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SDHD's mission statement: "leading a collaborative effort to build a healthier community through improved access to health services, education and disease prevention."
Vision statement: “A healthy community for all”.
Local Child Care Centers Make Improvements to Improve Health of Children
Several local child care programs have taken the necessary steps to improve their nutrition and physical activity environment, policies, and practices. Siouxland District Health Department provided technical assistance to Apple Tree Preschool and Learning Center in Morningside, Mary Elizabeth Child Care Center, Crittenton Center Child Development Program, and Angel House. All centers completed a self-assessment process, developed action plans, provided workshops on physical activity, childhood obesity, and nutrition to staff, and completed a reassessment. All centers have made great strides to improve their environment for the betterment of the children they serve. Please click on the names of the centers to see a summary of their specific improvements.
Please note: Angel House success summary will be posted as soon as the document is completed.
ZIKA VIRUS and Sexual Transmission
The CDC recently released new guidance regarding sexual transmission of Zika virus to protect the babies of women who may be pregnant.
Zika virus can be spread through sex by a man infected by Zika to sex partners. In the known cases of sexual transmission, the men were symptomatic. So it is apparent that Zika can be spread before symptoms show up, during symptoms, and after symptoms go away.
The Zika virus usually only lasts in blood for a few days to a week. But it seems as though it can last longer in semen.
The following are some new guidelines for people to consider:
- Couples who include a man who has been diagnosed with Zika or had symptoms of Zika should consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 6 months after symptoms begin. This includes men who live in and men who traveled to areas with Zika.
- Couples who include a man who traveled to an area with Zika but did not develop symptoms of Zika should consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 8 weeks after their return.
- Couples who include a man who lives in an area with Zika but has not developed symptoms of Zika should consider using condoms or not having sexwhile there is Zika in the area.
- Men who have traveled or lived in Zika-effected countries and have a pregnant partner should abstain from sex or use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.
While we've had a few Iowans test positive for Zika, the spread of Zika virus in Iowa is unlikely due to the fact that the types of mosquitoes that carry Zika are not established here.
Zika virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Common symptoms include fever, rash, pink eye, and joint pain. However, the illness tends to be mild and severe illness is very rare.
The primary concern for Zika infection is for pregnant women who become infected and effects of the infection on the baby. There has been a correlation between babies born with microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes when the mother is infected with Zika during pregnancy. It’s very important to avoid becoming infected with Zika while pregnant.
The CDC has issued special travel recommendations for women who are pregnant and women trying to become pregnant. These recommendations include:
- Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to the areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
- Women trying to become pregnant or may be pregnant should ensure that that they are not pregnant before traveling to these countries.
- If you’re pregnant and you must travel, strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites. This involves using insect repellant, sleeves, and long pants.
ZIKA VIRUS TESTING: At this time, testing is limited to the CDC and only a few state and local laboratories. Testing is also limited to symptomatic people who have traveled to effected countries and pregnant women who may be infected. Testing is not available to answer family planning purposes.
If you think you may be infected, call your doctor. Your doctor should contact Iowa Department of Public Health at 1-800-362-2736 for a consultation and to arrange for testing.
To find out which countries are included in this advisory, click below. The effected countries are changing regularly, so check back regularly. http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html
Find a lot more info about Zika virus at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html.
SDHD Publishes Quarterly Newsletter
SDHD publishes a quarterly newsletter to share with community partners and Woodbury County residents. The intent is to share information and resources that is of interest to Siouxland residents. If you are looking for more information on any stories, please don't hesitate to contact Siouxland District Health Department at 712-279-6119.
You won't want to miss the December 2015 or the September 2015 newsletters. You can even view past issues.
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