- SummitStone Health Partners Walk-in Crisis Services (Aug. 2015)
SummitStone Health Partners has expanded their 24-hour mental health and addiction crisis services. 24/7/365 walk-in and mobile crisis response are available at 1217 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins. In fall 2015, a short-term residential unit will be available as well. For more information about these services, go to the SummitStone Health Partners website.
If you or anybody you know feels they are in mental health crisis, please do not hesitate to contact us. Walk-in and mobile services are free of charge. To access mental health crisis support services, call 970-494-4200 (SummitStone Health Partners) or Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners at 1-844-493-TALK (8255). However, in a life-threatening emergency that requires medical care, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
- Human West Nile Virus Infections Confirmed in Larimer County (Aug. 1, 2015)
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment warns residents that West Nile disease has been confirmed in three people in the county so far.
A Loveland resident was hospitalized with meningitis, a neuroinvasive form of the disease. Neuroinvasive forms include meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis.
In addition to the Loveland resident, two Fort Collins residents who donated blood in July were discovered to have infections through testing the blood. Both donors remain asymptomatic and the donated blood was discarded. Positive tests in blood donors are reliable indicators of recent WNV infection in people.
"These infections in Larimer County residents show that the risk of West Nile disease is increasing, and everyone along the county's Front Range should be taking personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites," said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, Health Department Director.
Larimer County residents can check online (www.larimer.org/westnile) to see weekly maps showing the number of Culex mosquitoes that were trapped in and around urban areas of the county. If the trapped mosquitoes were tested for West Nile infection, those results can be found on a second map. Due to cost, not all communities test trapped mosquitoes for WNV.
West Nile disease is a viral infection that is spread to people by bites from infected mosquitoes. Symptoms can range from none to severe illness. About 75 percent of people who are infected do not show symptoms; about 25 percent will develop West Nile fever. Fewer than 1 percent develop the more severe neuroinvasive form, which can lead to hospitalization, critical illness, chronic disability or even death.
This summer has seen higher than average Culex mosquito numbers across the county. The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment continues to work with the cities, Colorado Mosquito Control and Colorado State University to monitor and assess the risk to Larimer County residents.
West Nile virus can be prevented. In addition to community efforts, such as larviciding, reducing water where mosquitoes can breed, and spraying for adult mosquitoes, individuals can use the 4 Ds to help prevent West Nile virus infection:
- DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. Remember to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
- DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities during these times and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
- Use DEET or another effective mosquito repellent. Use a repellent that is effective against West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes. DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (also called p-menthane-3,8-diol or PMD) and IR3535 are good choices. Always follow label instructions.
- DRESS in long sleeves and pants in areas where mosquitoes are active.
For more information about West Nile virus, visit www.FighttheBiteColorado.com. The Colorado State University Extension office also has a comprehensive FAQ page about West Nile virus. For tips on what you can do to prevent the disease, visit www.larimer.org/westnile.
- Rabies Confirmed in Larimer County (April 2015)
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed the first positive rabies case in Larimer County this year, a rabid bat.
Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County, it is most commonly found in bats and skunks. If you see a skunk or bat that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7.
The Department of Health and Environment reminds pet owners to keep their animals up to date on rabies vaccinations. Unvaccinated pets that come into contact with a rabid animal will either need to be euthanized or vaccinated and quarantined at a veterinary facility for 90 days, followed by another 90 days of strict home quarantine, which can be very expensive. Pets that are behind in their vaccinations must be vaccinated and quarantined at home for 90 days. Fully vaccinated pets need a booster and 45 days of observation at home. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock. There is no cure for rabies.
Ways to protect you and your family:
- Do not feed or touch wildlife.
- Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
- Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors especially at night, and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
- Ensure that your pets, horses and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit http://www.larimer.org/health/ehs/rabies.htm.
- Mental Health Issues Impacting Law Enforcement - Mental Health Forum on March 10 (2015)
The City of Fort Collins Human Relations Commission, in partnership with the Poudre River Library District, is hosting a series of mental health forums in 2015. Each session is open to the public and will have an expert panel to discuss a variety of topics related to mental health. The goal is to de-stigmatize mental health problems and to provide information to lay members of the public who do not have a background in mental health issues but who may be impacted through friends, family members, or personal issues.
The topic for the March 10 session is Mental Health Issues Impacting Law Enforcement and the Penal System. Please join us 7:00-9:00pm at the Harmony Library Community Room, 4616 S. Shields St., Fort Collins. If you have questions about the forums, please contact Christy Doyon, MSW at 970-663-5450.
- Give Kids a Smile Day on Feb. 6 (2015)
Give Kids a Smile Day is a day of free education and dental treatment for kids that's organized by the Colorado Dental Association every February.
To qualify for an appointment, your child/family must meet ALL 5 of the following criteria.
1. The child needing an appointment must be 17 years old or younger.
2. Your family must be low income and unable to afford dental care.
3. Your child must have no dental insurance or CHP+ coverage.
4. You must have transportation to get to the appointment.
5. You must be able to be at your appointment on time.
If you meet the 5 requirements, we welcome you to participate in Give Kids a Smile Day. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. No walk-ins. When you call to make an appointment, please say that you are "calling to make an appointment for Give Kids a Smile Day."
In Loveland, appointments are available at:
Ross Family Dentistry
1907 Boise Ave., Suite 5
For other Give Kids a Smile locations in Colorado, go to the Colorado Dental Association website.
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