It seems there is something new on the news every day regarding Ebola. To date, the outbreak in West Africa has killed over 4500 people, making it the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The health infrastructure and social challenges in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made it very difficult to contain the epidemic, and models have projected over 1 million people could become infected if effective measures are not put into place to control the spread of the disease. Furthermore, we are all aware of the case of a traveler who became symptomatic after his arrival in Dallas and the subsequent challenges maintaining control of the situation.
The Chatham County Public Health Department is working with local, state, and national partners to prepare for the possibility of a patient with Ebola in this area. We have also created a webpage with an overview of Ebola and links to resources. An important role of public health staff in controlling the spread of a communicable disease is contact tracing, or monitoring those who have come into contact with an infectious person. Certainly Ebola would bring about unprecedented challenges. However, public health practitioners have extensive experience with contact tracing and would work diligently to protect residents should such a situation become reality.
This month, organizations and individuals across the country are joining forces to raise aware around the issue of domestic violence. While domestic violence has been in the news a lot recently, it is important to look beyond the headlines and work together to put an end to it. So, what can you do this month to raise awareness? Here are a few ideas:
- Wear purple - Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Wear purple this month to raise awareness.
- Talk to others about domestic violence- Awareness begins with a conversation. Reach out to others about why ending domestic
CCPHD’s Anna Stormzand and Zach Deaton join FVRC for a rally to end domestic violence
violence is important.
- Learn about available resources right here in Chatham County- Family Violence and Rape Crisis (FVRC) is an invaluable asset to the county. Learn about their work and participate in their Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, like the Domestic Violence Vigil on October 30th.
- Stand up to domestic violence! No one is alone in this fight.
Did you participate in Eat a Rainbow Week last week? Whether you saw us at a farmers’ market, ate at a participating restaurant, or turned in your passport, we want to know what you thought. Please share your feedback here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EAR2014_Participant
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, October is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, celebrating the lives of the many women who survived, and remembering those lost.
Approximately 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women of all races. The good news is that early detection and treatment increase chances for survival. Read about the services we offer.
Today is the second day of Eat a Rainbow Week 2014. Today, try to enjoy as many red fruits and vegetables as you can! And be sure to pick up a passport. With just three stamps on your passport, which you can get by visiting the many participating locations across the county, you will qualify to win great prizes, like one of three Magic Bullet Blenders. It’s fun, easy, and a great chance to explore the great places in Chatham, like farmers’ markets, restaurants, farms, and more.
You have the rest of the week to participate, so get your passport today!