"Kids WellnesscastTM" Delta County - September 2012


The Ascel Bio Kids Wellcast™ provides information for parents and caregivers that can help protect children from illness. The Kids Wellcast™ is used as a tool to prevent exposure to harmful infectious agents that may keep children out of school and daycare and cause parents to take time off from work. For more information on the infection risks presented below and ways to protect your visit the medical professionals serving your community at the Department of Pediatrics and Delta County Memorial Hospital.

• Overall, the activity level for all pediatric infectious diseases expected to be MODERATE for September through October.

• Reactive Airway/asthma exacerbations are expected to increase sharply in September and we have already seen cases in the pediatrics clinic. Close follow up with your physician is recommended to ensure proper use of preventive medications.

• Acute upper respiratory tract infections, including croup, is expected to peak in September due to rhinovirus and parainfluenza.

• Enterovirus infection is expected to continue at peak levels this month. Enterovirus causes diarrheal disease.

• Laboratory confirmed pertussis (whooping cough) continues to be reported on the Front Range, as previously forecasted by the Black Canyon Forecast Station. Vaccination of children per CDC guidelines is strongly recommended.

• Risk of West Nile virus infection is expected to peak in September and dramatically decrease in October. CDC recommends the use of DEET mosquito repellent if traveling in an area with mosquitoes. Several cases of meningitis and encephalitis have been reported in Delta County over the last week.

• Rabies activity in animals is expected to peak in September.

• Food-borne illness activity due to Campylobacter, E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria is expected to peak through September. Community vigilance is recommended when preparing and consuming food to reduce risk of exposure to food-borne pathogens with the potential to cause serious illness.


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ABOUT DELTA COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Delta County Memorial Hospital is a 49 bed acute care hospital founded in Delta, Colorado in 1920. Over the past 90 years it has evolved from a 6 bed hospital to the current 49 bed facility, built in 2004. The hospital is JCAHCO acredited and employs over 500 staff and has 60 active and consulting physicians.

Contact: Kathy Sramek
Education/Marketing Director
Delta County Memorial Hospital
ksramek@deltahospital.org
970-874-2291


ABOUT ASCEL BIO

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