Michigan, along with most other states, has seen an increase in severe respiratory illness in children caused by Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Enteroviruses are very common viruses; there are more than 100 types. Symptoms of EV-D68 infection can include wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever and racing heart rate. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious requiring hospitalization.
Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by touching objects or surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections but supportive care can be provided.
Young residents with asthma may be at an increased risk of severe complications and are encouraged to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications. Further, Michiganders can protect themselves from enterovirus by taking general hygiene precautions:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
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.
Bats & Rabies
It's that time of the year when the weather turns cooler and bats try to find a place to keep warm. Click here for information about what to do if you find a bat inside your home.
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.
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.
2014 County Health Rankings
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.
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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