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..   

Deputy Director, Dan Martindale will serve as the interim Public Health Director of El Paso County Public Health until a candidate search is completed and a permanent replacement is appointed. A unanimous decision was made in a special meeting held by the El Paso County Board of Health (BOH).

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.

The return of warmer temperatures brings the opportunity for freedom, relaxation, exploration, and being closer to nature. Whether you're relaxing in the backyard, turning up your garden, hitting the pool, or exploring the great outdoors, here are some ways to help keep you and your family healthy this spring and summer.

We all share the water we swim in, and we each need to do our part to keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy. To help protect yourself and other swimmers from germs, there are a few simple and effective steps all swimmers can take each time we swim. To view inspection reports of public pools and spas click here.


• 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.


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.

The El Paso County Public Health Annual Report outlines accomplishments and measurements of Colorado’s most populous county for 2013. The report depicts county statistics in measurable areas such as obesity, infectious diseases, tobacco prevention and health, education and environmental services. This report serves as a barometer of the health standing of the nearly 650,000 residents in El Paso County.

El Paso County Public Health partnered with Deerfield Park Community Center and Meadows Park Community Center in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of youth smoking.  Children helped removed cigarette butts from the parks in recognition of Kick Butts Day.

During an emergency, tetanus vaccination is recommended for impacted residents or first responders who have not had a documented dose within the past five years. To schedule an appointment at the Immunization Clinic, call (719) 578-3199.

Tobacco use costs the United States more than $289 billion a year, including at least $133 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity

Quit throwing money away.  Quit for yourself. Call 1.800.QUIT.NOW.

Visit tobaccofreeco.org for more free resources.

El Paso County Public Health has become the first public health agency in Colorado to earn national accreditation status by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). 

When returning to your home after a flood, be aware that flood water and debris may contain sewage and other hazardous items. Take steps to protect yourself and your family during the cleanup process.

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.