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  • Avoid Possible exposure to ravies by avoiding bats and wild animals

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Cathy Hayden, Administrator

    217-382-4207

    chayden@clarkhd.org

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    Avoid possible exposure to rabies by avoiding bats and wild animals

    Clark County Health Department (CCHD) officials remind residents that bats are active this time of year, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. A person may contract rabies through a bite, scratch, or saliva from an infected animal. A bat bite or scratch may not be seen or even felt by the injured person due to the small size of its teeth and claws. A potential rabies exposure should never be taken lightly. If untreated, rabies is fatal. “If you find yourself in close proximity to a bat, dead or alive, do not touch, hit or destroy it and do not try and remove it from your home,” said CCHD Administrator, Cathy Hayden. “Call your local animal control office to collect the bat and call your healthcare provider or local public health department immediately to report the exposure and determine if preventive treatment is needed. If the bat is available for testing and test results are negative, preventive treatment is not needed.” Animals do not have to be aggressive or behaving erratically to have rabies. Changes in any animal’s normal behavior can be early signs of rabies. Bats that are on the ground, unable to fly, or active during the day are more likely than others to be rabid. Such bats are often easily approached but should never be handled.

    Recommendations to help prevent the spread of rabies:

    • If a bat is in your home, do not release the bat outdoors until after speaking with animal control or public health officials. It may be possible to test the bat and avoid the need to receive rabies treatment.

    • If you wake to a bat in the room you may need to be treated if the bat cannot be tested.

    • Keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats, ferrets and other animals you own.

    • Seek immediate veterinary assistance for your pet if your pet is bitten by a wild animal or exposed to a bat.

    • Call your local animal control office about removing stray animals in your neighborhood. Never adopt wild animals, bring them into your home, or try to nurse sick, wild animals to health.

    • Do not touch, feed or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or litter.

    • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.

    • Maintain homes and other buildings so bats cannot get inside.

    • Call your local animal control office or the CCHD (217-382-4207) to report a bat in your home or a dead bat on your property.

    • Call the CCHD at 217-382-4207 to report human exposure to a bat.

    • For more information about rabies, visit: http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbrabies.htm.

  • March Awareness!

                                                         National Nutrition Month

                    March is recognized as National nutrition month. National nutrition month was created to increase the public's awareness of the importance of good nutrition. In the late 1980’s the USDA decided that the public needed a visual representation of the food groups, and it needed to convey the three main ideas: variety, proportionality, and moderation.

                  In 1992 the “Food Guide Pyramid” was released. Although people now could visualize what a balanced diet looked like, they still struggled with their diet. In 2015 the USDA introduced the MyPyramid. The MyPyramid as designed to show a more personalized approach to eating healthy and physical activity. The MyPyramid added the ideas: activity, personalization, and gradual improvement to the original ideas of variety, proportionality, and moderation.

                Now we have “My Plate” which uses the 5 main food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet by using a familiar image of a place setting. This image allows a person to think about what they are putting on their plate and, in their cup, before they put it in their body.

     

    National Nutrition month is all about being a happy and healthier YOU! Here are 4 easy steps to be healthier.

    Step 1:

    - Cut out Unhealthy Snacking: snacking itself is not unhealthy for you, but instead of grabbing a “quick” bad of potatoes chips, grab an apple or a handful of grapes. This allows you to get the most out of the snack giving you a snack full of nutrients instead of oils.

    Step 2:

    - Be Active: You are more likely to want to snack if you are staying stationary for long periods of time. Set a timer to remind you to get up and move.

    Step 3:

    - “Eat the Rainbow”: Fruits and vegetables have multiple colors because each color contains chemicals (phytochemicals) that help the body fight of disease. These chemicals given the fruits and vegetables their color.

    Step 4:

    - Sleep: When you do not get enough sleep, it can affect almost every type of tissue and system in the body.

    Adults (18 and older): 7-9 hours

    Teens (13-18): 8-10 hours

    School age (6-12): 9-12 hours

     

     

     

  • One Fall Can Change It ALL

    Brain Injury Awareness Month

    March is recognized as brain injury awareness month. Our brain is one of the most complex and important organs. This organ controls and regulates many of our body’s functions including, involuntary functions, muscle movements, conscious, memory, and thought. When the brain is injured it does not just affect how our body functions it can affect who we are and the ways we think, act, and feel. That is why it is so important to keep your head protected when you are participating in activities where your head could be injured.

    General Information:

    Your Brain is divided into different functional sections called lobes. The frontal lobe, temporal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, cerebellum, and brain stem. Each of these different lobes control different body roles.

     

    Frontal Lobes Functions (Orange)

           - Attention                        - Concentration                                     - Self-Monitoring

           - Organization                 - Expressive Language (Speaking)      - Motor Planning & Initiation

           - Awareness of Abilities    - Awareness of Limitations                   - Personality

           - Mental Flexibility            - Inhibition of Behavior                         - Emotions

            - Problem Solving           -  Planning                                            - Judgment

      An injury to the frontal lobes may affect an individual's ability to control emotions, impulses, and behavior or may cause difficulty recalling events or speaking. 

     

    Temporal Lobes Functions (Pink)

           - Memory              - Understanding Language (Receptive Language)

           - Sequencing       - Hearing

           - Organization

    An injury to the temporal lobes may lead individuals to demonstrate difficulty with communication or memory.

     

    Parietal Lobes Functions (Blue)

           - Sense of Touch       - Spatial Perception (Depth Perception)

           - Visual Perception    - Identification of Sizes, Shapes, Colors

    Individuals who have injured their parietal lobes may have trouble with their five primary senses.

     

    Occipital Lobes Functions (Green)

           - Vision

    An injury to one's occipital lobes may lead to trouble seeing or perceiving the size and shape of objects. 

     

    Brain Stem Functions (Yellow) 

           - Breathing       - Consciousness

           - Arousal          - Heart Rate

           - Sleep & Wake Cycles

    The brain stem controls the body's involuntary functions that are essential for survival, such as breathing and heart rate.

    Cerebellum Functions (Red)

           - Balance & Coordination 

           - Skilled Motor Activity 

           - Visual Perception

    An injury to the cerebellum may affect balance, movement, and coordination. 

     

     

    Since each lobe controls a different sensory function, when a lobe is damaged a person can experience loss of 1 or more of their primary senses.

    Injuries:

    A brain injury that is neither hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or caused/induced by birth are considered an acquired brain injury (ABI). There are two types of ABI’s: Traumatic and Non-traumatic.

     

    Non-TBI:

    •  Stroke (Hemorrhage, Blood Clot)

    •  Infectious Disease (Meningitis, Encephalitis)

    •  Seizure

    •  Electric Shock

    •  Tumors

    •  Toxic Exposure

    •  Metabolic Disorders

    •  Neurotoxic Poisoning (Carbon Monoxide, Lead Exposure)

    •  Lack of Oxygen (Drowning, Choking, Hypoxic/Anoxic Injury)

    •  Drug Overdose

     

     

     

    TBI:

    Falls

    •  Assaults

    •  Motor Vehicle Accidents

    •  Sports/Recreation Injuries

    •  Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)

    •  Gunshot Wounds

    •  Workplace Injuries

    •  Child Abuse

    •  Domestic Violence

    •  Military Actions (Blast Injury)

     

     

     

     

     

    Head injury is a very serious and a very preventable issue. Every year 1.4 million people in the US sufferers from a type of head trauma. 50,000 deaths occur annually, and 235,000 people are hospitalized because of head injuries. 28% of those injuries are due to falls, 20% from motor accidents, and 19% are due to sport injuries. Head injuries can be prevented by following these simple measures.

    Prevention:

    * Supervise younger children

           - Do not allow children to participate in games/activities that are not appropriate for their age range.

    * Follow all the rules & warning in public areas

           - Such as: parks, public bleachers, pools, etc.…

    * Wear a seat belt every time you drive and obey all traffic signs and signals

    * Wearing a helmet and making sure your children wear helmets when:

           - Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, scooter, or all-terrain vehicle;

            - Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing;

           - Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard;

           - Batting and running bases in baseball or softball;

           - Riding a horse

           -  Skiing or snowboarding.

          - Discard and replace any sporting equipment that is damaged

    * Keep firearms unloaded, and put away in a locked area

    * Remove all hazards in the home that may cause falls

    * Never drive while tired or inhibited by drugs or alcohol

    * Make sure your child is properly buckled and in the appropriate seat for their age, weight and height

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • February Awareness: Don't Gamble with your heart

                                                                                  American Heart Month

    The month of February is recognized as “American Heart month”. American Heart Month is a nationally designed event created in 1964 to help remind Americans to focus on heart health. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease, with more than 17.9 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Although cardiovascular disease is so prevalent and the cause of many deaths among Americans, it is also very preventable by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

    Cardiovascular disease symptoms include:

            - pain in the chest,

            - swelling in feet, shortness of breath,

            - feeling weak/lack of energy,

            - palpitations

            - cyanosis (bluish color to the skin due to lack of oxygen in the blood)

     

    When these symptoms are ignored or kept untreated, cardiovascular issues can progress into heart attacks, strokes, and other heart diseases that can lead to death. 

    A heart attack is a sudden and sometimes fatal occurrence of coronary thrombosis (blockage of the flow of blood to the heart). A heart attack occurs when one or more coronary arteries are blocked.

    Heart attack symptoms can differ between men and women, but the most common symptom include: pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in the chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back.

    A stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death. This occurs when blood flow to an area in the brain is cut off. The brain cells, deprived of the oxygen and glucose that are needed to survive, die. If a stroke is not caught early, permanent brain damage or death can result.

    Stoke symptoms include:

            - headache,

            - weakness/numbness (on one side),

            - loss of balance,

            - slurred speech,

            - face drooping,

            - blur vision,

            - unconsciousness.

     

    Preventing cardiovascular disease is an easy life discussion and can be completed simply by maintaining a healthy diet of all of the food groups and exercising regularly.

    Ways to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease include:

    • Healthy Diet: limiting your intake of junk foods and sugary snacks/drinks can lower your blood pressure
    • Exercise: 2.5 hrs. a week is the recommendation to maintain a healthy weight
    • Quit Smoking: 1 of every 5 heart disease-related deaths are connected to smoking
    • Limit Alcohol: excessive drinking increases your risk of blood clots and can weaken the heart
    • Decrease Stress: prolonged exposure to stress can damage your artery linings

     

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Emergency Contact Information

In the case of an emergency after business hours, please call the Clark County Sheriff's Department at 217-826-6393 or 9-1-1.