Health briefs for April 12, 2014: Blood drives in Craig next week
Representatives from Bonfils will be in Craig April 15 for blood drives at multiple locations.
Those wishing to donate can attend from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, or from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 640 E. Victory Way.
For more information, call 970-824-7036 or 303-341-4000.
The Memorial Hospital to host health fair
The Memorial Hospital will host the second annual Community Health Fair from 7:30 a.m. to noon April 26 at its facilities at 750 Hospital Loop.
The event includes low-cost health screenings, presentations by physicians and health experts, booth activities and healthy food and snacks.
Businesses that would like to cover the cost for their employees to get the tested can work with TMH on the billing and providing registration forms.
For more information, call 970-824-9411.
9Health Fair to travel to Baggs, Wyo.
Baggs, Wyo., will host the 9Health Fair from 7 a.m. to noon April 12 at Little Snake River Valley School, 333 North St., The event will offering various health screenings and blood tests for anyone interested.
For more information, call 307-383-2008.
HPV vaccines available through Visiting Nurse Association
As part of Sexually Transmitted Infection Awareness Month, protect yourself or your children from cancers caused by HPV — human papillomavirus — for just $21.50 for un-insured and under-insured individuals at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
The HPV vaccine is for ages 11 to 26 years of age for males and females. HPV spreads through skin-to-skin contact and can cause cervical cancer strands and other cancers.
For more information, call 970-824-8233 970-879-1632.
Hantavirus, rabies can affect rural areas
With warmer weather comes a greater chance for contact with wildlife, which can also mean greater exposure to diseases animals may carry.
Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice, which are brown on top and white underneath with large ears. Be careful when doing spring cleaning and before opening up cabins, buildings, sheds and barns.
You can become infected when you inhale dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings. Air out rodent-infested buildings or areas at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Use a solution of household bleach — one cup bleach per gallon of water — to spray materials you have used for cleaning mouse droppings.
For more information visit cdc.gov/hantavirus/.
Bats, foxes, porcupines and other small rodents can have rabies, meaning you should never touch these animals. Rabies is a deadly disease transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually from bites.
Most human cases of rabies in the United States are caused by bats. Bites leave a small wound but require urgent medical attention. If bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and call your doctor.
For more information visit cdc.gov/rabies.
Health care premiums are dropping for the first time in a long time, and for the individual marketplace on the Western Slope, premiums are going down dramatically.