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Tick and Mosquito-borne Disease
Awareness Month

April 2014


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 7, 2014

Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
919-855-4840


Raleigh, N.C. - With summer fast approaching and people spending more time outdoors, it is important for everyone to take precautions against tick and mosquito bites. Tick and mosquito borne infections cause illnesses and deaths in North Carolina each year, with more than 800 cases reported in 2013. 

To encourage awareness of this issue, Governor McCrory recently proclaimed April 2014 as "Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month" in North Carolina. (http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/proclamation/20140401/tick-and-mosquito-awareness-month.)

"Ticks and mosquitoes are very common in our state, and they can carry germs that cause serious infections," said Carl Williams, DHHS' State Public Health Veterinarian. "The good news is that many of these infections can be prevented by following some basic control measures."

Tick borne diseases in North Carolina include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and ehrlichiosis. These diseases are diagnosed from all regions of the state and can be acquired at any time of year. However, the vast majority of infections occur in the months of June through September.

Mosquito borne diseases are less common than tick borne illness, but severe infections due to LaCrosse virus and West Nile virus are reported every year, including cases of encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.
 
The North Carolina Division of Public Health encourages the following activities to help protect against illness caused by ticks and mosquitoes:

  • Avoid tick habitat, which includes wooded, grassy or brushy areas and wear repellents
  • If you find a tick attached to your body, carefully remove it by grasping the tick with fine tipped tweezers as close as possible to your skin and apply a steady gentle pressure until it releases.
  • Use a mosquito repellent when you are outside and exposed to mosquitoes.
  • Mosquito proof your home by installing or repairing screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside and use air conditioning if you have it.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

While it is not possible to prevent all cases of tick and mosquito borne illness, you can greatly reduce your risk by following these basic control measures.

"It is a great time to enjoy North Carolina outdoors," said Williams. "Just be mindful to take the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your family."

For more information about tick and mosquito borne infections, visit http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/diseases/vector.html.

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2013 State of the County Health Report

Greene County Health Department is pleased to share the 2013 State of the County Health (SOTCH) Report. This report provides an annual review of the health of our community, tracks progress regarding health priorties and concerns, and identifies new initiatives and emerging issues that affect the health status of Greene County residents.  The information is designed to educate and update community members, community leaders, elected officials and local agencies.  Click here to view the 2013 SOTCH Report.

For more information about how public health is working for you, feel free to contact Joy S. Brock by phone (252) 747-8183 or email jspence@co.greene.nc.us

County residents are also encouraged to attend regular meetings of the Greene County Board of Health to learn more about public health in the county.  The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Health is Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Health Department.


 

 

2012 Community Health Assessment 

Community Health Assessment (CHA) is an effort to involve residents and health service providers in reviewing health statistics along with community concerns to prioritize health needs for our county and to create a plan to address these priorities over the next four years. 

For this Community Health Assessment process, Greene County had the unique opportunity to utilize a model called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), a community-based framework for improving public health based in part on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative. MAPP helps communities, like ours, review health status indicators, prioritize public health issues, identify resources and develop strategies for addressing priority issues. The MAPP process results in the development of a community-wide action plan for public health improvement. This program is designed to implement policy, systems and environmental changes aimed at improving community health and removing disparities in our community. 

MAPP was originally developed by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We worked closely with the North Carolina Division of Public Health – Chronic Disease and Injury Section and the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University to implement MAPP in Greene County. Hertford and Nash counties also participated in the MAPP process in 2011 – 2012.

  To view the 2012 Community Health Assessment for Greene County, please click here. 

 


 

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For more information regarding public health issues or health department services, contact Joy S. Brock at (252) 747-8183 or jspence@co.greene.nc.us.

 

 
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Mission

The mission of the Greene County Health Department is to protect, preserve and enhance the public health of Greene County through a commitment to the principles of public health practice in our community.


 

 

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Health Statistics

The following information is provided to assist individuals and organizations with locating statistical information on the health of people in Greene County. Included are also links to related information such as population, employment, and education within Greene County.

Community Health Assessment 2006

State of the County Health Report 2010 & 2011

State of the County Health Report 2009

State of the County Health Report 2008

State of the County Health Report 2007

Additional Data Sources

NC State Center for Health Statistics - Excellent resource for obtaining county specific health data

US Census Bureau - State and County Quick Facts

Eat Smart, Move Move NC - Data on physical activity and nutrition

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Online Source for Credible Health Information