Know the ABC’s of viral hepatitis

hepatitis awarenessViral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and it’s estimated that 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis, and most don’t know they’re infected. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to learn more about this infectious disease, your risks of getting infected and to find out your status by getting tested.

What are the different types of hepatitis?

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, and there are three common types of hepatitis in the United States: Hepatitis A, B, and C. Continue reading

FAQ: Plague concerns still high as children start summer break this week

Plague in ground squirrel populations in the desert south of Boise continues to be a concern as schools in the Treasure Valley begin summer vacation this week. Public health officials are reminding people to be aware and to take precautions if they live in or are recreating in the affected area.

So far, there are no confirmed cases of the plague in people or pets. And we’d like to keep it that away for as long as possible. As Idahoans prepare for the first weekend that kids are out of school, please take a few moments to read up on the disease and review what you need to do to protect your family, yourself, and your pets.  Continue reading

Recently back from Uganda, DHW employee Aimee Shipman discusses her work on HIV

The level of expertise and knowledge among Health and Welfare staff is extremely high, and a blog post for the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) takes notice of that expertise in one DHW program manager.

Aimee Shipman, her son, Nathan, and their dog, Ancho, take a break from a hike in Castle Rock Reserve in Boise's east end.

Aimee Shipman, her son, Nathan, and their dog, Ancho, take a break from a hike in Castle Rock Reserve in Boise’s east end.

The post highlights Aimee Shipman and her work on HIV for NASTAD, and how that influences her work in Idaho as the program manager for the department’s HIV, STD and Hepatitis programs. She also serves on NASTAD’s executive committee and is currently its secretary.  Continue reading

It’s Hepatitis Awareness Month in Idaho. How high is your risk for hepatitis?

Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter has proclaimed May to be National Hepatitis Awareness Month in Idaho. Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and the No. 1 cause of liver transplants in the country. The proclamation helps shed light on the more than 3 million Americans living with Hepatitis C infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the fact that the majority of those people don’t know they are infected. It’s important for everyone to learn about the dangers of Hepatitis C and the importance of being tested if you have a higher risk of being infected.  Continue reading

Live poultry (including those cute little chicks) commonly carry Salmonella bacteria

Easter is coming up quickly, and with that holiday and the fact that it’s spring, many of us may be thinking about buying chicks or ducklings for gifts or to replenish backyard flocks. It’s important to remember that all poultry commonly carry Salmonella bacteria and to take precautions so you and your family don’t get sick.  Continue reading