public health

Benton County prides itself on its public health programs. It’s been ranked the healthiest in Oregon four of the past six years. Now it’s fallen behind Washington and Hood River Counties. Benton County Health Spokesman Charlie Fautin says an increase in premature deaths before age 75 cost them the top spot:

Fautin: “We’ll need to go back into our death records and take a closer look at what’s behind that during that period, it wasn’t a statistic we were really aware of before this.”

public.health.oregon.gov

Oregon's rate of unneeded prescribed antibiotics is among the Nation's lowest. Growing resistance to the drugs is a concern for physicians. The tendency of doctors not to prescribe antibiotics is part of a trend in other western states.

National Geographic

A fox found near a residence in Junction City has tested positive for rabies. It’s the first confirmed Oregon case of an animal with the disease this year.  Lane County Public Health says this is the first report of a rabid fox in Lane County since the 1960’s. The animal was tested and confirmed for rabies at the O-S-U Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Corvallis. Rabies, endemic in the bat population, is only rarely seen in foxes, especially in the U.S. It’s a viral disease, carried in the saliva of an infected animal, transmitted when the animal bites.

Legislative Health Care Town Hall Meeting

Oct 9, 2013

At this Legislative Health Care Town Hall Meeting Trish Bohnert of Cover Oregon walks us through the state health exchange. Medical Director Dr. Patrick F. Luedtke with the Department of Health and Human Services speaks about infectious diseases, and State Epidemiologist & Acting State Health Officer Dr. Katrina Hedberg with the Oregon Public Health Division tells us about chronic diseases in Oregon.