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Health officials remind Minnesotans to "swim healthy" this summer Germs on and in swimmers' bodies can make people sick; preventive measures can help people avoid illness


Thu, Jul 1st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness



Awareness of disease risks and healthy swimming practices can play an important role in stopping the spread of illnesses when you go to the pool or the beach this summer, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

"Germs on and in swimmers' bodies can end up in the water and can make other people sick," said Dr. Kirk Smith, epidemiology supervisor for MDH. "Even healthy swimmers can get sick from recreational water illnesses, but the young, elderly, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are especially at risk."

The best way to prevent recreational water illnesses is to keep germs out of the water in the first place. Follow these steps for a safe and healthy swimming experience:

Don't swim when you have diarrhea.

Don't swallow pool or lake water.

Practice good hygiene. Shower with soap before swimming.

Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers.

Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often.

Change diapers in a bathroom, not at poolside or beachside.

From 2000 to 2009, 22 disease outbreaks at swimming pools and 13 outbreaks at beaches were reported in Minnesota. These outbreaks resulted in over 900 illnesses. The most common symptom of recreational water illness is diarrhea, which is frequently severe enough to result in hospitalization. Symptoms may not begin until a week or more after swimming.

Cryptosporidium, one of the most common waterborne disease agents, is a chlorine-resistant parasite that can survive and be transmitted even in a properly maintained pool.

For more information about Healthy Swimming, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Swimming Web page athttp://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, first designated by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. Mental illness affects one in four American families and people in diverse communities are no exception.

The U.S. Surgeon G ..... 
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Two Minnesota cases of Salmonella infection linked to national recall of frozen meals

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Two recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to frozen chicken and rice meals being recalled nationally, state health and agriculture officials said today.

ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods of Iowa is recalling all Marie Callend ..... 
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Food Safety Tips for a Safe and Healthy 4th of July

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minneapolis (June 18, 2010) - Practicing proper food handling techniques will protect yourself, your family and friends from food-borne illness and food contamination. Here are some tips from the Minnesota Beef Council to keep in mind when preparing, ..... 
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Adult Tetanus Vaccinations Provided at Dairy Night on the Farm

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) has received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide adult immunizations. FCPH will be offering tetanus vaccinations for underinsured or uninsured adults at the Dairy Night on ..... 
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July 4th Whalan Fastpitch Tournament

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What comes to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Hopefully the birth of our great country, the United States of America. Do you also think fireworks? Picnics? Family gatherings? Another thing many people of our area equate with July 4th is t ..... 
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Minnesota e-Health Summit to explore how Minnesota providers can take advantage of health information technology

Wed, Jun 16th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minnesota providers can learn how to make the most of incentives for e-health at the sixth annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on Thursday, June 17. Dr. David Blumenthal, a nationally recognized expert on health information technology, will describe his ..... 
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Three more E. coli cases linked to raw milk from farm

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials have identified three additional cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness in Minnesotans linked to consumption of raw milk or other dairy products from a dairy farm in Gibbon, Minnesota.

Since May 26, including the new cases, a ..... 
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Be a lifesaver this summer by donating blood through the American Red Cross

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood donations often decline during the summer due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient needs a blood transfusion in the United States. This ..... 
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