El Paso County Public Health has confirmed a wild rabbit in northeastern Colorado Springs died of tularemia infection, and are asking residents to remain cautious around wild animals. Tularemia has also been confirmed in eastern El Paso County near Yoder.

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.

Everyone has different needs when preparing for an emergency. Review our resources for children, seniors, pets, and people with access or functional needs. Consider their specific needs when preparing to evacuate or shelter in place.

El Paso County Public Health will be offering a course for health care providers to learn more about TB infection and disease in a "train the trainer" style course, offered Tuesday October 28, 2014 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  



El Paso County Board of Health unanimously appointed Dan Martindale to the position of El Paso County Public Health Director on August 26, 2014.

Take the following precautions to prevent plague exposure: Do not handle any dead rodents, including prairie dogs, rabbits, squirrels, mice or rats. Keep pets away from wildlife, especially dead rodents. Treat pets for fleas according to a veterinarian's advice. Do not feed wild rodents. Be aware of rodent populations in your area and report sudden die-offs to (719) 578-3199.

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 currently has no concerns about the virus in this area but continues to monitor the situation in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment..   

Each year domestic animals are exposed to rabies through interactions with wild animals in El Paso County. We know wild animals and unvaccinated pets have the potential to spread rabies to people. This is why we are asking the public to stay informed and take rabies prevention actions.

A rabid bat was identified in El Paso County in southwest Colorado Springs. For more information click here.

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 steps to take before, during and after a flood or flash flood.

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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.