DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
HUNTERDON RANKED THE HEALTHIEST COUNTY IN THE STATE BY ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
The County Health Rankings show the rank of the health of nearly every county in the nation and illustrate that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office. The Rankings help counties understand what influences how healthy residents are and how long they will live. The Rankings look at a variety of measures that affect health such as the rate of people dying before age 75, high school graduation rates, unemployment, limited access to healthy foods, air and water quality, income, and rates of smoking, obesity and teen births. Based on data available for each county, the Rankings are unique in their ability to measure the overall health of each county in all 50 states on the many factors that influence health, and they have been used to garner support among government agencies, healthcare providers, community organizations, business leaders, policymakers, and the public for local health improvement initiatives. READ MORE...
WEST NILE VIRUS
Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the United States have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes spread West Nile virus (WNV) that can cause serious, life altering disease. Read More....
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives.. For ore information visit: www.bt.cdc.gov
PERTUSSIS: PREVENTABLE BUT ON THE RISE
Reports of pertussis cases have increased 625 percent in Hunterdon County compared to last year. While case numbers for 2011 and 2012 are not official, it is known that for the period between September 2010 through May 2011, eight confirmed and probable cases of pertussis — also known as whooping cough — occurred in Hunterdon County. During that same period for 2011 to 2012, 50 cases occurred, with 72 percent of these cases appearing in Alexandria, Clinton Township, and Raritan Township. In addition to these 50 cases, another 15 cases remain under investigation from this latest period. READ MORE,,,,
HAZMAT AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE
The Hunterdon County Department of Public Safety announced today a streamlined organization for responding to emergencies involving hazardous materials. The improvement is a result of the recent merger of the county health department into the department of public safety.
"Our goal is clear: To rapidly respond to situations anywhere they occur in the county, and to quickly get experts to the site with proper equipment for immediate containment and correction," said George Wagner, director of public safety in Hunterdon County. "When it comes to hazardous materials, acting quickly and decisively are musts."
Merging the county health department into the department of public safety creates a shared service within the county government. Read more.....
RABIES IS DANGEROUS. RABIES IS HERE IN HUNTERDON COUNTY
But knowing the facts and taking just a few steps will go a long way in reducing your risks. For starters,
- Caused by a virus that can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man.
- Found in the saliva of rabid animals
- Transmitted by a bite or possibly by contamination of an open cut.
- Cats, dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs and foxes comprise nearly 95 percent of all animals diagnosed with rabies.
While domestic farm animals and other wild animals can become infected, rodents such as rats, mice, chipmunks, and squirrels are rarely found to have rabies. You
can recognize rabid animals by their abnormal behavior. They may appear either very vicious and aggressive or acting as if they are in a stupor, paralyzed or even
"drunk." Stay away from any animal acting abnormally. Learn the Facts Here...