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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 [...]


Dr. Laura Warner Appointed to State Behavioral Health Taskforce Subcommittee

Durango, Colo.: Dr. Laura Warner, San Juan Basin Public Health’s (SJBPH) Deputy Director of Operations has been appointed to the Long-Term Competency subcommittee of the Colorado Behavioral Health Taskforce, recently created by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS.) At the direction of Governor Jared Polis, the mission of the task force is to evaluate and set the roadmap to [...]


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 of animal-, insect-, and tick-borne [...]


SJBPH Releases 2018 Community Health Assessment Data

Durango, Colo.: San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) staff and leadership have concluded a multi-year assessment and planning process resulting in the creation of a 5-year Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP) that is based on data collected in the 2018 Community Health Assessment (CHA). Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs) in Colorado are required to complete a CHA every 5 [...]