Infectious Disease


The success of the Public Health System in caring for individuals depends on the partnerships between various agencies in our community.  One of our essential partnerships rests with the Health Care Providers in Clark County.  We strive to be accessible to you and support the important work that you do for the residents. 

Hepatitis A: 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in case linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018.  Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter - even in microscopic amounts - from contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person. Hepatitis A can also be spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex.  People at increased risk for hepatitis A in this outbreak include:

  • People with direct contact with individuals infected with the virus
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who use street drugs whether they are injected or not
  • People who are incarcerated
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • People who have traveled to other areas of the U.S. currently experiencing outbreaks

As of January 7, 2019, ODH reported 1,370 outbreak cases of Hepatitis A across 66 (75%) counties in Ohio.  In Clark County, there has been a dramatic increase (85.6%) in the number of hepatitis A cases reported to CCCHD in 2018.  From 2012-2017, Clark County had 0 hepatitis A cases; in 2018, 36 cases of hepatitis A were reported.  Of those, 17 cases were associated with the statewide community outbreak.  This report provides more detail about the status of hepatitis A in Ohio and in Clark County.

Clark County & Ohio Hepatitis A data as of 1-14-19

Influenza:

Flu season is upon us!  This report is a status update for flu activity in Clark County, the West-Central Ohio Region, and Ohio.  Please remember that only influenza-associated hospitalizations are reported to CCCHD.

Week ending 1-5-19

 

Norovirus

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea.  Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus.  You can get norovirus from:

  • having direct contact with an infected person
  • consuming contaminated food or water
  • touching contaminated surfaces then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth

Click here for more information on how to prevent spreading norovirus to others.  

 

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM):

How to spot AFM symptoms

For more information, please see the CDC links below:

acute-flaccid-myelitis- CDC

about acute-flaccid-myelitis- CDC

 

Infectious Disease

 

 

Winter is here!  Follow the links below for winter safety tips!

Winter storm safety

Avoid hypothermia & Frostbite

Hypothermia

Frostbite

Winter Weather FAQs

 

 

Parents of school-age children (and anyone interested in healthy families), check out CDC Videos for Parents.  These helpful, informative videos cover a wide variety of health topics.  As children return to school, don't forget the basics: a good review of hand-washing techniques and respiratory hygiene will give your young student added protection against colds and other illnesses.


Nursing Phone: 937-390-5600

Nursing Fax: 937-390-5626

Nursing Supervisor: Britney Bruce  (x274)

Communicable Disease Nurse:  Natalie Hall (x 237)

Epidemiologist: Anna Jean Petroff (x267)


 

last reviewed:  1-14-19  PLF