissue waving in the last few weeks, it isn’t a fever dream. Yes, along with the ethereal first dusting of snow, all the Christmas classics back on Netflix, and screamin’ deals on turkey, often comes the holidays’ less celebrated counterpart: flu season. Last year, a record 841 people in southwest [...]


It’s insurance season; a timely conversation with your Health Coverage Guide

It’s health insurance season again and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is here to guide you to the coverage you need. Starting November 1, 2019 through January 15, 2020 most Colorado residents responsible for their own health insurance can get coverage through Connect for Health Colorado and apply for financial assistance to help pay for it. If you already [...]


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 [...]