State officials remind that extreme heat is severe weather
Forecasters are predicting high temperatures in the 90s and triple-digit heat indexes around the state over the next several days. The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Health remind residents that extreme heat should be treated with the same care and preparation as a summer storm.
“Our bodies are usually very good at controlling their temperature, but extremely hot conditions over an extended period of time can stress even the most efficient system,” said Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health. “Factors that can interfere with a body’s ability to adapt to hot weather include age, obesity, dehydration, heart disease, and medications.”
To stay cool during extremely hot days:
- Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages (avoid extremely cold liquids and beverages with high levels of sugar or caffeine);
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and rest frequently;
- Plan outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening;
- Take cool baths or showers; and
- Seek an air-conditioned environment, such as a store, restaurant, public library, or a family member’s or neighbor’s home.
It is also important to learn the warning signs of heat-related illnesses.
Heat cramps: Are muscle pains and spasms, mostly in the legs, caused by dehydration and exertion. Though not life-threatening, heat cramps can be very painful. To prevent and treat heat cramps, drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic liquids, rest, and stay in a cool environment.
Heat exhaustion: Is caused by heavy sweating and results in not enough fluids to support your vital organs. Symptoms include cool, moist, pale, flushed, or red skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and lack of energy. Heat exhaustion is a serious and potentially life-threatening illness, so seek medical attention and take steps to reduce the body temperature and increase hydration. These include moving to a cooler environment; drinking cool, non-alcoholic liquids; loosening or removing clothing; and cooling the body with wet towels or a cool shower or bath.
Heat stroke: Is a life-threatening condition in which the individual’s body is no longer able to control its own internal temperature. Signs of heat stroke include hot, red, and dry skin, no sweating; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, short breathing; and high fever. Heatstroke can also cause disorientation or strange behavior, which may be more difficult to identify in an individual with dementia. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you suspect you or a loved one is experiencing heat stroke.
Hepatitis - A
There continues to be a growing outbreak of Hepatitis A in Ohio - Help protect our Community
Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus. The virus is very contagious and spreading from person to person creating an outbreak.
Hepatitis A is most likely to occur among:
- People who use recreational drugs in any way
- People who have direct contact with someone who has Hepatitis A
- People who have sex with an infected person
- People who were recently in prison or jail
- People experiencing unstable housing or homelessness
- People with chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis, hepatitis B or hepatitis C
Hepatitis A can be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine, but it MUST be given to the at-risk populations above.
We are asking for your help to put an end to this outbreak. Our focus as a community must be on the vaccination of the at-risk populations. Vaccination of individuals not among or not in extremely close contact with these groups will not slow the outbreak.
We need to ensure this message is shared with the right people and that action is taken. The Ohio Department of Health has made vaccination available for these at-risk individuals, who are un-insured or under-insured, at no cost. It is now our duty to educate the public to ensure individuals take advantage of this opportunity. Until we do this, the outbreak can and will continue to grow.
Please contact or encourage someone you know at risk to contact the Health Department at 740-732-4958 for more information today.
Make Sure Your Child is Protected - MMR Vaccine
Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Measles starts with fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. Cases are being reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Washington.
Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.
The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.
Children may also get MMRV vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). This vaccine is only licensed for use in children who are 12 months through 12 years of age.
Before the measles vaccination program started in 1963, an estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States. Of these, approximately 500,000 cases were reported each year to CDC; of these, 400 to 500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 developed encephalitis (brain swelling) from measles. Since then, widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era. However, measles is still common in other countries. Unvaccinated people continue to get measles while abroad and bring the disease into the United States and spread it to others. Visit the CDC's website for more information on Measles Cases in 2019.
After Hours Emergency Protocol
The Noble County Health Department has an after-hours emergency answering service system. This system gives the caller a prompt in the case of a public health emergency to leave a message in a specified mailbox. Any message left in this voice mailbox will cause the system to contact the Nurse on call, who within the required time-frame shall call in to retrieve the message and follow up as required based on the situation protocol. All calls received after normal working hours that are determined to be a public health emergency will be relayed to the Health Commissioner or Medical Director. The phone number of the answering service system is the same as the health department and is available 24 hours a day at 740-732-4958.