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Department of Health Newsroom 1999

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June 30, 1999: Rabid Raccoon in St. Louis County
June 25, 1999: Safe Summer Food Tips
June 9, 1999: Rabid bat found in Webster Groves
June 4, 1999: Are we ready for the heat?
May 17, 1999: Press Conference: Wednesday May 19, 1:00 PM
May 3, 1999: Residents Recycle Leftover Fuels and Paints at Collection Event
May 3, 1999: National Dog Bite Prevention Week May 16 - 22
April 9, 1999: County Health Department provides daily pollen counts
April 2, 1999: New restaurant inspection form stresses food borne illness threats
March 24, 1999: National Public Health Week, April 5 - April 11 Public health shapes our world
March 17, 1999: UPDATE: Missing greyhound dog is found
March 16, 1999: Greyhound that bit child must be found for observation
March 10, 1999: March is National Nutrition Month
January 27, 1999: Holiday recyclable event is all wrapped up
January 13, 1999: January 27 is School Nurses Day
Dec. 20, 1999: New instrument collects aeroallergens at County Health Department.
Dec. 20, 1999: Update on hepatitis A at the Range Steak House.
Dec. 17, 1999: Saint Louis County Department of Health reports case of hepatitis A in foodhandler.
Dec. 7, 1999: December 26 Kicks Off Annual Holiday Recycling Collection Event.
Oct. 20, 1999: Yard Waste is Exchanged for Compost/Mulch at Local Event.
Oct. 15, 1999: Department of Health Participates in National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 24-30.
Oct. 8, 1999: Department of Health Participates in National Radon Action Week October 17-23.
Oct. 6, 1999: October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month.
Sep. 24, 1999: Breast Cancer Screening essential for early detection.
Sep.. 17, 1999: Gateway Green Vendor Expo offers the public a view of "green" products.
Sep. 3, 1999: Gateway Green Vendor Expo offers opportunity to showcase their "Green" products.
Aug. 2, 1999: Safety Town at County Health Center.
Jul. 27, 1999: Saint Louis County animal control fees increase.
Jul. 21, 1999: New immunization requirements for children entering school this fall.
Jul. 20,1999: Hot weather HEALTH WARNING.
Jul. 19, 1999: Hot weather health advisory.
Jul. 14, 1999: Mr. Recycled Paint - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...Naturally!"
Jun. 30, 1999: Rabid raccoon in Saint Louis County.
Jun. 25, 1999: Safe summer food tips.
Jun. 9, 1999: Rabid bat found in Webster Groves.
Jun. 4, 1999: Joint News Release - Are we ready for the heat?
May 17, 1999: Press Conference - DOH hosts debut of "Destination Vaccination."
May 3, 1999: Residents recycle leftover fuels and paints at collection event.
May 3, 1999: National Dog Bite Prevention Week May 16 - 22.
Apr. 9, 1999: County Health Department provides daily pollen counts.
Apr. 2,1999: New restaurant inspection form stresses food borne illness threats.
Mar. 24, 1999: National Public Health Week, April 5 - April 11.
Mar. 17, 1999: UPDATE: Missing greyhound dog is found.
Mar. 16, 1999: Greyhound that bit child must be found for observation.
Mar. 10, 1999: March is National Nutrition Month.
Mar. 5, 1999: Recycling grantees announced.
Jan. 27, 1999: Holiday recyclable event is all wrapped up.
Jan. 13, 1999: January 27 is School Nurses Day.


New instrument collects aeroallergens at County Health Department

December 20, 1999. A more efficient collection device will monitor the various airborne pollens and mold for the Saint Louis metropolitan area, starting next month. In January 2000, Saint Louis County Department of Health will replace the rotorod sampler that has been in use since 1985 with a slit-type-volumetric spore trap.


"Residents of the metropolitan area are being alerted to this change in sampling procedure because the daily allergy counts for mold spores as reported by the news media will be much higher," said Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director. Although counts for pollen grains will be comparable, counts for mold spores will typically reflect three to ten times the number of those reported in the past, which were based on the rotorod sampler, she noted.


"People who want to reduce their exposure to aero-allergens may find it useful to monitor the pollen and mold levels," said Dr. Livingston. "They can do this by calling our Pollen Information Line at 615-6825 for a recorded announcement. We update the daily pollen and mold counts at 11:00 each weekday morning."


The Saint Louis County Department of Health Environmental Health Laboratories staff measure and record airborne pollen and mold levels all through the year. They collect aeroallergens, identify and count them under microscopic magnification and report the data to local news and weather casters, as well as other health organizations such as the American Lung Association. The daily pollen and mold counts reflect the seasonal variation throughout the entire St. Louis metropolitan area.


CONTACT: Robert Nicolotti, Ph.D., Laboratory Director, 615-6830 Wayne Wilhelm, Laboratory Supervisor, 615-6833


Update on hepatitis A at the Range Steak House

December 20, 1999. Saint Louis County Department of Health is still seeking individuals who ate at the Range Steak House (located in Harrah's Casino in Maryland Heights) on Sunday December 12. An employee there was infected with hepatitis A, and may have spread the disease to patrons.


People who ate at the restaurant from 5:00 p.m. to midnight on Sunday December 12 should call the Saint Louis County Department of Health at (314) 615-1630 to determine if they need an immune globulin (IG) shot, and to be directed to a health center. Because of the Christmas holiday, they should plan to get the shot, which provides some protection against the disease if received within 14 days of exposure, by noon Thursday.


Approximately 106 of the 220 who ate on December 12 are already scheduled to receive IG. Of the 375 people who ate at the Range Steak House on Friday December 3, 164 received IG at the Saint Louis County Department of Health Friday evening, the last day the shots were effective for that group.


Those who ate at the Range Steak House on Friday November 26, Saturday November 27, Monday November 29, and Thursday December 2 may also have been exposed, however the IG would not be effective for those persons. Those individuals should contact their health care provider for testing if they experience symptoms of hepatitis A, which may include fatigue, fever, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, abdominal discomfort and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or whites of the eyes). No cases of hepatitis A have been identified among patrons of the Range Steak House. The average incubation for hepatitis A is approximately one month. The disease is usually mild, but in rare cases may cause death


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CONTACT:
Mike Williams, Program Manager
Communicable Disease Control
615-1637 / Pager 430-5885

Steve Fine, Director
Division of Public Health & Ancillary Services
615-6445 / Pager, 430-2671

Read a hepatitis A Fact Sheet.
Read hepatitis A Vaccination Requirements.
View a copy of the Hepatitis A Ordinance.


Saint Louis County Department of Health reports case of hepatitis A in foodhandler

December 17, 1999. Saint Louis County Department of Health confirms that an employee who worked at the Range Steak House (located in Harrah's Casino in Maryland Heights) was infected with hepatitis A, and may have spread the disease to patrons.


There are only 595 persons to whom this alert applies. People who ate at the Range Steak House on Friday December 3 from 5:00 p.m. to midnight and Sunday December 12 from 5:00 p.m. to midnight may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus. Those individuals should consider receiving an immune globulin (IG) shot, which provides some protection against the disease if received within 14 days of exposure.


  • The Saint Louis County Department of Health main office at 111 South Meramec in Clayton is extending hours until 9:30 tonight so that the 375 people who ate on December 3 may receive IG, as today is the last day it would be effective for December 3rd exposures.

  • The 220 people who ate at the restaurant on Sunday December 12 should call the Saint Louis County Department of Health (615-1630) on Monday December 20 to determine if they need the IG and to be directed to a health center.

  • Health officials stress that patrons of any other areas in the casino are NOT AT RISK.

Due to limited supply, IG shots will be reserved only for those individuals who can actually benefit from them. Those who ate at the Range Steak House on Friday November 26, Saturday November 27, Monday November 29, and Thursday December 2 may also have been exposed, however the IG would no longer be effective for those persons. Those individuals should contact their health care provider for testing if they experience symptoms of hepatitis A, which may include fatigue, fever, diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, abdominal discomfort and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or whites of the eyes). The disease is usually mild, but in rare cases may cause death. The incubation period for hepatitis A is 15 to 50 days.


Harrah's staff is working closely with health officials. There is no evidence that the virus was contracted at Harrah's.


Careful handwashing is very important in controlling the spread of hepatitis A. Everyone is reminded to THOROUGHLY wash their hands with soap and water after using the toilet, after changing diapers and before preparing food.


Health Department telephone numbers are as follows:


  • Saint Louis County Department of Health (314) 615-1630
  • St. Louis City Health Department (314) 658-1041
  • St. Charles County Health Department (636) 949-7400
  • Jefferson County Health Department (636) 942-3101
  • Franklin County Health Department (636) 583-7300
  • Madison County Health Department (618) 692-8954
  • Missouri Department of Health (573) 751-6113
  • Illinois Department of Health (217) 782-2016
CONTACT:
Mike Williams, Program Manager
Communicable Disease Control
615-1637 / Pager 430-5885

Steve Fine, Director
Division of Public Health & Ancillary Services
615-6445 / Pager, 430-2671
Saint Louis County Department of Health

Read a hepatitis A Fact Sheet.
Read hepatitis A Vaccination Requirements.


December 26 Kicks Off Annual Holiday Recycling Collection Event

December 7, 1999. Get ready to clean up your holiday clutter and save landfill space at the same time! The Saint Louis County Department of Health is sponsoring its second holiday recycling event Sunday, December 26, through Wednesday, January 5.


Residents of Saint Louis County are invited to bring their holiday recyclables to the following locations: North County Complex (Veterans Memorial, 2577 Redman), Queeny Park (550 Weidman), Kennedy Complex (6050 Wells), and Lemay Park (Military at Lemay Ferry). Each location is open from 9 am - 4 pm daily, with the exceptions of December 31 (9 am to noon) and January 1 (closed).


"With approximately 2,000 people participating in last year's smaller pilot collection event, we were able to divert more than 170 cubic yards of wrapping paper from landfills," said Dr. Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director of the Saint Louis County Department of Health. "We're hoping greater participation this year will redirect even more waste from landfills."


Residents can bring items such as wrapping paper (no foils), gift bags (no foils), gift boxes, cardboard boxes, greeting cards, ribbons, bows, ornaments (no glass), craft materials, raffi, garland, catalogues, magazines, junk mail, home office paper, phone books and newspapers.


The list of items not to bring includes plastics, such as toys or trays; electronic items, such as radios, TVs, computers and microwaves; metal items, such as bicycles, pots and pans; clothing; household trash; glass; plastic; metal containers; fire extinguishers; smoke detectors; household chemicals; plastic "peanuts" or styrofoam; loose tinsel; and tires.


The event is free of charge and is paid for by Saint Louis County landfill surcharge funds.


Anyone with questions can contact the Saint Louis County Department of Health at 615-8958.


Contact: Lora Mather, 615-6878
or Laura Yates, 615-8959
Saint Louis County Department of Health


Yard Waste is Exchanged for Compost/Mulch at Local Event

October 20, 1999. From November 6 to 20, County residents from unincorporated areas of Saint Louis County can drop off their brush at two Saint Louis County locations - Fort Bellefontaine ORMI Compost Center in North County and St. Louis Composting for South and West County residents. A special Compost Awareness Education Day will be held on the final day of the brush drop off event, Saturday, November 20, to educate residents on ways to save time and money in managing their yard waste.


"As the seasons change, we wanted to give residents an opportunity to discard their brush waste," said Dr. Paula Livingston, Director of the Saint Louis County Department of Health. The event is sponsored by the Saint Louis County Department of Health and is paid for by Saint Louis County landfill surcharge funds.


Fort Bellefontaine ORMI Compost Center, located at Highway 367 (Lewis and Clark Road) and Lindbergh, is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The facility is closed on Sunday.


St. Louis Composting is located at Highway 141 and I-44 and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The facility is closed on Sunday.


At each of these sites, residents of unincorporated Saint Louis County can drop off up to one cubic yard of brush per household, pick up free compost or mulch and a backyard compost bin -- all at no charge. Residents may bring loose brush or limbs up to 6 inches in diameter. Other yard waste, such as leaves, grass clippings, root balls, or household trash will not be accepted. There will be an additional charge (approximately $16-20 each) for all subsequent loads of brush.


The two-week event concludes with a special Compost Awareness Day, which will give residents an opportunity to learn yard waste reduction techniques. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, November 20, at Fort Bellefontaine ORMI Compost Center, St. Louis Composting, and Jefferson Barracks Historic County Park (located at Grant Road and Gregg Road in South County). At all locations, residents can drop off brush, pick up mulch or compost and get a compost bin at no charge.


"Compost Awareness Day is specifically designed to show unincorporated residents how to cut down on their yard waste at home," said Laura Yates, Program Coordinator. "We will show residents how easy and useful it is to compost at home."


Admission postcards will be mailed to eligible households for the special brush drop-off event. Participants must have the admission postcard to drop off brush. Proof of residency (such as driver's license) may also be required. Individuals living in unincorporated Saint Louis County who did not receive a postcard or have questions about the event may call the Saint Louis County Recycling Hotline at 286-9200.


Contact: Jill Ratermann, 991-4641,
The Vandiver Group;
Laura Yates, 615-8959,
Saint Louis County Department of Health


Department of Health Participates in National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 24-30, 1999

October 15, 1999. Despite efforts at education and prevention, children in the Saint Louis County area continue to be poisoned by lead from peeling lead-based paint, lead-contaminated dust and other sources in their homes. To draw attention to the problem, Saint Louis County Department of Health is participating in National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 24-30.


Nationally, almost one million preschool age children have enough lead in their blood to harm them, according to Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director. This includes approximately 962 children in Saint Louis County. The Department of Health encourages all physicians to screen children who are less than six years old for lead poisoning. Children could be at risk if they reside in older homes built prior to 1978.


"Saint Louis County Department of Health has been working in lead poisoning prevention for more than 20 years," said Dr. Livingston. For more information on lead poison prevention, please call 615 LEAD (5323) or visit our web site at www.stlouisco.com/doh/


Contact: Brenda Quarles, Program Manager
Lead Poison Prevention
(314) 615-5323


Department of Health Participates in National Radon Action Week, October 17-23, 1999

October 8, 1999. - Saint Louis County Department of Health (DOH) issues a reminder that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. According to Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director, "a simple test can help determine if radon levels are a concern in your home."


Saint Louis County residents may contact the DOH Environmental Health Laboratories at 615-8324 to obtain a home radon test kit, Dr. Livingston said. For a fee of $10 plus postage, a test kit will be provided, which the homeowner will place in a designated location in the dwelling for a period of 5 to 7 full days. DOH Environmental Health Laboratories will evaluate the test results and the homeowner will receive a written report, with recommendations for correction of the problem if radon levels are at or above the EPA recommended action level.


Radon exists naturally in the earth. Unventilated areas such as basements that have cracks in the foundation walls or floors are usually more prone to unhealthy levels of the gas. Correction can be implemented through sealing cracks, ventilation and utilizing other radon risk reduction methods. For more information about radon, please call Saint Louis County Department of Health or visit our web site at www.stlouisco.com/doh/


Contact: Brenda Quarles, Program Manager
Industrial Hygiene
(314) 615-5323


October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

October 6, 1999. October is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and Saint Louis County Department of Health is using the opportunity to showcase the wonderful companion animals currently available for adoption at the county's two animal shelters: Central Shelter, 77 Hunter Road, 726-6655; and North Shelter, 4100 Seven Hills Drive, 831-6500.


According to Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director, "One of our shelter dogs has gone on to enjoy life as a pampered celebrity. 'Hunter,' a spayed female shepherd mix, was adopted from our shelter seven years ago. Today she has been chosen to be featured in a national dog food advertising campaign!" (Hunter's owner reports that Hunter also survived a fire several years ago in a popular kennel.)


Pets can enrich our lives with many benefits, Dr. Livingston said, including companionship and unconditional love. However, being a responsible pet owner means more than just providing adequate food, water and shelter. "Potential pet owners need to understand that adopting a pet is a serious responsibility that should last for the life of the animal," she said. Spaying and neutering, providing proper identification and veterinary care are essential.


For more information about pets available for adoption from a number of local community organizations, including the Saint Louis County Department of Health, please visit www.stlouispets.com/


Adopt A Shelter Dog Month is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) with the goal of educating Americans about the positive benefits of adopting a pet from the more than 6,000 independent shelters across the country.


Photo Opportunities:


  • Adoptable dogs and cats are quartered at both Central and North Shelters
  • "Hunter" the shelter survivor living a "celebrity" life

Contact: Mrs. Lanese: Home # 725-6796 / Work # 432-4330 /Cell # 541-3514


Contact: Dan Knox, D.V.M.
Manager, Animal Control
(314) 726-6655




Breast cancer screening essential for early detection

September 24, 1999. Breast cancer is the second major cause of death among women and the most common cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. All women are at risk for developing breast cancer and the risk increases with age. Because the best defense is early detection and treatment, cancer screening is essential for everyone. When found in its early stages, breast cancer is easier to treat and involves less suffering.


Saint Louis County residents who do not have their own physician or primary health care provider may call the Saint Louis County Department of Health (DOH) for information about screening services available at DOH health centers. Locations and phone numbers are:


John C. Murphy Health Center
6065 Natural Bridge Road
389-4700

South County Health Center
4580 South Lindbergh Boulevard
842-1300

DOH mammography services are provided through the Missouri Baptist Mobile Unit.


"Our emphasis is to provide services for women who are underinsured or uninsured," said Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director. According to Dr. Livingston, if every woman over 50 followed the guidelines for routine screening and mammography, the mortality rate from breast cancer would decrease by an estimated thirty percent.


An estimated 2.6 million American women are now living with breast cancer. Over 70% of breast cancer occurs in women with no known risk factor. Although it's considered a woman's disease, men can also develop breast cancer. Breast cancer costs exceed $6 billion annually in medical expenses and lost productivity.


Information source: American cancer Institute


Contact: Joan Bialczak, Director
Division of Health Services
(314) 615-6415




Gateway Green Vendor Expo offers the public a view of "green" products

September 17, 1999. "A sweater made from plastic?" Actually it is made from tiny strands of recycled plastic and will be one of the many items on display at the Gateway Green Vendor Expo. The event, Wednesday, October 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be in the Exploradome at the St. Louis Science Center.


The Saint Louis County Department of Health is taking the lead in sponsoring the event. "The purpose of the Expo is to show the public, and especially those making purchases for large organizations, that a wide range of environmentally friendly products exist," said Dr. Paula Livingston, Director, Saint Louis County Department of Health. "Visitors to the Expo will see and hear about a variety of cost-effective products that assist in reducing waste, conserving natural resources and preventing pollution."


The Expo will feature a fashion show, starting at 10:15 a.m., displaying clothes made from recycled plastic containers, such as sportswear, uniforms, fall and winter items as well as accessories. Products displayed by vendors will include office supplies, recreational equipment and maintenance supplies. Drawings for green products will be held throughout the day.


Visitors can attend free workshops throughout the day to learn more about opportunities to "buy green". The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present "The Energy Star Program", created to help consumers identify energy efficient products that save money and protect the environment.


For more information, contact the Saint Louis County Department of Health at (314) 615-8958.


Contact: Jill Ratermann
The Vandiver Group
(314) 991-4641




Gateway Green Vendor Expo offers opportunity to showcase their "Green" products

September 3, 1999. Do you have an innovative product which is made of recycled content or is energy efficient? The first-ever Gateway Green Vendor Expo is an opportunity to showcase those products to institutional and government buyers and the general public. The Expo will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. Louis Science Center.


For more information or to reserve a booth, businesses should contact Deb Chollet, MidAmerica Energy Resource Partners at (314) 645-7752. The cost to exhibit is $150 for each 10 ft. by 10 ft. space.


The Saint Louis County Department of Health is taking the lead in sponsoring the event. "The purpose of the Expo is to connect buyers and sellers of products which benefit our environment," said Dr. Paula Livingston, Director, Saint Louis County Department of Health. "We encourage businesses to see this as an opportunity to educate buyers about how their products can be both cost effective and environmentally beneficial."


A wide range of potential buyers will be invited, including purchasing agents, facility managers, as well as buyers for federal, state and local agencies, higher education institutions, non-profit agencies, housing authorities and the health care industry. An estimated 200 potential buyers are expected to attend.


In addition to the Saint Louis County Department of Health, other sponsors include the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority, University of Missouri Outreach and Extension Service and Missouri Office of Administration.


Contact: Jill Ratermann
The Vandiver Group
(314) 991-4641




Safety Town at County Health Center

August 2, 1999. St. Louis County Department of Health and St. Louis County Police Department are sponsoring a "SAFETY TOWN" on Tuesday, August 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John C. Murphy Health Center located at 6065 Helen Avenue in Berkeley.


The event is free to North County residents. Bicycle helmets for kids of all ages will be available for $5.00. Health department staff, along with officers from the St. Louis County and the Berkeley Police Departments, will properly fit the helmets for the child's safety. Children who already own helmets may bring them to be checked for appropriate fit.


According to Dr. Paula S. Livingston, Director, "In keeping with our mission of prevention, a mock city will be set up to teach children (pre-school through kindergarten age) the do's and don'ts of safety. Our staff will be assisted by police officers from the County and from Berkeley who will teach children the rules of safety for bicycling, rollerblading and skateboarding." There will also be demonstrations throughout the day on the installation and placement of car seats.


Contact: Officer Chuck Zammit or Officer G. Templeton
522-6410, ext. 6222




St. Louis County animal control fees increase

July 27, 1999. Certain fees related to animal control in St. Louis County will be increasing August 4. The amended fees will allow the St. Louis County Department of Health to recoup the actual cost of service and for additional time involved in responding to more complicated calls.


Most people will not be affected by the change. Repeat offenders are the main ones affected, because it costs more to resolve those problems. Fines for un-neutered pets that get out repeatedly will increase from $15 to $100. Kennel fees will increase from $4 to $6.60 per day.


"This is the first increase since the ordinance was amended in 1985," said Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director, St. Louis County Department of Health. The differential impoundment feature, which provides for increased fines for un-neutered animals which are not controlled, is distinctive and has gained national attention as a model for other animal control facilities, according to Dr. Livingston.


To report animal bites, to look for lost pets, or to schedule tours or presentations, please call the shelter nearest you: Central Shelter, 77 Hunter Road, 726-6655; and North Shelter, 4100 Seven Hills Drive, 831-6500.


Attachment: Fines and Fees Schedule


Contact: Dan Knox, DVM, Manager
St. Louis County Animal Control
727-7017 (Pager: 430-6208)


New immunization requirements for children entering school this fall

July 21, 1999. St. Louis County Department of Health reminds parents that immunization requirements for children entering school have changed. Before entering seventh grade students will be required to have started the three dose series of hepatitis B vaccine. Before entering kindergarten children must have four doses (up from the previous requirement of three doses) of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine (DTaP or DTP).


Children entering kindergarten have been required to have the hepatitis B vaccination since 1996. The new regulation will ensure that students beginning secondary school will also be protected.


Dr. Paula S. Livingston, Director, notes that public health is committed to prevention. "Every year, approximately five thousand people die from chronic liver disease or liver cancer. Hepatitis B vaccinations have been credited with decreasing the incidence of infection, especially in children and adolescents, in whom vaccine coverage is highest," said Dr. Livingston.


St. Louis County DOH offers childhood vaccinations at its three public health centers:


  • John C. Murphy Health Center 6065 Helen Avenue, Berkeley
    Phone 522-6410
  • Pine Lawn Health Center, 6150 Natural Bridge Rd.,
    Phone 389-4700
  • South County Health Center, 4580 So. Lindbergh,
    Phone 842-1300

Residents of St. Louis County may call the location nearest their home for information on hours. School vaccinations are provided free of charge through age eighteen.


Vaccinations are also available at St. Louis County WIC (Women, Infants & Children) sites, and through the University City, Ritenour and Normandy School Districts. Call 854-6630 for information on those locations and times.


Contact: Steve Fine, Director
Division of Public Health and Ancillary Services
854-6445


Hot Weather HEALTH WARNING

July 20, 1999. Health officials in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County are issuing a Hot Weather Health Warning today, an upgrade from the Hot Weather Health Advisory issued earlier this week. This Warning means that heat indices today and for the next several days are predicted to exceed 105° in the City of St. Louis and will be extremely dangerous to health, especially for high risk individuals.


A Hot Weather Health Warning is issued when the City heat index has been 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for two consecutive days and the National Weather Service predictions are for heat indexes to ramain at or above 105 degrees Fahrenheit for at least an additional 48 hours.


This Hot Weather Health Warning will remain in effect until temperatures moderate.


Everyone in the Metropolitan St. Louis area, especially the elderly and others at high risk for heat illness, should take precautions to protect their health.


Check at least daily on elderly neighbors and relatives. High risk individuals should spend at least the hottest part of the day in air conditioned quarters.


Pets are also affected by extreme heat. Please make sure that outdoor pets have access to shade and fresh water at all times, and do not leave pets in closed vehicles.


For help with a serious heat illness, call 911. For other information about dealing with the heat, call the Operation Weather Survival Hotline at the Human Development Corporation at 535-7607.


Check our online hot weather tips.
Contacts:
Ellen Waters, St. Louis County Department of Health, (314) 854-6747
Ellen Ellick, St. Louis City Department of Health, (314) 658-1140, pager 902-2916


Hot Weather Health Advisory

July 19, 1999. Health officials in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County are issuing a Hot Weather Health Advisory today to remind the community that hot weather is a danger to health.


A Hot Weather Health Advisory is issued when the National Weather Service reports that a City heat index of 105 degrees Fahrenheit is predicted or reached.


This Hot Weather Health Advisory will remain in effect until temperatures moderate.


Everyone in the Metropolitan St. Louis area, especially the elderly and others at high risk for heat illness, should take precautions to protect their health.


Check at least daily on elderly neighbors and relatives. High risk individuals should spend at least the hottest part of the day in air conditioned quarters.


Pets are also affected by extreme heat. Please make sure that outdoor pets have access to shade and fresh water at all times, and do not leave pets in closed vehicles.


For help with a serious heat illness, call 911. For other information about dealing with the heat, call the Operation Weather Survival Hotline at the Human Development Corporation at 535-7607.


Check our online hot weather tips.
Contacts:
Ellen Waters, St. Louis County Department of Health, (314) 854-6747
Ellen Ellick, St. Louis City Department of Health, (314) 658-1140, pager 902-2916


Mr. Recycled Paint Appears All Over Town
Reminding us to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...Naturally!"

July 14, 1999. "Hey Mom, was that a paint can that just walked by?" As a matter of fact, it was. Mr. Recycled Paint, a life-size, walking, talking paint can, greeted passersby at the Overland Lions' Fair July 10. As a part of the St. Louis County Department of Health's recycling public education campaign, he reminds children and adults to "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...Naturally!"


"Mr. Recycled Paint serves a dual function," said Dr. Paula Livingston, Director of the St. Louis County Department of Health. "Kids see him and realize that recycling can be fun. At the same time, adults are reminded that they can recycle more than bottles, cans and newspapers." For example, leftover latex paint can be recycled into new paint.


In addition to the Overland Lions' Fair, Mr. Recycled Paint has been sighted at local environment-related events, including the St. Louis Earth Day Community Festival, the grand opening of this summer's traveling EarthQuest exhibit at St. Louis Science Center and Earth Day festivities held at Memorial Park in the City of Brentwood.


"Mr. Recycled Paint is also ideal for environment-related functions at schools and other local organizations," said Laura Yates, Program Coordinator of the Waste Management Branch of the Department of Health. "The costumed character is one of many recycling education resources available for loan from the Department of Health."


Groups interested in using Mr. Recyled Paint at events focusing on recycling may reserve the costume free of charge by contacting the St. Louis County Department of Health at (314) 854-6958. Reservations should be made a minimum of one week in advance and the requesting organization needs to recruit a volunteer to wear the costume. The costume was donated by the St. Louis Paint and Coatings Association.


Other recycling-related resources available from the Department of Health include an 8 ft. by 9 ft. photo display, an interactive game, and brochures. Funding for these resources was provided by St. Louis County landfill surcharge funds. For more recycling information from the Department of Helath, plese call the Recycling Hotline at (314) 286-9200.


Costumed character and other fun educational resources available for free to promote recycling.

 


Contact: Laura Yates, Department of Health, (314) 854-6958
Tracy Haynes, The Vandiver Group, (314) 991-4641



Rabid Raccoon in St. Louis County


(June 30, 1999) – St. Louis County Department of Health (DOH) reports that a raccoon at the Wildlife Rescue Center, located in West County, has tested positive for rabies. A volunteer who handled the animal at the center is undergoing rabies prophylaxis (shots to prevent the disease). Other staff members and volunteers are being evaluated as to the degree of contact they may have had with the animal.


This is the first rabid raccoon confirmed in the St. Louis County area in twenty years.


The raccoon is thought to be from north county. Sixteen other raccoons including litter mates of the rabid animal have been sent for rabies testing. Those results should be available tomorrow.


"Dr. Dan Knox and Dr. Michael Williams are working closely with staff at the Wildlife Rescue Center," said Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, DOH Director, "to assure that every necessary precaution is taken." Dr. Knox is the veterinarian in charge of Animal Control and Dr. Williams is manager of Communicable Disease Control at St. Louis County Department of Health.


Dr. Livingston stresses that "people should check with their veterinarians on the immunization status of their pets. It is very important to caution children not to touch any wild or unknown animal, especially if it’s acting in an unusual manner." Attempts to help sick or injured animals, though well intentioned, could put people at risk and should be avoided.


This is a reminder of the importance of vaccinating cats and dogs for their own protection and because pets serve as a barrier between wildlife rabies and the human population. If someone is bitten or scratched by an animal, they should wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention. Bites should be reported to Animal Control.


For more information, contact:

Dan Knox, D.V.M., Manager, Animal Control

727-7017 (Pager: 430-6208)


Michael Williams, Ph.D., Manager, Communicable Disease Control

854-6637 (Pager: 430-5885)



Safe Summer Food Tips


(June 25, 1999) – For many of us, Independence Day means barbecues, picnics and eating outdoors. Don't let foodborne illness spoil your picnic! Keep your summer foods safe and healthy by following a few common sense precautions from St. Louis County Department of Health.


Experts have found that most cases of food poisoning are the result of food being kept at the wrong temperature over an extended time. The key to food protection is simple: keep hot foods hot and keep cold foods cold! This limits the growth of dangerous bacteria.


In addition to time and temperature control, frequent hand washing is highly recommended. (If soap and water aren't readily available, consider using prepackaged towelettes or gels.)


According to Paula Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director, "Hand washing and temperature control are two of the most important factors in preventing the spread of disease by food. Fortunately, these practices are things we can easily control."


Some foods travel better than others. Pre-packaged snacks, fresh or dried fruit, peanut butter and jelly are some possible choices. For picnics or camping trips, pack non-perishable foods. If you will be grilling meat, be sure to keep it cold in a cooler with ice until time to cook, or start with frozen meat that will have time to thaw before cooking.


Other tips: Be careful not to cross contaminate any food or surface with raw meat. Use condiments like mustard and pickles. Beware of deviled eggs and potato salad which can easily spoil if not refrigerated. When in doubt, throw it out! When it comes to food protection, better safe than sorry.


For more information, contact:

Barry Drucker, Program Manager

Public Health Sanitation, 854-6925



Rabid bat found in Webster Groves


(June 9, 1999) – St. Louis County Department of Health (DOH) reports that a bat which was found in the 700 block of Tuxedo in Webster Groves has tested positive for rabies. A two year old girl who was thought to be playing with the bat will undergo rabies prophylaxis as a precautionary measure. St. Louis County Animal Control officers picked up the bat on June 6, sent it for laboratory testing on June 7, and received positive results on June 8.


DOH Director Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, announced, "This is the first rabid bat of the season in St. Louis County. We're taking this opportunity to remind people to have their pets vaccinated, and we urge parents to teach their children not to play with strange or wild animals." Dr. Livingston added that County health officials "normally expect to see two or three rabid bats each season."


Dan Knox, D.V.M., Manager of Animal Control, stresses that people should check with their veterinarians on the immunization status of their pets. Dr. Knox said, "It's important to caution children not to touch any bat, especially one that's on the ground or unable to fly, because the disease of rabies can interfere with a bat's sonar, causing it to crash into things and fall to the ground."


Dr. Knox points out that most bats don't carry rabies, and in fact they perform a beneficial service by eating large quantities of insects. "But if one bat in a colony contracts rabies," Dr. Knox said, "chances are it will spread to other members of the colony. Our best defense is to have pets vaccinated, and warn kids not to touch any wild animals."


All pet dogs and cats in St. Louis County are required to have rabies vaccinations/registration, both to protect the pets, and to serve as a barrier against rabies transmission between wild animal and human populations. For questions or to report animal bites, please call St. Louis County Animal Control at 726-6655 (south and west county) or 831-6500 (north county).


Photo/interview opportunities:


Family is willing to talk to media.

Closeup video of the same type of bat is available through Dr. Knox.


For more information, contact:

Dan Knox, DVM, Manager, Animal Control

727-7017 (Pager: 430-6208)



Are we ready for the heat?
Joint News Release by:
St. Louis County Department of Health,
St. Louis City Department of Health and Hospitals, and
Operation Weather Survival


(June 4, 1999) – Health officials in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County are reminding the community to be cautious during what may be a hot weekend. Even though we haven't had any dangerously hot weather so far this year, we can expect temperatures to be above normal for at least the next few days. Forecasts are for temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s.


"Everyone, especially the elderly and others at high risk for heat illness, should take things very eaey the first few hot days," advises Dr. Larry E. Fields, MD, MPH, Director and Health Commissioner for the City of St. Louis Health Department. "It is important for everyone to take extra care the first time it gets hot because our bodies are not yet acclimated to the heat. It takes several days of hot weather for a body to adjust to the change in temperature."


Paula Livingston, DDS, MPH, DIrector ot the St. Louis County Department of Health, points out that this is also a good time to check air conditioners and set up a plan to check on elderly relatives and neighbors during extremely hot weather.


"The possibility of heat-related health problems increases as the temperatures rise, so we are taking this opportunity to remind people that they should take it easy in the heat and follow common sense rules for dealing with hot weather," Dr. Livingston notes.


Contacts:

Ellen Ellick

City of St. Louis

314) 658-1140

Page at 902-2916


Ellen Waters

St. Louis County

(314) 854-6747



Press Conference: Wednesday May 19, 1:00 PM
St. Louis County Department of Health
111 South Meramec, 3rd Floor
Clayton, MO 63105
St. Louis County DOH hosts debut of "Destination Vaccination"


(May 17, 1999) – Dr. Paula S. Livingston, Director of St. Louis County Department of Health, will host a press conference on Wednesday May 19 at 1:00 PM to recognize the “Destination Vaccination” project in the St. Louis Area.


"Destination Vaccination" is a grassroots partnership with physicians, care providers, parents, expectant parents and community-based organizations to improve infant immunization rates.


"In public health we are committed to prevention," said Dr. Livingston, "and I'm pleased to congratulate the Community Health in Partnership Services (CHIPS) for receiving this grant from Pasteur Merieux Connaught pharmaceutical company." The grant will help communities raise awareness of the need for childhood immunizations and increase the rate for infant immunizations.


A total of $75,000 was awarded to three recipients: an urban area, Newark, New Jersey; a suburban area, St. Louis County; and a rural area, Fresno, California. In St. Louis County, the Auxiliary to the Mound City Medical Forum is project sponsor and Mrs. Sandra Murdock and Mrs. Bert Davis are the coordinators. The Auxiliary to the National Medical Association (NMA) was formed in 1936 and consists of professional spouses, male and female, of the NMA, which represents the more than 22,000 African American physicians and physicians of African descent.


Contact: Steve Fine, Director of Public Health and Ancillary Services, 854-6445



Residents Recycle Leftover Fuels and Paints at Collection Event
220 households brought more than 13,750 pounds of leftover household chemicals on April 17


(May 3, 1999) – Spring cleaning was made easier for northeast St. Louis County residents this year with a chemical drop-off event sponsored by the St. Louis County Department of Health. On Saturday, April 17, approximately 220 households took advantage of the opportunity to recycle household items that are often difficult to dispose of properly. Residents dropped off more than 13,750 pounds of material at this one-day event held at Halls Ferry South Neighborhood Police Station.


"Improper disposal of leftover household chemicals can be especially harmful to the environment and public health," said Dr. Paula Livingston, Director of the St. Louis County Department of Health. "This event gave residents the opportunity to recycle these materials at no expense to them." Costs for the event were covered by St. Louis County landfill surcharge.


A wide variety of products were collected for recycling or energy recovery. For example, collected latex paint will be blended into new recycled paint for distribution. The goal in recovering these household chemicals is to keep them from becoming part of the waste stream and posing a potential threat to public health or the environment.


"Every day is Earth Day and the Department of Health's Waste Management Branch wanted to sponsor an event to remind residents to recycle locally," said Laura Yates, Program Coordinator. "But the best and easiest way to reduce leftovers is to avoid having excess materials in the first place. We encourage residents to buy only what you need and use products up entirely."


For more information on this event or other activities hosted by the St. Louis County Department of Health, please call the Recycling Hotline at 286-9200.


Contact: Laura Yates, 854-6959, St. Louis County Department of Health

Traci Haynes, 991-4641, The Vandiver Group



National Dog Bite Prevention Week May 16 - 22


(May 3, 1999) – National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 16 - 22) is sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, the Insurance Industry and the Humane Society of the United States.


St. Louis County Department of Health investigates more than 2,000 animal bites to humans each year. Nationally, more than one million animal bites are reported each year, at a cost of over $250 million in losses, according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. More than 50 percent of those bites are to children under the age of 10. On average, there are 12 animal-related fatalities reported annually.


During the month of May, St. Louis County Animal Control is distributing a Dog Bite Prevention Activity Book to almost 30,000 first, second and third graders in County schools. The book, Fido, Friend or Foe?, was designed by Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and underwritten by State Farm Insurance.


"By distributing these books and being available for presentations, our Animal Control staff is taking a proactive approach in reducing the number of animal bites to humans," said Paula Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director, St. Louis County Department of Health.


To report animal bites, or to schedule tours or presentations, please call the shelter nearest you: South Shelter, 77 Hunter Road, 726-6655; and North Shelter, 4100 Seven Hills Drive, 831-6500.


Photo opportunities:

Book distribution at County schools

Bite dogs confined at shelter

School presentations


For more information, contact:

Dan Knox, DVM, Manager, Animal Control

727-7017 (Pager: 582-0479)



County Health Department provides daily pollen counts


(April 9, 1999) – St. Louis County Department of Health is once again reporting the daily pollen counts, said Paula Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director. "Actually, our Environmental Health Laboratories measure and record airborne pollen and mold levels all through the year," Dr. Livingston explained, "but in the spring we naturally see greater concentrations of pollen."


"People who want to reduce their exposure to aero-allergens may find it useful to monitor pollen levels every day," said Dr. Livingston. "They can do this by calling our Pollen Information Line at 854-6825 for a recorded announcement. We update the daily pollen and mold counts by 11:00 each weekday morning. Individuals who are particularly sensitive to aero-allergens may find it helpful to avoid outdoor activities when levels are high," she added.


St. Louis County Department of Health collects air samples, magnifies them hundreds of times, performs the pollen counts and reports the data to local news and weather casters, as well as other health organizations such as the American Lung Association. The daily pollen and mold counts apply to the entire St. Louis metropolitan area. For a free brochure please call St. Louis County Department of Health at 854-6324.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Robert Nicolotti, Director, Environmental Laboratories

854-6830



New restaurant inspection form stresses food borne illness threats


(April 2, 1999) – St. Louis County Department of Health (DOH) has fine tuned its restaurant inspection form to place greater emphasis on factors that have direct impact on food safety.


"Certain factors are crucial in the prevention of food borne illness, and those are the critical items our inspectors are looking for," said Dr. Paula S. Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director. "When evaluating a food service operation, we focus on those factors that could pose a health threat," she explained.


Items on the checklist remain the same, with greater weight assigned to the most important ones from a food safety standpoint. As always, critical four and five point items require immediate correction.


Some items that were previously listed individually are now combined, and similar items are grouped together under appropriate headings. This has the effect of putting less overall emphasis on those items in the final score.


Whether at home or in a public setting, the main cause of food borne illness is related to time and temperature. To prevent food borne illness, it is essential to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, as bacteria can thrive when food spends time at improper temperatures. The so-called danger zone is between 45°F and 140°F. Inadequate cooling, reheating, or hot holding, as well as undercooking and cross contamination from raw to cooked foods, all can result in dangerous bacterial growth.


While customers cannot inspect the kitchen, there are some things they can look for to assure a safe dining experience. The exterior of a restaurant should be neat and clean, especially around the dumpster area. Diners can look for the "A" sticker, which should be prominently posted, usually on a door or window as you enter an establishment, or on a wall inside the entrance. Inside, bathrooms should be clean and tidy. Employees should be neat, wear clean clothes and they cannot smoke or eat while on duty. (Gloves are not required by County ordinance: frequent hand washing is considered to be the best way to prevent the spread of germs.)


In 1998, St. Louis County Department of Health initiated a re-engineering process to assess the effectiveness of its restaurant inspection program. As part of the project, a public survey was conducted, which revealed that many people are not aware of the disease prevention aspect of restaurant inspection. The project also involved coordination with industry representatives. With the help of the Greater St. Louis Restaurant Association, input from the regulated food service industry was gathered, and orientation training sessions were offered to explain the revised inspection form. Dual inspections using both the old and the new forms were conducted for six months, with the new form being phased in after January 1999.


"The Greater St. Louis Restaurant Association was very helpful and supportive throughout this process," Dr. Livingston added, "and we feel that reflects their members' dedication to quality and customer service. Operating in a manner conducive to food safety is the ultimate customer service, after all."


In addition to refining the inspection process, standard operating procedures and quality control measures were instituted to increase consistency in inspections. At the same time, computer programs were streamlined to gain maximum data from the new form.


Attachment: Fact Sheet: Restaurant Inspection in St. Louis County


Contact: Barry Drucker, Program Manager

Public Health Sanitation Branch, 854-6925



National Public Health Week, April 5 - April 11 Public health shapes our world


(March 24, 1999) – National Public Health Week (April 5 - April 11) is a good time to recognize the many ways our world is helped by public health efforts. Life expectancy, for example, is now longer than at any time in America's history.


Public health programs benefit everyone in the community. Things like clean air, pure water, and wholesome food have become an expected part of our everyday routines. Immunizations have all but eliminated - or made less deadly - many dreaded diseases of the past.


The preventive nature of public health can make these efforts seem invisible. We don't hear about disease outbreaks that didn't happen! But we all continue to enjoy healthier and longer lives due, in part, to public health.


The Missouri Department of Health, the St. Louis County Department of Health, the St. Louis Department of Health and the St. Louis University School of Public Health joined together to promote Public Health Week this year.


Missouri Department of Health

Eastern District, 220 South Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63103 (314)877-2800


St. Louis City Department of Health

PO BOx 14702, 634 North Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103 (314)658-1140


St. Louis County Department of Health

111 South Meramec, Clayton, MO 63105 (314)854-6000


St. Louis University School of Public Health

3663 Lindell, St. Louis, MO.


Contact:

Nanci Gonder, Missouri DOH (573)751-6062

Ellen Waters, St. Louis County DOH (314) 854-6747

Ellen Ellick, St. Louis DOH (314) 658-1140



UPDATE: Missing greyhound dog is found


(March 17, 1999) – St. Louis County Department of Health (DOH) reports that a greyhound dog that had escaped from a private veterinary hospital on Sunday March 14 has been found in Overland, about two miles south of where it was lost.


The dog is now confined at the DOH animal shelter in north county, where it will complete a routine ten-day observation period after biting a child. DOH animal control officials will continue to work with the greyhound adoption group with the possibility of finding another home for the dog.


Contact: Dan Knox, DVM, Manager, St. Louis County Department of Health Animal Control

Phone 727-7017 / Pager 430-6208



Greyhound that bit child must be found for observation


(March 16, 1999) – St. Louis County Health officials are seeking help in locating a greyhound dog that escaped from a north county veterinary hospital on Sunday March 14. A family adopting the dog turned it in after the dog bit their twenty-month-old child.


The dog is a white male greyhound with brown spots. It was last seen running from the 9400 block of St. Charles Rock Road toward I-170 Sunday evening. St. Louis County animal control officers have assisted in searching for the dog.


“Even though the dog’s rabies vaccinations were up to date, we still need to complete the ten day observation period which is required after a bite incident in order to assure the child is safe from rabies,” explained Dr. pdaula Livingston, DOH Director.


Photo opportunity: picture of dog.

Family is willing to grant interviews.


Contact: Dan Knox, DVM, Manager, St. Louis County Department of Health Animal Control

Phone 727-7017 / Pager 430-6208



March is National Nutrition Month


(March 10, 1999) – “Good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health,” according to Paula Livingston, DDS, MPH, Director of St. Louis County Department of Health. The reminder comes as the nation observes Nutrition Month in March.


The Women, Infonat, Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program is a federally sponsored program which serves all residents of St. Louis County, enabling high-risk pregnant women, postpartum women, infants and children through age four to receive free supplemental food.


“Good nutrition helps provide the best possible start in life and is a necessary ingredient for healthy mothers and children,” said Dr. Livingston. DOH promotes this through nutrition programs and WIC sites where mothers and families can obtain nutrition education, guidance, breast-feeding education, and food vouchers to supplement their diets with nutritious products such as milk, cheese, infant formula, iron-fortified cereal, and eggs.


Over 103,000 St. Louis County residents were served at DOH WIC sites in 1998 and over $5.7 million in food vouchers were issued.


WIC sites are located throughout the County. For more information about WIC or to schedule an appointment, please call 854-6085.


Contact: Steve Fine, Director, Division of Public Health & Ancillary Services, 854-6445



Holiday recyclable event is all wrapped up
Nearly 1,000 households participate in pilot event


(January 27, 1999) – St. Louis County residents responded in droves to the St. Louis County Department of Health recyclable event this past holiday season. Holiday paper, ornaments and miscellaneous items were dropped off by the carload at three St. Louis County locations -- Veterans Memorial at North County Complex, Queeny Park in West County and Kennedy Complex in South County - from December 26-30.


“This was a pilot event and we are pleased with the enthusiastic response from County residents,” said Dr. Paula Livingston, Director of the St. Louis County Department of Health. “In every way, the amount of recyclables surpassed our expectations. We will definitely evaluate the event in consideration for next year.”


Approximately 960 households brought recyclable materials during the five-day event, with an estimated 2,000 persons visiting the sites.


The two holiday items recycled most by County residents were wrapping paper (170 cubic yards) and cardboard and pasteboard gift boxes (10 tons). The recycled paper items received this year would fill six rooms (8 ft. X 10 ft.) Of a house. The paper products collected at this event will go to paper processors to be made into paper towels and tissue paper.


Other materials received at sites were passenger car tires, cardboard boxes, bicycles, pots and pans, craft material and microwaves.


Funding for this event was provided by St. Louis County landfill surcharge funds.


Contact: Lora Mather, 854-6878;

or Laura Yates, 854-6959



January 27 is School Nurses Day


(January 13, 1999) – School Nurses Day is January 27, and St. Louis County Department of Health (DOH) salutes school nurses for their dedication to the health needs of school children in St. Louis County.


“School nurses share many of the same goals that we in public health have,” said Dr. Paula Livingston, Director of DOH. “We especially appreciate their efforts in the area of health education and consider them to be important partners in disease prevention.” In addition, she observes, a healthy child is a better learner.


School nurses often link students and their families with public and private health providers. Their important work helps to promote optimal health in the schools and the community.


Contact: Mary Kay Wolf, (314) 854-6338