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Perry County Health Department

About Perry County Health Department

 

Perry County Health Department

Angela DeRolph, Health Commissioner

409 Lincoln Park Drive
New Lexington, OH  43764

(740) 342-5179 - Phone
(740) 342-5540 - Fax

Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Email: perrcohd@odh.ohio.gov

Website: http://perrycountyhealth.info/

MISSION

To improve Public Health in Perry County by preventing disease, promoting health and safety, and protecting our environment.

VISION

A motivated community uniting for health and prosperity where we live, work, and play

VALUES

PCHD…ethical, innovative, and accountable

Zika Virus Information

Zika is a virus spread to people primarily through the bite of an Aedes mosquito; these mosquitoes most frequently bite in the daytime but can also bite at night. According to the CDC, there have been no reported cases of Zika virus disease transmission in Ohio or anywhere else in the continental United States at this time. However, cases have been reported in travelers returning to the United States, and recently in the U.S. there has been a case of Zika being sexually transmitted. Even though there are no recorded cases in Ohio, the Aedes mosquito that can hold the virus does live here in our state. - Haley White, Intern at the Perry County Ohio Health Department

 

Zika is a virus spread to people primarily through the bite of an Aedes mosquito; these mosquitoes most frequently bite in the daytime but can also bite at night. According to the CDC, there have been no reported cases of Zika virus disease transmission in Ohio or anywhere else in the continental United States at this time.  However, cases have been reported in travelers returning to the United States, and recently in the U.S. there has been a case of Zika being sexually transmitted. Even though there are no recorded cases in Ohio, the Aedes mosquito that can hold the virus does live here in our state.

The virus causes a flu-like illness which is typically mild to the average person usually only resulting in either no symptoms or mild fever, red eyes, joint and muscle pain, and/or itching and a rash. These symptoms and the virus itself are usually cleared up within a week or even less.

Although the virus is non-threatening to the average person, it can however be verydangerous to a pregnant woman’s unborn child. Currently the CDC is monitoring 320 pregnant women here in the U.S. who have contracted the Zika virus. Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus often give birth to children with Microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected often due to abnormal brain development.

Symptoms of Microcephaly can include things like backward-sloping forehead, small head size, dwarfism/short stature, seizures, hyperactivity, facial distortions, coordination difficulties, and delays in speech and movement.

Because the Zika virus only has mild symptoms it usually goes unnoticed, although a simple blood or urine test done by a doctor can confirm a Zika infection.

When it comes to treatment of the virus there is no vaccine to prevent it, or medicine to treat it. You can treat Zika on your own by getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of fluids to prevent dehydration. You can take acetaminophen to reduce your fever and headache although you should not take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) until dengue fever, another mosquito borne virus, can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding.

You can find out more information on the Zika virus and how to protect you and your family by visiting WWW.CDC.gov or contacting the Perry County Health Department.

-Haley White

The following table contains downloadable Zika-related PDF flyers from the CDC:

The basics of the virus and how to protect against it Download
Mosquito bite prevention Download
What we know about Zika Download
Pregnant and living in an area with Zika?
Download
Virus testing for pregnant women living in an area with Zika Download
How to protect yourself from getting Zika from sex Download
Help control mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus Download
Build your own Zika prevention kit for pregnant women Download

Know the Facts of Infant Safe Sleep!

The Perry County Ohio Health Department can provide safe sleep education and a free portable crib to eligible families with a baby 12 months old or younger. Call 740-342-5179

 

Know the Facts of  Infant Safe Sleep!

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Upcoming Events
Blood Drive Thornville Masonic Lodge Saturday, December 14, 2019 Dec 14, 2019 07:00 AM - 12:30 PM — Thornville Masonic Lodge #521 - 44 E Columbus St, Thornville, OH 43076
2019 Holiday Meal Program for Perry County Ohio Veterans Dec 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Perry County Veterans Service Commission - 121 W Brown St, New Lexington, OH 43764
The 2019 Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookie Walk Dec 14, 2019 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM — PBHC Activity Center - 112 S Main St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Fairview Assisted Living Christmas Party 2019 Dec 14, 2019 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM — Fairview Assisted Living - 5550 St Rt 37 E, New Lexington, OH 43764
December 2019 Coffee With Some Commissioners Dec 17, 2019 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM — Dodson's on Broadway - 313 W Broadway St, New Lexington, OH 43764
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