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Published on September 10th, 2014 by Sandy Ellington @ 2:31 pm

The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services is alerting residents that a fox found South Danby Castle Road in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus on September 10, 2014.  This is the eighth confirmed case of animal rabies in 2014. The fox exposed one human.
North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated.  Even animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack your pets.
Rabies continues to circulate within our wildlife population. The best way to protect your family and your pet’s safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies.  Guilford County Animal Control is offering low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at the following locations and times:
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920 Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main Street, Jamestown, NC  27282
The rabies vaccination will be five dollars ($5.00) per shot.  Cash and personal checks will be accepted.
For your pet’s safety and the safety of others at these clinics, dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers.
For more information or to schedule an educational program, please contact the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services at (336)641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org

 

Published on September 10th, 2014 by Sandy Ellington @ 8:20 am

WHAT:   Grand Opening of the Mobile Oasis Farmers Market

WHEN:   Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WHERE: Department of Social Services at 1203 Maple Street from 10:00 a.m. until
        12:00 p.m. & Warnersville Recreation Center at 601 Doak Street from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

WHY: Guilford County has had many residents who live in USDA designated food deserts where fresh local produce is not easily accessible and/or affordable.  The Mobile Oasis Farmers Market is a collaborative opportunity to offer healthy, affordable foods to those who have SNAP/EBT benefits, as well as all others who wish to participate.

WHO: This project is a collaboration of the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, the City of Greensboro Parks & Recreation, the United Way/Bryan Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market and local farmers.
BACKGROUND
On January 1, 2014, the Reach for Health Unit of the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services received a grant for $15,000 from the local United Way/Bryan Foundation. The grant is being used to promote healthy eating in food desert areas of Greensboro that often suffer due to a lack of access to healthy and affordable foods such as local produce. This is being accomplished through the purchase and outfitting of a Mobile Oasis Farmers Market. 

The Mobile Oasis Farmers Market will begin operation on Tuesday, October 1st and have two stops. The first will be in the front parking lot of the Department of Social Services - 1203 Maple Street from 10:00 am until noon. The second stop will be at the Warnersville Recreation Center - 601 Doak Street from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm. There will be at least four different types of local produce offered and the first 25 customers at each location will be given a promotional item such as a reusable shopping bag.

The Mobile Oasis Farmers Market will operate on nine consecutive Wednesdays this fall – from October 1st through November 26th.  Every week will feature a different theme, a cooking demonstration featuring local produce, a healthy new recipe and different give-a-ways on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Produce will be sold while supplies last!

For more information please contact Janet R. Mayer, MS, RD, LDN at (336) 641-3361

 

Published on September 8th, 2014 by Sandy Ellington @ 8:34 am

Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services would like to remind parents of sixth grade children that there is another opportunity to get their child’s Tdap vaccination.  Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.  According to North Carolina law, children who are entering the sixth grade in public school on or after August 1, 2008 or who are 12 years of age on or after August 1, 2008, and entering non-public school, must have a Tdap booster shot if five or more years have passed since their last dose of this vaccine.  
 

Special Tdap only clinics are scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at both Greensboro (1100 E. Wendover Avenue) and High Point (501 E. Green Drive) locations.  Evening clinic hours are also available at both locations.  For an appointment at either location, call 641-3245. Ask about cost when you call.  Fees may apply, so bring your child’s insurance card (including Medicaid) and your child’s shot record.  The Tdap vaccination is also available at other times during the regular business day and at your child’s health care provider’s office.
          
Tdap vaccine can protect adolescents and adults against three serious diseases.  Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria.  Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds. Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to two cases out of ten. Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death.  Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, causes severe coughing spells, vomiting and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing, pneumonia and hospitalization due to complications.
 

For more information about Tdap or any other childhood immunization, contact Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services at (336) 641-7777.
 

 

Published on September 4th, 2014 by Sandy Ellington @ 2:42 pm

 The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services is alerting residents that a skunk found Leona Drive in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus on September 4, 2014.  This is the seventh confirmed case of animal rabies in 2014. The skunk exposed one dog and possibly one human.
North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated.  Even animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack your pets.
Rabies continues to circulate within our wildlife population. The best way to protect your family and your pet’s safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies.  Guilford County Animal Control is offering low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at the following locations and times:
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920     Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main     Street, Jamestown, NC  27282
The rabies vaccination will be five dollars ($5.00) per shot.  Cash and personal checks will be accepted.
For your pet’s safety and the safety of others at these clinics, dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers.
For more information or to schedule an educational program, please contact the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services at (336)641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org

 
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