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Sarah Rodgers Named Emerging Leader in Public Health by Colorado Public Health Association
Congratulations to Sarah Rodgers, Clinic Administrator for our Immunization and Travel Clinics, for receiving the 2014 Emerging Leader in
Public Health Award at the Colorado Public Health Association's Annual Conference. This award is given to an individual with less than
five years practice serving in a public health capacity who has demonstrated outstanding initiative on behalf of the Colorado public health community.
Information About Enterovirus-D68
An increasing number of children in the Denver area have recently come down with a severe respiratory illness called enterovirus-D68. Denver Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to determine the extent of the illness and to prevent additional children from getting sick.
Symptoms of this illness include difficulty breathing, and wheezing in some patients. A fever is sometimes also present. Some children with severe illness have been hospitalized, including some needing pediatric intensive care.
There is not a vaccine for enterovirus. To protect yourself and loved ones against respiratory illnesses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups and utensils with people who are sick.
- Frequently disinfect touched surfaces, such as desks and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Make sure your family is up-to-date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.
- For kids with asthma, remember to always have an inhaler with them.
Visit our Enterovirus webpage for more information and tips on prevention.
Free Parking Now Available at Denver Health and Denver Public Health
We are happy to announce that free parking is now available to patients and visitors in the Delaware Garage (600 Delaware Street) and the surface lots on the main campus, including the lot in front of the Public Health building!
Denver Vital Signs
The latest edition of Denver Vital Signs is now available! This edition focuses on Denver's Progress in Expanding Coverage and Improving Access to Care. Past editions of Denver Vital Signs are available on our Vital Signs webpage.
Ebola Virus Disease Facts
Ebola virus disease (Ebola), first discovered in 1976, is a severe infectious disease that causes organ failure and death in humans. Outbreaks have occurred in parts of Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
The World Health Organization recently declared the current Ebola outbreak an international public Health emergency. This means that stopping the outbreak, and limiting the spread, will require cooperation and coordination from countries around the world, not just those affected or nearby. The declaration is not meant to suggest that other countries will see Ebola cases.
To date, almost all cases of Ebola have been isolated to three nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health remain confident there remains very little risk to the U.S. population.
We encourage the public to become more familiar with Ebola facts by reading our online resources.
WATCH: Denver Public Health Director, Bill Burman spoke with CBS4 Denver about the health effects and concerns with Ebola.
Download our Ebola Fact Sheet.
Council District Level Health Reports
Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health released reports on the health of Denver’s residents within each City Council district. These reports document substantial disparities in a variety of health outcomes, such as premature death, teen birth, availability of health insurance, and use of tobacco. We hope these district-level reports help policy-makers and citizens work toward eliminating health disparities within Denver.