Controlling communicable diseases is perhaps the oldest and most fundamental public health responsibility. Horizon Public Health is committed to protecting the health of the citizens of Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse Counties through our Infectious Disease Prevention programs. We work closely with the Minnesota Department of Health as well as our local health care providers to provide surveillance as well as disease prevention and control activities to promote a healthy community.
Mosquitoes-There are a variety of diseases that may be spread by mosquitoes. The number of mosquitoes that are actually capable of causing infection in humans is relatively small, but it is always advisable to take preventive measures to protect yourself. For more information: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/dtopics/mosquitoborne/.
Ticks- A variety of diseases may be spread by ticks in Minnesota. The majority of tick-transmitted diseases result from the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick). Preventing exposure to blacklegged ticks requires diligence. We are in a low to moderate area for ticks in Minnesota. For more information: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/dtopics/tickborne/index.html.
Hand Washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.
Hands are the most exposed part of the body to germs. Touching the eyes, mouth, nose or food transfers the germs into the body.
For printable hand hygiene materials:http://www.health.state.mn.us/handhygiene/
Cover Your Cough - Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick!
Why should I cover my cough?
How do I stop the spread of germs if I am sick?
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease caused by a bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis. TB is spread through the air from one person to another and usually affects the lungs. TB can however attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain. TB is spread when a person with TB of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings and someone in close contact breathes in the bacteria.
To learn more about TB:
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, also referred to as sexually transmitted infections or STIs, do not refer to any one disease but include more than 25 infectious organisms that are transmitted through sexual activity and the dozens of clinical syndromes that they cause. For more information: http://www.health.state.mn.us/std
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be passed from an infected woman to her child during birth. Without proper treatment and follow up, approximately 40 percent of infants born to HBV-positive women will develop chronic HBV infection. Perinatal transmission of HBV can be prevented. The best way to prevent perinatal hepatitis B is for babies to be vaccinated at birth. Protect your baby and others in your family from hepatitis B.
Talk with your doctor if you have other questions about hepatitis B. If you have questions about the shots, call the Perinatal Hepatitis B program, 800-657-3970 or 800-657-3970. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health web site at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/hepb/
Horizon Public Health offers Child Care Health Consultant services to Licensed Day Care Centers in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens, and Traverse Counties. In the state of Minnesota, a child care health consultant (CCHC) is a licensed health professional (RN, PHN, MD) with education and experience in child and public health, early childhood education and preferably specialized training in child care health consultation.
What does a Child Care Health Consultant do?
The role of the CCHC is to promote the health and development of children, families and staff and to ensure a healthy and safe child care environment. This can be accomplished through consultation, training, resource information, referral, and technical assistance provided to early childhood educators in center–based and family child care settings. Some examples of CCHC activities include: