The Mercer County Health District has seen a recent increase in reports of respiratory illnesses. In the winter, these illnesses are often caused by influenza. During the rest of the year, they are more commonly caused by Human Parainfluenza Viruses (HPIVs). These are two of many types of viruses that cause respiratory infections. Recent reports of illness in Mercer County have included Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Croup. To learn more about these illnesses, visit the links below or read the following section on influenza.
The 2019-2020 flu season is underway, with elevated levels of flu-like illness observed in all regions of the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate at least 4.6 million illnesses, 39,000 hospitalizations and 2,100 deaths have been caused by influenza so far this season. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications. The good news is it is not too late to get vaccinated. For more information on flu vaccination, call our office at 419-586-3251 extension 1270. For more information on influenza, check out the CDC flu page. Also, Flu View is a weekly surveillance report provided by CDC.
From January 1 to April 26, 2019, 704 individual cases of measles were confirmed in 22 states. Since then, the rate of occurrence of new cases in the U.S. has decreased. International travelers should take special care to protect themselves against measles.
For more information, check out the following resources from the CDC:
Statewide Hepatitis A Outbreak
Outbreaks of hepatitis A virus infection are occurring nationwide, including Ohio. In June 2018, the Ohio Department of Health declared a Statewide Community Outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018. The Mercer County Health District is reporting five confirmed cases of hepatitis A in its jurisdiction. This number has remained unchanged for several months.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter – even in microscopic amounts- from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person, such as through sex.
Good hand-washing and vaccination are the best ways to prevent hepatitis A in at-risk individuals. Individuals who have one or more risk factors for hepatitis A, call Mercer County Health District at 419-586-3251 to see about getting vaccinated. Find out more about the hepatitis A vaccine Hep A VIS, or click the links below for more information on how to protect yourself from this disease.
Bi-Annual Public Health Update
Click to here to read our Bi-Annual Public Health Update and learn about how vaccines help keep our entire community healthy. You can also look at statistics on the incidence of various disease in the county and services provided by the health department.
Facility Inspections Available Online
View food establishment, campground and swimming pool inspection reports here.
HIV Screening Available
Do you think you may be at risk of contracting HIV due to a recent exposure? Call 419-228-4457 extension 131 to be screened over the phone. If you are considered high-risk for HIV exposure, a free test can be scheduled. Find more information here.
We offer a wide variety of childhood and adult immunizations. Important immunization information is found below.
The following websites offer nationally-recognized information on immunizations.
Pertussis, also know as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old. The best way to protect against pertussis is by getting vaccinated.
Adult head lice are roughly 2-3 millimeters long. Head lice infest the head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft. Lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice infestation is spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact.
For information on the treatment and prevention of scabies, visit Centers for Disease Control website at:
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Have you ever wondered what services are offered at Mercer County Health District?
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The Mercer County 2019 Resource Handbook is compiled through collaborative efforts and reviewed yearly by the following agencies: Celina City Schools, Cheryl Ann Programs, Mercer County Educational Service Center, Mercer County Family & Children First Council, Mercer County Head Start, Mercer County Health District, Mercer County Help Me Grow, Mercer County Job and Family Services, Mercer County WIOA, Mercer County WIC Program, Mercer Health, Mercer Health Maternal Care Center, OUR Home Family Resource Center and West Ohio Community Action Partnership.
Food Recall Updates: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/apps/odanews/ODARecalls.aspx
Mercer County Health District Organizational Mandates and Authorities: Link to the OAC (Ohio Administrative Code) http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/ & ORC (Ohio Revised Code) http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/37.