The 2014 Annual Report is a glimpse into our team’s work in the community in 2014, and highlights how our staff, community partners, and Board of Health members work to prevent disease and promote health and safety for El Paso County citizens.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and with a new school year underway it’s a time to remind families to make sure children’s vaccines are up to date. Immunizations aren’t just for children – they are needed throughout our lifetime. Read More

El Paso County Public Health is urging residents to keep pets up to date on rabies vaccination after seeing an increase in reports of pets being exposed to bats or other rabid animals.

Take the 5210 Survey! The word is spreading - eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary beverages. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a gift card! Available in English and Español

El Paso County Public Health is urging residents to keep pets up to date on rabies vaccination after a bat found in northeast Colorado Springs tested positive for rabies.

El Paso County Public Health is cautioning residents in west Colorado Springs (Pleasant Valley area) to take precautions after recently confirming plague in a mule deer in the area. 

Tularemia has been confirmed in a rabbbit and dog in eastern El Paso County. Take the following precautions to prevent tularemia exposure: do not handle sick animals, keep pets on a leash away from wild animals, when outdoors where wild rodents are present, wear insect repellent containing DEET, and use tick and flea preventative on pets. 

 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides an Air Quality Index that reports the daily level of air pollution on an hourly basis. The ranges are good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous. Check the Index to monitor air quality, and take precautions if needed.

You can protect yourself from mosquito bites and West Nile Virus by following the 5 Ds: Wear insect repellant with DEET, DRAIN standing water, take precautions at DUSK and DAWN, and DRESS in pants and long sleeves when possible. Click here for more frequently asked questions about West Nile Virus.

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.

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

 

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.

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.