Kentucky Department for Public Health

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Kentuckians headed to tropical locales for spring break are being reminded to take precautions against the Zika virus. Travelers are advised to prevent mosquito bites and unprotected sexual contact if venturing to areas where the Zika virus has been identified.

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  Christian County Health Department Director Mike Pyle is resigning his post to work in Frankfort. Pyle will serve as Deputy Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. During his nine-year tenure in Christian County, the health department became the 68th health department in the country and 8th in Kentucky to receive national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. Christian County Health Department Health Education Manager Amanda Bassingthwaite will serve as temporarily director until the position is filled.

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The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center is receiving $400,000 from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to implement programs studying violent fatalities in the state, but not those caused by guns.

KIPRC is a partnership between the state Department for Public Health and University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health.

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health is awarding one of five $160,000 grants to the Purchase District Health Department to fund a children's oral health program. 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is hosting a televised workshop to address communicating with vulnerable populations during public health emergencies and other disasters.

The Oct. 29 workshop will offer members of the Kentucky Outreach and Information Network the opportunity to share ideas to improve outreach to vulnerable populations, including the blind and mentally unhealthy.

The meeting will be led from the Kentucky Department for Public Health in Frankfort and broadcast to ITV sites at local health departments across the state.

Purchase District Health Department

State Health Department officials are looking for the cause of increased Salmonella cases in the region. Purchase District Health Department Epidemiologist Brandi Earp says they’re examining reported cases this summer to try to find any links between them. She says while the number of cases is high, they’re not considering it an outbreak. She says,

“Kentucky Department for Public Health would just like to share that they’re seeing a little bit more increase in Salmonella cases than usual, and they just want to heighten awareness for the public and for providers.”

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Kentucky health experts say Lyme disease is likely underdiagnosed in the commonwealth, in part because it is rarely seen in the state. The number of cases is rising nationally, but just five cases were reported in Kentucky in each of the past two years. Kentucky Department for Public Health policy specialist Mike Schardein tells The Courier-Journal that he believes there are several cases that haven't been confirmed because doctors don't test for it. Lyme disease is spread by the black-legged deer tick, rarely seen in Kentucky.