Due to recent heavy rainfall in El Paso County, El Paso County Public Health is reminding well owners to keep their drinking water safe by conducting regular water testing and well maintenance. Water wells can be contaminated by surface water runoff even if the surrounding area is not flooded. Visit our water quality for well testing instructions. 

Fires in El Paso County have significantly changed the landscape, presenting risk of debris flow and flooding. Read more to learn about health risks, and what to do before, during and after a flood or flash flood.

As warm weather approaches and people begin cleaning sheds, barns and other types of storage buildings, take precautions to prevent exposure to Hantavirus. Avoid  contact with rodents and inhaling duest that might be contaminated with roden saliva, urine, or droppings. 

El Paso County Public Health and Kaiser Permanente hosted a free community event to explore the problem of youth tobacco use. Video of the event, Tobacco Targets Youth: An Evening with La Tanisha C. Wright is available here

 

A 6 month old kitten who lived in northeast Colorado Springs has tested positive for rabies. To protect yourself from rabies, keep children and pets away from wild or unknown animals, and keep pets up to date on rabies vaccinations.

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.

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.

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.

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.