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Ebola Disease
There is a level of community interest in the Ebola disease.  The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has detailed information available. 

For more information on Ebola: Fact Sheet | Ebola Outbreak: Frequently Asked Questions 

MNsure Online Health Insurance Marketplace Opens
MNsure, a new one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can find and compare health plans, and choose the coverage that fits their needs has opened. The site also provides information on eligibility for low-cost or free health plans (similar to Medical Assistance). Individuals and families who do not have health coverage, and small businesses with up to 50 employees, can use MNsure to find and enroll in health plans now for coverage starting in January 2014.

For more information on MNsure | 1.855.3.MNsure (1.855.366.7873) |  MNsure Fact Sheet (pdf)

Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury. Skin products containing mercury have been found in Minnesota and at least six other states. They are manufactured in other countries and marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles.

For more information on Skin Lightening Creams | FDA Alert | Minnesota Department of Health

Properly disposal of products at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites
Health Alert Flyers (pdf) - English | Somali | Hmong | Spanish | Karen
MDH Fact Sheets - English | Somali | Hmong | Spanish

Bed Bugs
Bed bugs feed on human blood, can hide in the smallest crack or crevice and can live over a year with no food.  They are VERY hard to get rid of.  They have not been shown to spread disease; but, their health effects include reaction to bites, loss of sleep, anxiety and depression. 

For more information on Bed Bugs


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