Have You Heard? Facts From The Field is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.
June 19, 2014
- You can help prevent tick-transmitted diseases and “fight the bite” by sharing the Minnesota Department of Health’s PSAs about the importance of using tick repellent.
- From May to October, Virginia’s Fairfax County sets about 4,000 mosquito traps with its Disease Carrying Insects Program and then tests the traps for West Nile virus.
- The Massachusetts Department of Health is teaching its residents how to protect themselves from mosquito and tick bites with its Mosquitoes and Ticks: They’re Out in Mass! campaign.
June 13, 2014
- Vermont’s interactive lake conditions map lets you see where harmful algal blooms are before getting in or on the water and includes info on how to recognize these blooms.
- Every week North Carolina publishes heat-related data and safety recommendations, which has helped the state develop its first statewide heat response plan.
- During the summer months, New Yorkers are especially vulnerable to heat-related hazards.
- As the climate changes, we are exposed to new health risks. Oregon’s Public Health Division is working to better understand how we can prepare for these risks and protect our communities.
May 21, 2014
- New York State has regulations to help protect swimmers and aquatics staff from injuries associated with pool chemicals, and educational materials [PDF 116KB] to help pool owners store and handle pool chemicals safely.
- New York also runs a unique surveillance program to track illnesses and injuries from pool chemicals. Factors contributing to illness and injuries include inadequate product labeling, improper mixing or storage, and inadequate pool operator training or anti-siphon safeguards.
- California has information and resources to prevent drowning, which is a significant cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five.