Chronic Diseases and Wildfire Season

July 26, 2017 | Environmental Health, General, Health

  Health Effects of Wildland Fire Smoke: Recommendations and Precautions Smoke from wildfires can be potentially hazardous to certain populations. Healthy Gallatin has a few recommendations to help those living with a chronic disease stay healthy. Always have an adequate supply of medication (more than five days worth). If you have asthma, make sure you […]

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National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

Fight the Bite! Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile Virus. Although the mosquito species that typically act as a vector for some of these diseases is not common in our region, it is important to take preventive measures […]

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Domestic (Private) Water Testing

Have you had your well water tested lately? It is recommended that you test your private water on an annual basis, looking for total coliform bacteria and nitrates. A more comprehensive test to categorize your overall water quality, including parameters such as pH and hardness along with specific conductivity and metals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, […]

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Building this Summer?

May 3, 2017 | Environmental Health, Safety

  By Environmental Health Services Do you have any building projects planned this summer? With the spring cleaning out of the way, it’s time to start on that home to-do list that we all have in the back of our minds. Perhaps the list includes building a new shop, adding on an extra room, or […]

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The Scoop on Dog Poop

April 24, 2017 | Environmental Health, General

Fall—especially before the snow starts piling up—is a great time to clean the back yard, which for many Gallatin Valley residents means scooping the dog poop. After all, there’s nothing worse than having that lingering around after the spring thaw. Cleaning up after your dog can be a stinky job, and it’s not a good […]

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Safe Drug Disposal

March 15, 2017 | Environmental Health, Safety

  Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Before you just toss them in the trash, please read further… Unused and expired pharmaceuticals are a public safety issue, with the potential to lead to poisoning, overdose, and abuse. If they are disposed of in the trash, they may […]

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Working Upstream

In 1854, London faced an outbreak of cholera. Dr. John Snow, believing the disease was transmitted through the mouth began investigating the cause of the outbreak, which included plotting the infected area on a map. The results led him to a water pump he suspected was the source of the outbreak. Dr. Snow had the […]

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West Nile Virus: Tips for Prevention

Ahhh the Sun. Summertime is here again in Montana: the season of long days, swimming, BBQs, and outdoor fun of all kinds. But before charging off into the great outdoors, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with West Nile Virus and what the CDC says you can do to prevent it. A few minutes […]

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Heading to the Petting Zoo? Read this First!

Illnesses Prevention Associated with Live Animals at Petting Zoos & Fairs The Gallatin County Fair is upon us, and that means rides, fair food, and petting zoo fun! Petting zoos allow children of all ages to have the thrilling experience of coming face-to-face with animals. This interaction allows people to learn more about animals and […]

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Recreational Water Safety

Harmful algae blooms can occur in any standing body of water that is exposed to the sun. Some years, under certain conditions, the algal blooms may produce toxins which pose a health threat to animals and people. The algae responsible for algal blooms occur naturally and during spells of warm weather can multiply sufficiently to color […]

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