Pertussis (Whooping Cough) On The Increase
The number of cases of pertussis (whooping cough) is on the rise in the Twin Cities. Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease and can be a serious illness, especially for babies. State and local health officials are recommending that all adolescents and adults get a booster vaccine called Tdap, and that parents make sure their babies stay on schedule to receive a minimum of three of the four vaccine doses needed to be fully protected. A Tdap booster vaccine is particularly recommended for caregivers and family members of young babies.
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New Solid Waste Master Plan
In March 2012, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners adopted Ramsey County’s new final Solid Waste Master Plan (pdf) and submitted it to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for approval. This plan sets policy direction and guides the County, municipalities, the waste-management industry and others in making decisions that protect public health and the environment, reduce a variety of risks, and stabilize the economics of waste management for residents and businesses.
Through a number of mechanisms (including focus groups, electronic and telephone surveys, interviews, meetings, and social media tools), residents, waste-management professionals and representatives of municipalities and other public entities provided input into the development of this plan. As result, the final plan reflects the needs of the broader community as well as the perspectives of County and state staff.
Ramsey County’s plan complements the Regional Solid Waste Master Plan (pdf). This multi-county plan, adopted by the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board in December 2011, provides overall vision and includes high-level regional and partnership strategies to enhance solid waste management in the coming years.
Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin ProductsThe 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
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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.
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