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SDHD's mission statement: "Leading a collaborative effort to build a healthier community through improved access to health services, education and disease prevention."
Vision statement: “A healthy community for all”.
IOWASic Hotline Goes Live For Reporting Foodborne Illnesses
Feeling queasy? Call, it's easy! Call 1-844-IowaSic
Do you feel like you are sick because of food that you've eaten? Report it using a new hotline 1-844-IowaSic or call us here at Siouxland District Health Department at 712-234-3908.
Millions of people get food poisoning each year and approximately 125,000 are hospitalized in America because of these illnesses.
By reporting your illness, you help public health officials investigate and identify sources of the illness and prevent others from getting sick!
Updated: October 18, 2016
ZIKA VIRUS Updates
Here's the latest recommendations
Pregnant women and their sexual partners should consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus is actively being transmitted. This includes most of the countries south of the United States as well as Miami-Dade County in Florida.
If postponing travel isn't possible, every precaution needs to be taken to prevent mosquito bites while in these areas. Remember, the types of mosquitoes that are transmitting Zika are daybiting mosquitoes. So protection against bites is necessary all day long.
- Pregnant women who have sex partners that live in or who have traveled to an area with active Zika transmission, should consistently and correctly use barriers to prevent infection or abstain from sext for the duration of the pregnancy. Such barriers include male and female condoms for vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
- Pregnant women should consult their doctors if they have traveled to Zika affected areas. Your doctor can consult with public health officials regarding testing for Zika.
Couples wanting to become pregnant:
- All men with possible Zika exposure (travel to area with ongoing transmission) should wait 6 months before trying to conceive.
- Women with possible Zika exposure should wait 8 months before trying to conceive.
Testing for Zika virus is available only for those suspected of having disease and pregnant women. It is not available for family planning purposes. Testing must be initiated by your medical doctor and coordinated by Iowa Department of Public Health.
Your healthcare provider has access to more detailed information and you can find out much more here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
To see the latest countries considered "Zika affected areas", click here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html
Local Child Care Centers Make Improvements to Improve Health of Children
Several local child care programs have taken the necessary steps to improve their nutrition and physical activity environment, policies, and practices. Siouxland District Health Department provided technical assistance to Apple Tree Preschool and Learning Center in Morningside, Mary Elizabeth Child Care Center, Crittenton Center Child Development Program, and Angel House. All centers completed a self-assessment process, developed action plans, provided workshops on physical activity, childhood obesity, and nutrition to staff, and completed a reassessment. All centers have made great strides to improve their environment for the betterment of the children they serve. Please click on the names of the centers to see a summary of their specific improvements and view some photos below.
Mary Elizabeth Photos
Angel House Photos
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