The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed the first human case of tularemia in a county resident in 2018. This patient developed swollen lymph nodes, and may have been exposed while gardening at home. Soil can be contaminated by tularemia-causing bacteria from the droppings or urine of sick animals, most often rabbits. 

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Wed, 07/11/2018 - 9:06am
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As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, outdoor activities become a focus in Larimer County. It’s the time of year where skunks, raccoons and other wildlife are giving birth and many cute baby animals can be found in our county. While it’s tempting to touch or “help” these animals, please remember these animals can carry diseases, including rabies. They are wild animals and need to be left alone and not handled.

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Mon, 06/25/2018 - 4:42pm
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Wildfires are at the forefront of Air Quality news in Colorado (as they should be), but don't forget about ozone! Keep up with Ozone Action Day Alerts for the Front Range here. Be aware, be safe, be healthy!

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Wed, 06/13/2018 - 9:16am
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Each year, the Larimer County Department of Health & Environment recognizes World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24. Clinicians, health care agencies, and community organizations have a critical role in TB elimination. World TB Day is a time to recognize achievements in TB prevention and control and renew our commitment to ending a dangerous disease in Larimer County and throughout the world. This year, the county’s TB Program recognizes the healthcare providers and staff of Family Medicine Center (FMC) and Poudre Valley Prenatal (PVP) as “Leaders for a TB-Free United States” for their dedication in the ongoing effort to end TB.

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Thu, 03/22/2018 - 2:20pm
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Health

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed the first positive rabid animal in Larimer County of 2018, a skunk. This skunk was found in a neighborhood on the southeast side of Fort Collins near Portner Reservoir, and is the first rabid skunk identified in Fort Collins in the past five years. 

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Wed, 02/07/2018 - 4:02pm
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Health

Flu activity is high among Larimer County residents, with 147 hospitalized flu cases so far this year; of those cases, about two-thirds were age 65 or older. Eighteen long-term care facilities have also reported outbreaks in Larimer County. So far this season the predominant type of influenza is A(H3N2), which is likely to be more severe in adults 65 and older. Other people at risk for complications include pregnant women (and up to 2 weeks after giving birth), children under age 5 (especially under age 2), and those with chronic medical conditions.

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Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:40pm
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Health

More than 45 years after tobacco ads stopped appearing on American television, the biggest U.S. tobacco companies are returning to the airwaves with a message they never wanted to share.

The major U.S. tobacco companies are being required to run ads in newspapers and on national TV telling the American people the truth about the devastating health consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke.

Posted: 
Fri, 01/05/2018 - 9:21am
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Health

Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is hosting the Healthy Larimer Summit 2018: A Collaborative Effort Prioritizing and Planning for a Healthy Community on Wednesday January 24th at The Ranch Events Complex.  The Summit will bring together leaders across various sectors of the community to network, explore community health data, learn about ongoing efforts in the community, and work together to prioritize the strategic directions of the Larimer County Community Health Improvement Plan.  

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Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:44pm
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Health

Last week a sick dog from outside Larimer County was euthanized at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (CSU VTH) after being hospitalized for four days. This dog tested positive for Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that cause plague. The type of plague this dog had was pneumonic plague, which is a lung infection.  The dog may have become infected by sniffing a dead prairie dog a day or two before becoming ill.

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Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:10pm
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Health

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment reports that a Fort Collins resident has died after contracting a neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus this year. This is the first fatal West Nile virus case in Colorado in 2017. Two of the four reported West Nile virus cases in Larimer County this year have been neuroinvasive cases.

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Wed, 09/06/2017 - 12:26pm
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Health
The Larimer County Board of Health will present the 2017 Public Health Hero Award to Beverly Thurber, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Council (ECCLC) of Larimer County.  A reception will be held in her honor on Thursday, September ....
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Thu, 08/17/2017 - 6:00pm
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Health
This week the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment received a report of Larimer County’s first positive human test for West Nile virus in a blood donor from southeast Fort Collins.  So far, the donor is asymptomatic. &nb....
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Mon, 07/31/2017 - 6:00pm
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Health
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment reports that mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were trapped in Berthoud last week, making this the first positive sample reported in Larimer County and Colorado in 2017.  The pre....
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Wed, 06/28/2017 - 6:00pm
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Health

June 1 marked the beginning the summer ozone season along Colorado’s Front Range.  Ozone Action Alerts are issued on days when meteorologists from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) expect weather conditio....

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Thu, 06/08/2017 - 6:00pm
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Health

Do you know someone who lives or works in Larimer County who has contributed in an extraordinary way to public health? The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is accepting nominations for the eleventh Joseph Jabaily Public Health ....

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Thu, 05/25/2017 - 6:00pm
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Health
Do you know someone who lives or works in Larimer County who has contributed in an extraordinary way to public health? The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment is now accepting nominations for the eleventh Joseph Jabaily Public Hea....
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Thu, 04/20/2017 - 6:00pm
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Health
2017’s flu season is taking off in Larimer County and across Colorado. Twenty-six county residents have been hospitalized with influenza so far this season, 21 of them in the past 10 days.  Visits to physician offices for respiratory s....
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Thu, 01/05/2017 - 5:00pm
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Health
Community organizations, students, reporters, and interested county residents will find a useful source of health data from the newly-launched Larimer Health Tracker.  This website can be valuable to those who previously relied on the Health....
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Thu, 09/15/2016 - 6:00pm
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Health
Based on high levels of infected Culex mosquitoes trapped last week, the City of Fort Collins and the Larimer County Health Department hope to decrease the risk of human West Nile virus (WNV) infection by spraying for mosquitoes on the northeast ....
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Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:00pm
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Health
Based on high levels of infected Culex mosquitoes trapped last week, the City of Fort Collins and the Larimer County Health Department hope to decrease the risk of human West Nile virus (WNV) infection by spraying for mosquitoes on the north east....
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Sun, 08/21/2016 - 6:00pm
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Health