PUBLIC HEALTH-MUSKEGON COUNTY LIFTING NO-CONTACT ADVISORY FOR RUDDIMAN CREEK
Public Health – Muskegon County is lifting a no-contact and no fishing advisory for the section of Ruddiman Creek between Ruddiman Lagoon and Muskegon Lake following test results that confirmation low fecal coliform levels. The County of Muskegon Wastewater facility is continuing to test the creek at the site of the spill to assure that levels remain low and proper water quality standards are met. For more information about fecal coliform and testing visit: http://water.epa.gov/type/rsl/monitoring/vms511.cfm
Outbreak Most Likely Caused by Bacteria Common in Foodborne Illness
Preliminary results from the Michigan Department of Community Health have shown the presence of a common foodborne illness causing bacteria in a sample tested from Bonicki’s Restaurant and Sports Bistro called Clostridium Perfringens. Clostridium Perfringens is found throughout the environment in soils, sediment, and intestines of animals and humans. The bacteria typically causes illness when foods are served after improper storage or held at inadequate storage temperatures. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers Clostridium Perfringens one of the most common causes of foodborne illness in the United States and estimates that it is the cause of nearly a million cases of foodborne illness each year.
More information about proper food storage techniques and Clostridium Perfringens can be found at http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/default.htm
2014 County Health Rankings Now Available
The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. For a poster displaying Muskegon County's ranking compared to surrounding counties, visit our Statistics page.
Update of County's Sanitary Regulations
The Environmental Health program at Public Health - Muskegon County is seeking to repeal the Muskegon County Sanitary Regulations of 1984 and to replace them with the Muskegon County Environmental Health Regulations of 2014 in order to address oversights and better align the regulations with more recent State of Michigan criteria. For more details, click here.
We receive weekly reports of how many children are out sick from school or daycare with flu-like illness as well as reports of confirmed cases of flu. If you haven't received a flu vaccination yet, vaccine is still available. Visit your doctor's office, pharmacy or call our office at 724-1220.
Take the Stairs
Numerous agencies and organizations are working together in West Michigan to promote taking the stairs. Choosing the stairs is a simple way to add physical activity to your day and it saves on energy costs to run expensive elevators. Plus, it saves space in elevators for those who truly need them.
FREE color signs are available for use in West Michigan buildings with elevators. The durable signs can be mounted on walls near elevator call buttons, in waiting areas, by stair doors or other visually prominent locations. In Muskegon County, the signs can be picked up at United Way of the Lakeshore or the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce while supplies last. For more information visit http://ow.ly/mOa1U or email us.
Restaurant Inspection Results
You can check on how your favorite restaurants are doing with their inspections by visiting our inspection results page. Every licensed restaurant is inspected at least twice a year. Those with ongoing issues are listed in our enforcement actions report which is updated monthly. For grocery store and other retailer inspection results, visit https://secure1.state.mi.us/misafe/Default.aspx.
Local Public Health Accreditation
Public Health - Muskegon County was awarded accredited status! The accreditation process assures and enhances the quality of local public health in Michigan by identifying and promoting the implementation of public health standards for local public health departments, and evaluating and accrediting local health departments on their ability to meet these standards.
Take a look at our results report, letter of congratulations, certificates of achievement, presentation notes delivered to the Board of Commissioners by Mark Miller, Director of Local Public Health Services for the MIchigan Department of Community Health. Learn more about local public health accreditation at www.accreditation.localhealth.net.
Food and Product Recalls
For information on food recalls, please visit foodsafety.gov. For product recalls, visit cpsc.gov.
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