El Paso County Public Health's 2014 Excellence in Food Safety Award recognizes restaurants and other retail food establishments that consistently demonstrated excellence in food safety in 2014.

Congratulations to all recipients, who protect our public's health by promoting food safety.

Non-polio enteroviruses are very common and can infect anyone. But infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to get infected and become sick. That's because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to the viruses. Read these tips to help prevent the spread of infection.

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and about 46% of all homes tested in El Paso County (20005 - 2010) had high radon levels. Test your home - know your risk.

Three Colorado residents have been identified with tularemia, also known as "rabbit fever." No cases have been reported in El Paso County. Take the following precautions to prevent tularemia exposure:  Use insect repellent containing DEET on your skin, or treat clothing with repellent containing permethrin, to prevent insect bites. Wash your hands often, using soap and warm water. Be sure to cook food thoroughly and use water from a safe source.

 

Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever that is contracted through contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected individual or animal. El Paso County Public Health continues to monitor the situation in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Call CO Help at 1-877-462-2911 with questions about Ebola.

Flu season is here and El Paso County Public Health urges residents to get flu vaccine now to protect from the spread of disease. We have vaccine and FluMist (nasal spray) available for ages 6 months and older. Call for 578-3199 pricing. El Paso County has 253 hospitalized flu cases this season (as of 1/28/15).  

El Paso County Public Health has investigated 1 measles case in Colorado Springs related to a national outbreak originating in California. More than 300 potential exposures were identified and contacted by local and state public health. At this time, there are no secondary measles cases.

El Paso County Public Health reports the first rabid bat of the season. This bat was found by three children on the Southwest part of Colorado Springs, near 30th St. and Colorado Avenue. So far, two of the three children were recommended rabies post exposure prophylaxis because of the encounter.

El Paso County Public Health, in partnership with the State, other local public health officials, and Penrose Hospital, have identified nearly 300 people who may have been exposed to a patient with measles in Colorado Springs in early January.

FIGHT THE BITE!

• Wear insect repellant with DEET. 
• Drain standing water outside in tires, flower pots, etc. 
• Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. 
• Dress in pants and long sleeves when outdoors if possible. 
• Treat standing water such as small ponds and livestock tanks with larvacide.

 

About El Paso County Public Health

About El Paso County Public Health

Our mission is to promote and protect public health and environmental quality in the community through people, prevention and partnerships. El Paso County Public Health is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado and serves the estimated 622,263 residents of El Paso County and visitors. El Paso County includes the cities and towns of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Calhan, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Monument, Palmer Lake and Ramah. The median age of El Paso County residents, according to the 2010 Census Bureau, was 34. Seventy-two percent of residents are white, 15 percent are Hispanic, 5.8 percent are black, and 7.3 percent are other race and ethnicities.