POTENTIAL HEALTH CONCERNS WITH FLOOD WATERS

Blackberry Falls in Ellijay via 11Alive NewsPublic health officials are cautioning against swimming and other recreational water activities in Gilmer County’s Coosawattee, Ellijay and Cartecay Rivers and their tributaries.  Flooding washed large amounts of manure, sewage and thousands of dead chickens into these waters.  Fast flood waters will wash these contaminants downstream very quickly, but for now avoid activities that would put you into direct contact with these waters.  Fishing and non-contact activities are not affected by this advisory. 

Wells and springs that were covered by flood waters, even temporarily, should be considered contaminated and not used for drinking.  Contact the Gilmer County Environmental Health Office for directions in disinfecting and testing your well water.

Mold will grow in almost any home materials that were flooded.  Remove all wet materials such as sheetrock and allow wood studs to dry completely before replacing. 

Throw out any foods that were touched by flood waters.  It is not worth the risk.

Treat temporary pools left by flood waters for mosquito larvae using Mosquito Dunks available at any home supply or hardware store.

Click here for more details on our website on how to Prevent Potential Health Problems from Recent Flooding or go to Emergency Preparedness and Response information for Flood Water After A Disaster or Emergency from the CDC. 

WHITFIELD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SCHEDULED TO CLOSE EARLY WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

THE WHITFIELD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT 800 PROFESSIONAL BOULEVARD IN DALTON WILL CLOSE EARLY FOR MAJOR AIR CONDITIONER REPAIR ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 THROUGH FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE WHITFIELD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 7:30 A.M. UNTIL NOON. NORMAL OPERATING HOURS AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ARE EXPECTED TO RESUME ON MONDAY, AUGUST 5.

Cherokee BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC, July 30!

Click poster to enlargePrepare your child for the upcoming school year! The Cherokee County Health Department will conduct a Back To School Health Clinic from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 at both public health centers in Canton and Woodstock. Hearing, Dental and Vision Screenings will be offered for $30.00, and Immunizations will be provided for School-age Children (there is a charge for vaccines). Medicaid is accepted. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services will have a Fire Engine and Booster Seat Distribution Booth at both locations! The Canton public health center is located at 1219 Univeter Road, and the Woodstock public health center is at 7545 N.   Main Street. For more information, please call (770) 345-7371 in Canton, or call (770) 928-0133 in Woodstock.

FREE CHILD CAR SEAT CHECKS IN CHATSWORTH, JULY 23

  click poster to enlarge/DownloadGet your child’s car seat checked for FREE at the Murray County Health Department ON TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013 FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM. THE MURRAY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT is located at 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road in Chatsworth.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to check child car seats and child restraint installations to make sure they are properly installed.

Buckling up your child the right   way for every ride is the most important thing you can do to keep your child safe in the car, so join us for this free child car seat check event!

Call for more information at (706) 695-4585 or log onto www.safekidsgeorgia.org.

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