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Denver Public Health and Metropolitan State University of Denver Partnering on Tuberculosis Investigation
Denver Public Health recently opened an investigation into a potential tuberculosis exposure at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). We are currently working closely with MSU Denver and officials from the Health Center of Auraria to educate faculty and students about TB, and to screen anyone potentially exposed.
Stay up-to-date with the facts:
- At this time, all staff and students who are believed to have been potentially exposed have been identified and have been, or are being contacted so they can be tested.
- It is safe for students and faculty to report to campus as usual for classes and events.
- If you have not been directly contacted by Denver Public Health, you do not need to be tested as we do not believe you have been exposed.
- TB is spread through the air, and cannot be spread through casual contact like shaking someone's hand or touching surfaces.
Download our TB Fact sheet for more information, or call (303) 389-1687.
Celebrating National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week is here, giving us a chance to recognize how public health keeps Denver healthy. As Denver's local public health department, we provide a wide range of services, from clinical care to health promotion activities, to birth and death records, and important community health data. Each day this week, we'll be highlighting a different aspect of our work on Facebook and Twitter. Jump online to join our conversation.
This year, we asked Denver residents to tell us how they define public health. We made a video of their answers - check it out!
Expert Advice at an Affordable Price: Denver Public Health's Travel Clinic
Planning a vacation to an exotic location such as the desert of Africa or the jungles of South America? Ensure you have a safe, healthy vacation by visiting the Travel Clinic at Denver Public Health for a customized, in-depth travel consultation.
- Expert advice and education
- Travel prescriptions for malaria high altitude illness prevention and traveler's diarrhea
Travelers of all ages are welcome, and consultations are available for individuals, families and groups. Remember that some immunizations need to be given several weeks before travel occurs. Schedule an appointment by calling 303-602-3520.
New Data Reports 94 Percent of Denver Residents Now Have Health Care Insurance
Just one year into its five-year Community Health Improvement Plan, Be Healthy Denver reported
that 94 percent of residents in Denver now have health care insurance.
This milestone marks the achievement of one of Denver’s three access to care goals. Read the full news release or visit BeHealthyDenver.org to learn more about the Community Health Improvement Plan.
2014 Health of Denver Report Now Available
Denver Public Health and Denver Environmental Health jointly released the 2014 Health of Denver Report on Feb 23 from 3-4:40 p.m. at Mile High United Way. The report, Denver's most recent community health assessment, provides current health data, identifies areas of concern, and measures progress towards improving the health of Denver residents. Visit BeHealhtyDenver.org to read the 2014 Health of Denver Report, download data and graphics from the report, and connect with other Be Healthy Denver partners.
Measles Vaccine Information
Many states across the country, including Colorado, are reporting measles cases related to travel to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
children should get two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.
- First dose: 12-15 months of age;Second dose: 4-6 years of age
Some adults should also get the MMR vaccine, specifically those older than 18 years of age who were born after 1957.
Not sure if your vaccine coverage is up-to-date? Vaccines are available through primary care providers and our Immunization Clinic. Want more information about measles? Our measles fact sheet explains how it's spread, as well as lists common signs and symptoms of measles.
Physician Blog: Dr. Grace Marx in Sierra Leone to aid in Ebola Crisis
Grace Marx, MD, a physician at Denver Public Health is currently volunteering with the King's Sierra Leone Partnership, to aid in the Ebola crisis. She will spend six weeks working in the Ebola holding unit at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, and is keeping a blog to chronicle her time there. Read of her experiences as she works to help others in need.
Denver Public Health encourages residents and visitors to become more familiar with Ebola by
reading our Ebola fact sheet. More information about Ebola is available from the CDC.