52 Weeks to Health: Week 51, Winter Preparedness

Winter Preparedness Prepare for extremely cold weather every winter—it’s always a possibility. There are steps you can take in advance for greater wintertime safety in your home. Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is predicted. Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days notice. If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one […]

Counties of Excellence

2018 County of Excellence: Clinton County In 2003 the Lake Cumberland District Health Department re-instituted selecting an annual “County of Excellence”.  The winning county is awarded for scoring highest across a wide variety of quality and performance measures such as productivity, patient satisfaction, utilization review, show rates and collections. Previous Counties of Excellence 2018 Clinton County 2017 Wayne County 2016 McCreary County 2015 Taylor County 2014 Wayne County 2013 Wayne County 2012 Taylor County 2011 Green County 2010 Russell County 2009 Taylor County 2008 Russell County 2007 Wayne County 2006 Green County 2005 Casey County 2004 Taylor County 2003 Green […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 50, Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands Did you know that handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness?  Clean hands can stop the spread of germs from person to person and throughout an entire community. Stop the spread of germs by washing your hands before, during, and after preparing food, before eating food; before and after caring for someone who is sick; before and after treating a cut or wound; after using the toilet; after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet; after blowing your nose, coughing, […]

Pulaski County: A Case of Hepatitis A has been Diagnosed in an Employee at Local Restaurant

December 3, 2018 A case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in an employee who handled food at Zaxby’s Restaurant located at 2039 S. Hwy. 27 Somerset, KY 42501. Zaxby’s has set up a hotline for concerned customers: 866-8-ZAXBYS (866-892-9297). While it is rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drink at Zaxby’s Restaurant November 9, 2018 through November 30, 2018 may consider Hepatitis A vaccination. Zaxby’s Restaurant is fully cooperating with the Health Department and is working with the Health Department to get all employees […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 49, Flu

NATIONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION WEEK Every December we celebrate National Influenza Vaccination Week to remind everyone about preventing influenza, a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands die from flu-related causes every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. An annual seasonal flu […]

Hepatitis A Outbreak: McCreary County

Kentucky is still experiencing a major Hepatitis A outbreak. Now, there are cases being confirmed in McCreary County (see Lake Cumberland trends). McCreary has had 5 cases in November. That is equivalent to 2.8 cases per every 10,000 people, which is almost three times higher than the state average. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department recommend everyone residing in McCreary County be vaccinated. Hepatitis A vaccination is available at most local pharmacies, the health department and health care providers. Kentucky has been experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak since August 2017 with 2769 […]

Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Hypothermia, and Foodborne Illness in case of power outages

The Department for Public Health is warning of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, hypothermia and foodborne illness from possible power outages and cold weather as part of their year-long First 72 On You information campaign. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning • Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or near a window. • Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open. • Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t properly vented. • […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 48, AIDS

World AIDS Day World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. What is HIV/AIDS? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which is the virus that causes HIV infection. The abbreviation “HIV” can refer to the virus or to HIV infection. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. AIDS is the most advanced […]