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The opioid crisis just keeps getting worse, in part because new types of drugs keep finding their way onto the streets. Fentanyl, heroin’s synthetic cousin, is among the worst offenders. 

Read more of  "Why fentanyl is deadlier than heroin"

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

The CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. To learn more about Zika virus, follow any of the following links:

 General Information>> 

Read the advice for Pregnant Women>>

Read the Information for Health Care Providers>>

**There have been no reported Zika cases in our FIVCO area***

FLU season is in full force and the CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

You can also take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.  Read more...

Download a copy of "The Flu: A Guide for Parents"