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Historic Village of Milan, Ohio
Pete Schade and Karen Gerold of the Erie County Health Department were in attendance to speak to Council about selected topics for a presentation on the activities of the Health Department for spring 2006.
Karen Gerold, director of environmental health for the Erie County Health Department, said her colleagues aren't planning an educational campaign like Lucas County.
staff has begun sending in raccoons for testing to see if any test positive for rabies.
The mosquitoes were taken on July ...
The mosquitoes were taken on July 30 from two traps near U.S. 6 in Sandusky and Huron and tested with the Ohio Department of Health, according to Karen Gerold, director of the Erie County General Health District's environmental health division.The first trap was about 1Ú2 mile inside Sandusky city limits and the second trap was about 1Ú2 mile east of Rye Beach Road.
"Its important for everybody to take precautions against mosquito bites but its very important for people in those areas to protect themselves," Gerold
Still, local health officials say there is no need to panic.
In areas where West Nile virus is present, less than 1 percent of mosquitoes carry the virus.Only one in 150 who contract the virus from a mosquito bite will develop a serious infection, according to the CDC
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It's just another strain that we've never seen before , said Karen Gerold , director of environmental health for Erie County.The big to-do is it's from Africa and it's now here..
West Nile has so far shown up in 18 states , including Ohio -- Lake County reported a number of infected birds earlier this year.In recent weeks , Cuyahoga , Lucas and Franklin counties have all found infected birds within their borders.But so far this year , the Ohio Department of Health
has not had any human cases reported.
( However ) it doesn't take much to realize that it may be here but we don't know it , Gerold
said , adding that Erie County expects to have test results , from two blue jays it sent to the state health department last month , within the next two weeks.
"When it's made clear to people, ...
"When it's made clear to people, a lot of times they don't want the dog anymore," said Karen Gerold, director of environmental health for Erie County Health Department.
The group of dogs classified as "pit bulls" includes American pit bull terriers, American bulldogs, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, mixes of those breeds and even dogs that look like those breeds.
said dog bites were down this year.
In the last five years, animal bites have dropped from 217 to 113.Except for a spike in 1999, when 226 bites were reported, the trend seems to be toward fewer bites, Gerold
And only two reports of the county's 113 reported animal bites in 2002 specified that the animals were pit bulls, although Gerold
noted that the health department doesn't track specific dog breeds, and victims may not know what breed bit them.
"The reason for the numbers?I don't know," she
said."I'd like to think people are getting smarter about their animals -- how they choose them, train them and take care of them."
From 1979-96, pit bulls are blamed for attacking and killing 60 people; 31 of those attacks took place between 1983-88, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
.Second on the list, the rottweiler, was reported to have killed 29.Twenty of the attacks occurred from 1993-96.
said summer tends to be the year's high point for animal bites, as animals and people are outside and interacting more.
Local police reports showed a few notable incidents:
In June, when an officer responded to a call of a loose pit bull near Warren and Madison streets, residents said the pit bull had attacked another dog and bitten that dog's owner in the thigh.When the officer found the pit bull, it charged him.He
used a snare to fend the dog off, then shot it.