Fremont County Public Health and Environment

201 N. 6th Street
Cañon City, CO 81212

(719) 276-7450
Fax: (719) 276-7451

Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Director:
Rick Miklich

Staff R.N.'s:
Lori Steinbeck

Emergency Preparedness:
Sarah Miller

Office Manager:
Matthew Kay

Vital Statistics
Deputy Registrar:
Christina Taylor
Paula Spurlin

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention:
Jen O'Connor

Environmental Health Department
Sid Darden
County Sanitarian
sid.darden@fremontco.com



Our mission is to protect and preserve the health of the citizens of Fremont County. Public health nurses provide a variety of services including immunizations, preventive assessments of children and the elderly and a full range of services designed to assist individuals and groups to attain and maintain good health and to cope with illnesses.

Take precautions to avoid hantavirus

State health officials today warned Coloradans to avoid hantavirus exposure. There have been two confirmed cases of hantavirus in the state this year, one of which resulted in death.

Hantavirus is a serious and potentially fatal respiratory disease carried by deer mice. People become infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has documented more than 90 cases of hantavirus across the state since it began tracking the disease in 1993. Approximately 40 percent of people who were infected died.

Coloradans are most likely to get hantavirus when they are exposed to deer mouse urine and feces in and around their homes. Unlike house mice, deer mice have large ears and eyes and white undersides. More people contract hantavirus in the early spring and summer, often when they are cleaning up yards and outbuildings.

“Be particularly careful where there is evidence mice have been in and around buildings or wood or junk piles,” said Dr. Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian. “If you have deer mice around your home, assume there is some risk of exposure to this virus. The more mice there are, the greater the risk.” House advises:

Initial hantavirus symptoms include fever, body aches, headache and vomiting. The symptoms begin from one to six weeks after exposure and can progress quickly to respiratory distress within one to five days. Infected people may have a dry cough and difficulty breathing.

“If you become ill with these symptoms, tell your physician about possible exposures to rodent-infested environments,” House said. “If hantavirus is suspected, early admission to a hospital for careful monitoring is critical.”

Because there is no effective treatment for the disease, House emphasized prevention as the key. She advised year-round rodent control, both in and outside the home.

Public Health Improvement Plan Approved

At the October 27th Board of Health meeting the 2014-2018 Public Health improvement Plan was approved by unanimous vote. This plan, a combined effect of the Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment(FCDPHE), the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, local healthcare providers and the public, identifies the following top three public health priorities for Fremont County:

FCDPHE will be working collaboratively with local healthcare providers as well as providing direct service to address these important issues. A copy of the completed plan is found at the link below.

If you have questions, please contact the FCDPHE at 276-7450.

Fremont County Public Health Improvement Plan

Fremont County Public Health Improvement Plan

Ebola Resources

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has Ebola information an resources available. Visit their site at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/ebola for more information.

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