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Saguache County November 3, 2015 Coordinated Election News
The Board of County Commissioners will be meeting with the New Public Health Director and staff at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s room.
The Saguache County Board of Commissioners are accepting written offers for the following list of lots. The lots will be for sale until an offer is accepted by the Commissioners, at their discretion, or until September 30, 2015.
If you would like to submit a bid offer for any of these properties you may request a packet from the Saguache County Land Use office at 719-655-2321. Bids must be submitted on a County bid form. Funds must accompany bids. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The Board reserves the right to refuse any bid submitted.
Fat Boy cucumbers recalled because of possible Salmonella contamination
Company name: Custom Produce Sales of Parlier, California
Product name: Fat Boy® cucumbers shipped in black, green and red cartons; dark green, 7-10 inches long and 1.75-2.5 inches around, often referred to as a “Slicer” or “American” cucumber
Reason for recall: May be contaminated with Salmonella
Distribution: California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas
BAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR RABIES
SAGUACHE COUNTY – A bat found by a resident of Saguache County tested positive for rabies this week. Fortunately, the individual was able to contact local public health and have the animal tested before any persons were exposed to the deadly virus. “We want to remind the public to protect themselves and their animals, and emphasize the importance of reporting animals that may have been exposed to a rabid animal or that may be showing signs of rabies, such as unusual behavior,” said Samantha Escobedo, SLV Regional Epidemiologist.
Bats and skunks are the most common species carrying the rabies virus in Colorado. Rabies virus is found in the saliva of infected animals and can be passed to humans and other mammals. It infects the nervous system and can cause difficulty breathing, paralysis, loss of consciousness and death.
Fortunately, rabies is preventable. Have your pets vaccinated for rabies, and if your pet comes in contact with a bat or a skunk, notify a veterinarian and/or public health department right away. Also remember not to feed, touch or adopt wild animals and be cautious around stray cats and dogs. Rabid animals do not always appear vicious. If you notice a wild animal exhibiting strange behavior, call your local animal control or law enforcement agency and do not touch the animal.
Colorado has seen a significant increase in rabies in recent years along the Front Range and to a lesser extent in eastern Colorado. According to statewide data from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, as of July 31, 63 animals have tested positive for rabies in Colorado so far in 2015. For more information about rabies please call your county health department or visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/rabies.
Alamosa County Public Health, Della Cox-Vieira RN, MPH, Director
8900 Independence Way, Alamosa, CO 81101
Office: 719-589-6639Fax: 719-589-1103Cell: 719-429-4832
Conejos County Public Health, Connie Edgar FNP-C, DNP, Director
19023 HWY 285, P. O. Box 78, La Jara, CO 81140
Office: 719-274-4307Fax: 719-274-4309 Cell: 719-850-4307
Costilla County Public Health, Vivian Gallegos RN, Director
233 Main St. Suite C, P. O. Box 99, San Luis, CO 81152
Office: 719- 672-3332Direct line: 719-672-3456Fax: 719-672-3856Cell: 719-206-0118
Rio Grande County Public Health, Emily Brown MPH, CPH, Director
925 6th Street, Rm 101 - Del Norte, CO 81132
Office: (719) 657-3352Direct: (719) 657-4231Cell: (719) 850-0040Fax: (719) 657-2286
Hinsdale and Mineral County Public Health, Tara Hardy M.S, Director
802 Rio Grande Ave., P. O. Box 425, Creede, CO 81130
Lake City main office: 970-944-0321 Creede office: 719-658-2416 Cell: 970- 819-1028
Saguache County Public Health, Alyssa OBrien RN, SCPHN; Crowfox Christi Fleming, Acting Co-Directors
220 S. Worth St, Center CO 81125/ PO Box 68 Saguache CO 81144
Center office: 719-754-2773 Fax: 719-754-2630
Saguache office: 719-655-2533 Fax: 719-655-0105
Company name: Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W), San Diego, California
Product name: All Limited Edition® brand cucumbers sold Aug. 1 through Sept. 3, 2015; shipped in a black, green and yellow carton marked “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.” This dark green variety, often referred to as a “Slicer” or “American” cucumber, is 7 to 10 inches long and 1.75 to 2.5 inches around. In retail stores, it usually is sold in a bulk display without individual packaging or plastic wrapping. In food service, it usually is served as part of a salad.
Reason for recall: Linked to nationwide outbreak of Salmonella Poona, with CDC reporting more than 300 cases in 27 states to date.
Salmonellais an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often have fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, Salmonella can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
People who have consumed cucumbers and are experiencing these symptoms should consult their physician. Colorado consumers who have cucumbers purchased during this time period are urged to discard them unless label shows produce company name other than A&W.
Distribution: Major retail locations, food service companies, wholesalers and brokers in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.
Colorado currently has 14 cases of Salmonella Poona with one hospitalization and no deaths. The Colorado cases are located in these counties: Adams (1), Arapahoe (4), Boulder (2), Broomfield (1) Jefferson (4), La Plata (1) and Larimer (1).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Linda Smith
July 29, 2015 719-587-5199
Protect Against West Nile
SAN LUIS VALLEY – West Nile virus has been identified in some mosquitoes tested by the Alamosa Mosquito Control District. Local Public Health officials would like to remind the public that the most effective way to avoid West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites.
Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks outside. Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours at around dusk and dawn. Use screens to keep mosquitos out of your home, and remove standing water on your property. Livestock water tanks and ornamental ponds may be treated with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), a type of bacteria that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for animals. Do not handle dead birds with your bare hands. Birds may also carry WNV, transmitting it to mosquitoes, and on to humans.
One in five people infected with WNV may develop fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and vomiting. These flu-like symptoms usually appear within three to 14 days of being infected and often end after a few days to several weeks. Many more people are infected but do not develop symptoms.
Of those who develop symptoms, a small percentage will develop more severe symptoms, including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, confusion, convulsions, vision loss, paralysis, coma, and even death. Serious illness can occur in people of any age, but the elderly and those with weakened immune function are particularly at risk. Symptoms may last from several weeks to years, and effects may be permanent. If any of these symptoms occur, medical attention should be sought immediately.
For more information about West Nile Virus prevention and control, including the latest guidelines on insect repellents, go to www.cdc.gov/westnile. Or, call your local public health agency.
Alamosa County Public Health Department: 719.589.6639
Conejos County Public Health and Nursing Service: 719.274.4307
Costilla County Public Health Agency: 719.672.3332
Mineral County Public Health: 719.658.2416
Rio Grande County Public Health Agency: 719.657.3352
Saguache County Public Health: 719.655.2727
If you are traveling out of the country and would like to get immunizations for the common diseases in other regions of the country, then you can get immunized at the Rio Grande County Public Health. Click here for more information.
Saguache County Department of Social Services is now accepting applications for the position of Child Protection Caseworker. Starting salary range $2400 to $2620 depending on experience. Bachelor’s degree in one of the behavioral sciences required. Spanish-speaking advantageous but not required. Applications and complete job descriptions are available at 605 Christy Ave., Saguache, CO 81149, by visiting the Saguache County website @SaguacheCounty.net or by calling 719-655-2537 and requesting one be mailed. This position announcement is open until filled. Saguache County is an E.O.E.
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