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The Zika Virus, be aware but not afraid


The virus is spread through mosquito bites, and while it has minor symptoms, only 1 in 5 people affected with the virus feel the effects once infected. The virus also causes serious birth defects if you get infected while pregnant. 

Join us for a FREE presentation on the effects and dangers of the Zika virus in the Freeholder Meeting room on the second floor of 401 Grand St. in Paterson. There will be two presentations, one from 12-1 and another from 1-2. Click here to see the CDC website to learn more about the virus.
 
Safe Drinking Water

Passaic Valley Water Commission offers lead sample testing free of charge to all of our customers.  To have your water tested, pick up a water sample bottle and instructions at 1525 Main Avenue, Clifton during normal business hours. 

For more information about lead visit
http://www.pvwc.com/water-quality/lead-information
http://www.epa.gov/your-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water 
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm

CDC New Research: Sodium Intake


Nearly all Americans – regardless of age, race, gender or whether they have high blood pressure (hypertension) – consume more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet. That is the conclusion of a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

According to the latest findings, more than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults aged 19 and older eat too much sodium, that is, more than the recommended limits in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, not including salt added at the table. The newly released guidelines – which are developed around current scientific evidence and released every five years – recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day for people over the age of 14 and less for those younger. Evidence links excess sodium intake to high blood pressure and other health problems.

“The finding that nine of ten adults and children still consume too much salt is alarming,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH. “The evidence is clear: too much sodium in our foods leads to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Reducing sodium in manufactured and restaurant foods will give consumers more choice and save lives.”

CDC researchers analyzed dietary data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) to calculate how much sodium Americans are eating. Nearly 15,000 people were included in this study.

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CDC West Nile Virus Home

Symptoms 
No symptoms in most people. Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.

Febrile illness in some people. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Severe symptoms in a few people. Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis. 

Serious illness can occur in people of any age. However, people over 60 years of age are at the greatest risk for severe disease. People with certain
  medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk for serious illness. 

Recovery from severe disease may take several weeks or months. Some of the neurologic effects may be permanent. About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.

Treatment 

No vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infection are available.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve some symptoms
In severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.

West Nile Virus Resources:
http://nj.gov/health/cd/westnile/brochure.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions On West Nile Virus:
http://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/wnv_faq.pdf

Mosquito Checklist:
http://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/mosquito_checklist.pdf



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Passaic County Health Department
18 Clark Street
Paterson, NJ 07505

Charlene W. Gungil
Health Officer & Director
Phone: 973-881-4396
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