OKC-County Health News Latest news from the Oklahoma-City County Health Department. Zend_Feed_Writer 2 (http://framework.zend.com) https://www.occhd.org/pressroom '​Skeeter Meter' Status: Normal

OCCHD epidemiologists will use data from the following sources: temperature, mosquito trap counts, disease rate within captured mosquitoes, complaints from residents, human surveillance which includes West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in the state and throughout the Oklahoma County area to determine the risk.]]>
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:00:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/skeetermeter https://www.occhd.org/skeetermeter 0
Healthy and Safe Swimming

Pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds are great places to have fun, be active, or just relax. Learn how to stay healthy and safe when in the water this summer! ]]>
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:35:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/healthy-and-safe-swimming https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/healthy-and-safe-swimming 0
Beat the Back to School Immunization Rush!

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) nurses encourage parents/guardians to check the status of their children’s immunizations early in order to avoid the last-minute rush. Check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs and make sure to bring a current copy of their child’s shot record if they have one.]]>
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:58:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/beat-back-school-immunization-rush https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/beat-back-school-immunization-rush 0
First Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2018 Confirmed!

West Nile symptoms include fever, headache, body ache, and sometimes a rash. The most susceptible are infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. If symptoms are severe, please contact your doctor immediately.]]>
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:59:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/first-human-case-west-nile-virus-2018-confirmed https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/first-human-case-west-nile-virus-2018-confirmed 0
Stay Safe on Independence Day!

Many festivities occur to celebrate the Fourth of July. Make sure you are prepared for any activity you take part in!]]>
Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:10:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/stay-safe-independence-day https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/stay-safe-independence-day 0
South OKC Campus Nears Completion

OCCHD will soon have a new 25-thousand square foot campus to open late summer 2018. The Southern Oaks Learning and Wellness Campus is located at 6728 South Hudson next to Parmelee Elementary and Southern Oaks Library. Located in our city’s zip code with the lowest health indicators, OCCHD chose this location to serve the citizens of South Oklahoma City by bringing together a multitude of partners that allow for a broad array of services to be offered. ]]>
Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:11:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/southernoaks https://www.occhd.org/southernoaks 0
Car Seat Usage Tips Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:19:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/Car-Seat-Usage-Tips https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/Car-Seat-Usage-Tips 0 Cryptosporidium Parasites (Crypto)

OCCHD advises residents about Cryptosporidium parasites (Crypto) which live in the intestine of infected humans or animals. According to the CDC, Crypto can be found in soil, food, water, or surfaces that have been contaminated with feces from infected humans or animals.]]>
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:14:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/cryptosporidium-parasites-crypto https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/cryptosporidium-parasites-crypto 0
National Lightning Safety Awareness Week

Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.]]>
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:57:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/national-lightning-safety-awareness-week https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/national-lightning-safety-awareness-week 0
Men: Make Health and Wellness a Priority! Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:59:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/men-make-health-and-wellness-priority https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/men-make-health-and-wellness-priority 0 West Nile Survivor - ​Kristen Acosta

​Kristen Acosta of Yukon talks in the above video about the day she began having symptoms of West Nile Virus. She says the pain and suffering from West Nile was something she will never forget and the road to recovery was even more challenging. She also talks about the lasting effects from West Nile and she offers her advice to prevent it.]]>
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:47:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/west-nile-survivor-kristen-acosta https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/west-nile-survivor-kristen-acosta 0
Summer Heat Safety Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:03:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/summer-heat-safety https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/summer-heat-safety 0 Positive West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample Confirmed Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:31:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/positive-west-nile-virus-mosquito-sample-confirmed https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/positive-west-nile-virus-mosquito-sample-confirmed 0 Men's Health Month Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:51:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/mens-health-month https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/mens-health-month 0 Handling Food Safely Outdoors Fri, 25 May 2018 20:03:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/handling-food-safely-outdoors https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/handling-food-safely-outdoors 0 Swim Healthy. Stay Healthy. Wed, 23 May 2018 13:14:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/swim-healthy-stay-healthy https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/swim-healthy-stay-healthy 0 National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Sun, 20 May 2018 18:00:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/national-teen-pregnancy-prevention-month https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/national-teen-pregnancy-prevention-month 0 Family Fun Fest 2018 Fri, 18 May 2018 03:44:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/family-fun-fest-2018 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/family-fun-fest-2018 0 Ozone Alert

The primary component of smog, ground-level ozone, is a health risk to the general populace of Central Oklahoma, but especially dangerous to Children, The Elderly, Individuals with Respiratory Illnesses, Individuals with Cardiovascular Illnesses, Individuals with Asthma, Diabetes, and Emphysema.]]>
Thu, 17 May 2018 12:35:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/ozone-alert-day https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/ozone-alert-day 0
Reducing Tick Exposure Thu, 17 May 2018 02:01:00 +0000 https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/reducing-tick-exposure https://www.occhd.org/pressroom/reducing-tick-exposure 0