NEW! Proper hand-washing can help fight rising spread of gastrointestinal illness
An increase in gastrointestinal illnesses has the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department encouraging parents, schools, daycare centers, food service workers and healthcare providers to take precautionary actions to prevent its spread. Shigellosis is a highly contagious form of diarrhea caused by Shigella bacteria and is spread through person-to-person contact. Symptoms last 48-72 hours and include severe diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. To prevent Shigellosis, the health department offers the following tips:
- Wash hands with soap carefully and frequently, especially after going to the bathroom, after changing diapers and before preparing food or beverages.
- Do not prepare food for others while ill with diarrhea.
- Sick children and adults should stay home until cleared by a doctor to return to school or work.
- Keep children with diarrhea out of childcare settings and common play areas.
- Supervise hand-washing of toddlers and small children after they use the toilet.
- Dispose of soiled diapers properly.
- Disinfect diaper-changing areas after using them.
- Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes or untreated pools.
NEW! Public Health Clinic now open at new location at 650 Newtown Pike
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Public Health Clinic is now located on the first floor of 650 Newtown Pike.
The clinic is not a primary medical clinic but instead provides services such as STD/HIV testing and counseling, TB skin tests, WIC services, rabies post-exposure testing, family planning and immunizations for children who qualify. Services are provided by appointments, which can be made by calling (859) 288-2483.
To read the full news release about the upcoming relocation, click here.
NEW! Kentucky Booster Seat Law went into effect June 24, 2015
The new, enhanced Kentucky Booster Seat Law went into effect June 24, 2015. It requires that children younger than 8 or under 57 inches tall be secured in a booster seat. If a child is older than 8 years old or over 57 inches tall, they are not required by law to ride in a booster seat. Best practice however would be to keep children under 57 inches riding in a booster until they meet the height requirement, regardless of age. For more information on how to protect your child, please visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website.