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.

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.

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.