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Public Health investigating confirmed measles case in Clark County
Clark County Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles in a child 1 to 10 years old who is unvaccinated. The child returned to Clark County on Nov. 14 after travelling internationally to a country where a measles outbreak is occurring.
The child visited Portland International Airport and two area hospitals while contagious. People who visited the locations listed below may have been exposed to measles. Read more.
Fourth Plain Coalition receives BUILD Health Challenge grant to address mental health impacts of housing disparities
The Fourth Plain Coalition was recently named one of 18 BUILD Health Challenge award recipients in the country.
The BUILD Fourth Plain project will receive $166,000 to support the work of Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Clark County Public Health, city of Vancouver, Fourth Plain Forward, Legacy Health, Kaiser Permanente and PeaceHealth Southwest. The organizations will work together to prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of unaffordable, substandard and unstable housing. The efforts aim to positively impact the mental health status of residents living along the Fourth Plain corridor. Read more.
Public Health issues advisory for Fallen Leaf Lake due to blue-green algae bloom
Responding to a report of a blue-green algae bloom in Fallen Leaf Lake, Public Health staff visited the lake and confirmed the presence of blooms near the bank, extending north from the Fallen Leaf Lake Shelter.
Public Health is advising people to avoid direct contact with lake water in areas of floating blue-green-colored scum. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that are harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water. Read more.
Free composting, green cleaning classes promote healthy living
Clark County’s Master Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free composting and green cleaning workshops this fall.
The composting workshops will teach people how to set up successful composting operations at home, highlighting different composting methods. The green cleaning workshop will teach participants how to make environmentally friendly alternatives to cleaning solvents that contain hazardous chemicals. Read more.
Two new confirmed cases of severe lung disease related to vaping products in Washington
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed two new cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping in Spokane County. The Spokane Regional Health District reported the new confirmed cases as a patient in their teens and a patient in their twenties.
There are now three confirmed cases in Washington. All three confirmed cases reported vaping prior to illness, but a specific product, device, or additive common to all three has not yet been identified. Investigations into these cases are ongoing. Read more.
Public Health releases report examining community health needs
Clark County Public Health and its partners in the Healthy Columbia Willamette Collaborative recently released the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment highlights community health needs across the Portland-metro area, including Clark County and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon.
Clark County Public Health will use findings from the assessment to demonstrate community need when applying for grants and identify areas of emphasis for prevention work. Read more.
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Now is the perfect time to get a seasonal flu shot if you haven’t already been immunized this year.
Everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu shot every year. Immunization not only protects the person receiving the shot, but higher immunization rates also help to protect those most vulnerable to complications.
Flu shots are the best method to prevent flu, hospitalization and missed days of school or work. Flu vaccine is widely available in Clark County. To get vaccinated, call your health care provider or pharmacy.
Option for dog-friendly patios
Clark County Public Health has created an option for food establishments interested in creating dog-friendly outdoor patios.
Since 2005, Washington state food code has prohibited all animals, except service animals, on the premises of food establishments, which include outdoor dining areas. Clark County Public Health has developed a variance to the state code that will allow dogs on outdoor patios while still maintaining food safety.
Contact your designated food safety specialist for more information.
Clark County Public Health declared the local measles outbreak over on April 29, after six weeks with no new cases.