Lane County Public Health

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Over the coming weeks, KLCC will address a variety of topics surrounding mental health from a local perspective. This week, we look at how Lane County Public Health works to prevent and treat mental health issues in a diverse population.   

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There are now 23 confirmed cases of measles in southwest Washington-- prompting a health alert in Lane County. Investigators say most of those afflicted traveled in the Portland metro area. Now, officials warn the highly contagious disease could make its way down the I-5 Corridor.

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Over a four year timespan, Lane County saw a 250% increase in teenage use of E-cigarettes. Public Health officials say many young people and their parents are misinformed about the dangers of vaping and they want to change that.

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Oregon health officials resolve to prevent the spread of a highly contagious disease—-Hepatitis A.  County health departments are stocking up on vaccines with strategies to reach the most vulnerable populations.

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Over the last 20 years, the suicide rate has increased by over 25%. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the majority of suicide-related deaths are still among men and boys. But after a deep look, statistics show the number of women and girls dying from suicide has risen dramatically.  

In the first story from our series Suicide Loss Survivors -- KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert shares the story of a Eugene man who learned to overcome feelings of guilt and abandonment after his wife took her own life--leaving him alone to parent their two young children.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention today (Tuesday) issued a nationwide advisory warning against consumption of any type of romaine lettuce. It may be contaminated with a dangerous strain of E.coli.  Lane County health officials urge all residents to refrain from the ruffage until more is known.

Lane County Public Health has released its first-ever comprehensive suicide report and the findings raise concerns. 1,079 county residents killed themselves between 2000 and 2016.

One in four deaths by suicide was a veteran. And over 60-percent of men who died by suicide never sought mental health treatment before taking their life.

In addition to details on deaths, the report provides recommendations for life-saving. Roger Brubaker is Lane County’s Suicide Prevention Coordinator. He says reducing the stigma around suicide can start with talking about it.

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The rate of suicide in Lane County is 50 percent greater than the national average. In a new comprehensive suicide report, Lane County Public Health details circumstances of suicide deaths.

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If mosquitos love the taste of you, this summer may prove a challenge. Lane County Health officials warn a dramatic increase in the blood-sucking insects could lead to a banner year for West Nile and other viruses.

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Almost three dozen Adams Elementary School students are staying home from school due to an outbreak of whooping cough.

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As of Tuesday, May 22, 2018, there are 91 confirmed cases of whooping cough across five school districts in Lane County. In an effort to quell the outbreak, Public Health departments have ordered un-immunized and sick students to be excluded from school.

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Lane county is designated a “high burden” area for overdose, hospitalization and risky prescribing of opioids. Each quarter, there are an average of nine overdose deaths, countywide. Leading experts on opiates and opiate misuse will offer Ted Talk style presentations at the Eugene Public Library tomorrow (Thursday) night.

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Public health officials are concerned about an outbreak of pertussis, or whooping cough, at Sheldon High School in Eugene.

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Lane County’s efforts-- to improve the overall health of its residents-- are paying off.  And community organizations plan to invest more in this initiative that came out of Obamacare.

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An annual report shows Lane County has one of the higher rates of sexually-transmitted infections (STI)  in Oregon, and the nation. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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In Lane County, opioid overdose kills more people than car accidents. It’s a crisis public health officials have seen coming. Now, a countywide effort to reduce narcotic prescribing is having dramatic results—cutting opioid use by 40%. It comes down to tapering dosage and offering patients alternative treatments for chronic pain.

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Already this year, there’s been five youth suicides in Lane County. That’s prompted officials to activate what’s known as “incident command structure”. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

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Health officials know that the influenza virus spreads from Southern to Northern Hemisphere. That puts Oregon pretty late in the game and means the flu season here doesn’t end until May. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert sits down with Lane County Public Health nurse Cindy Morgan, to talk cold and flu symptoms, possible immunity and flu shot effectiveness.

Lane County Health Officials Warn Against Kratom

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The FDA and Lane County Public Health are urging people not to use Kratom, a botanical supplement sold in stop n shops and dispensaries.

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Air Date: September 18, 2017

Dr. Patrick Luedtke M.D., M.P.H., Senior Public Health Officer for the Lane County Department of Public Health discussed what antimicrobial resistance is, how it occurs, how many people are impacted by it, what public health in Lane County is doing to fight it, and what you can do to protect yourself.

On the first day of testimony, a Lane County jury heard evidence involving the death of Lauren Jones, a University of Oregon student athlete who died in 2015 during an outbreak of meningicoccal disease.

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With this week’s heat wave, health officials are warning of dangers associated with leaving a child or pet in a car.  Last year nationwide, 39 children died after being left in cars. Already this year, 29 have died.

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A cat in Springfield has tested positive for rabies. Public health officials say cats, dogs and other pets should be vaccinated against the deadly disease.

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Lane County Public Health and the County Board of Commissioners (acting as Health Board) have honored an individual and an agency for excellence in public health.

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Lane County Public Health today (Friday) confirmed 11 outbreaks of Influenza-like-illness. The department reports seven people so far have died from the flu. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, health officials are pushing the message of prevention in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

Flu symptoms can include upper repertory distress, fever, chills, body aches, diarrhea. It’s also highly contagious. The current outbreaks and resulting deaths from Influenza have health officials on high alert.

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Since 2010, the case rate of syphilis has increased in Lane County by nearly 1000%, according to health officials.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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A bird found dead in Eugene has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first case reported in Lane County in 2016.

Professor Matt Sanders is a clinical psychologist from University of Queensland in Australia. He developed the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program designed to enhance parental engagement, reduce stigma and encourage positivity.

Immunization rates are significantly up in Lane County, that's according to new data released today by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lane County Public Health is getting the word out---mental health is just as important as physical well-being. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports on a community-wide project that encourages every citizen to “mind your mind.”

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