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Phil Ulibarri
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Office: 775.328.2414
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Sep 30, 2014
The Washoe County Health District confirms that a sample of adult mosquitos in the Spanish Springs/Kiley Ranch area has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).
Sep 9, 2014
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program will conduct its fifth and final mosquito abatement application beginning at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 10.
Sep 3, 2014
The Washoe County Health District confirms that mosquitos caught in nine traps set in the Gerlach area in northern Washoe County have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), the second positive identification of WNV in Washoe County in 2014.
Aug 29, 2014
An Interlocal agreement between the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, Washoe County Health District and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District was approved Tuesday August 26. Approval of this Interlocal creates a Regional EMS Oversight Program administered by the Health District for the management, measurement, and improvement of emergency medical services throughout Washoe County.
Aug 12, 2014
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program will be conducting its fourth scheduled mosquito abatement operation beginning at approximately 6:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 13. Helicopter applications of Vectolex will be applied to 1000 acres of wetlands in Lemmon Valley, Kiley Ranch, Red Hawk, Rosewood Lakes, Butler Ranch, South Meadows, Damonte Ranch and Washoe Valley.
Aug 6, 2014
The Washoe County Health District confirms that mosquitos in a small pool of water in the Spanish Springs/Kiley Ranch area has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), the first positive identification of WNV in Washoe County in 2014.
Jul 10, 2014
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Diseases Prevention Program will be conducting their third scheduled mosquito abatement operation beginning at 6:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 10.
Jun 27, 2014
Keep Cool to Minimize Risk
Jun 6, 2014
Health District Mosquito Abatement Efforts Continue
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May 22, 2014
Today the Washoe County District Board of Health unanimously approved the revised Franchise Agreement for the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) that includes a number of measures improving the region's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system.
May 12, 2014
Bike to Work, School and Fun Week
May 9, 2014
Health District says Keep It Clean and Rack ‘Em Up during National Bike Month
May 5, 2014
With the mild winter and spring conditions, the Truckee Meadows Community may experience biting mosquitoes earlier than normal.
Apr 24, 2014
National Air Quality Awareness Week, April 28 - May 2, is a good time for area residents to reflect upon the importance of a natural resource we all need and share - clean air.
Apr 1, 2014
AQMD receives award usually given to major corporations. “It’s a significant achievement for anyone to receive this award and it’s really something for a small County staff of 18 to be recognized,” says Washoe County Health District AQMD Director Charlene Albee.
Mar 7, 2014
Washoe residents encouraged to get ready, be prepared
Mar 6, 2014
Early Warning Systems vetted by Nevada contingent
Rebates up to $1,100 available on first come, first serve basis
Feb 28, 2014
The annual residential wood burning color code season ends on February 28.
Feb 27, 2014
Washoe County Health District receives Fundamental Review
Feb 26, 2014
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its 2012 STD Surveillance Report indicate an increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis nationwide. Increases in the same STDs are also occurring in Washoe County, with a more remarkable increase taking place from 2012 to 2013.
Feb 6, 2014
Hungry to make a difference in our community?
Charlene Albee, REM, former Permitting & Enforcement Branch Chief for the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division has been promoted to Division Director.
Jan 16, 2014
Today the Surgeon General is releasing the 50th anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health. The report highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and details initiatives that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the U.S. Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made.
Jan 6, 2014
Health District maintains Green Burn Code.
Jan 2, 2014
Vaccine Still Available as Season Nears Usual Peak
Dec 26, 2013
Health District Changes Burn code to Yellow
Dec 23, 2013
Burn code is now red: Use of fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves prohibited until further notice.
Dec 19, 2013
Health District changes burn code from Red to Green
Nov 1, 2013
Washoe residents encouraged to get ready, be prepared
Oct 31, 2013
Keep it Clean - Know the Code - Burn Notifications Begin November 1
Oct 11, 2013
A recent increase in reports of stomach illnesses and flu-like symptoms in several schools and day care facilities in Washoe County has health officials reminding everyone of the importance of hand washing, exclusion, and cleaning in halting the spread of diseases like norovirus and influenza.
Oct 3, 2013
Health District asks residents to be bear aware with garbage
Sep 12, 2013
The Washoe County Health District and numerous community partners will celebrate Healthy Living Week, September 15-21, focusing on promoting physical activity and proper nutrition by hosting events open to the public. In our community, 35.2% of children and 60% of adults are overweight or obese.
Sep 3, 2013
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Control Program’s final seasonal aerial mosquito larvicide treatment for the Truckee Meadows area will take place on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
Aug 29, 2013
2013 Washoe County Obesity Forum
AQMD is notifying the public of continued possible changes in air quality conditions due to smoke primarily from the Rim Fire in California.
Aug 27, 2013
AQMD is notifying the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions through Friday, August 30, 2013 due to smoke primarily from the Rim Fire California.
Aug 23, 2013
Poor air quality conditions expected to last through Tuesday, August 27.
Aug 22, 2013
AQMD is notifying the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions through Sunday, August 25, 2013 due to smoke from the Rim Fire and American Fire in California. Widespread haze and smoky conditions will continue to affect Southern Washoe County especially valley locations including Reno and Sparks.
Aug 20, 2013
New Service Counter hours will be Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Aug 15, 2013
AQMD is notifying the public of the potential for poor air quality conditions through Sunday, August 18, 2013 due to smoke from the American Fire in California. Widespread haze and smoky conditions will continue to affect Southern Washoe County especially valley locations including Reno and Sparks.
Aug 8, 2013
The Washoe County Health District Vector-borne Disease Control Program will conduct insecticide fogging on August 9, 2013, to reduce mosquito activity.
Aug 6, 2013
The Washoe County Health District Vector-Borne Disease Control Program's fourth seasonal aerial mosquito larvicide treatment for the Truckee Meadows area will take place on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
Aug 1, 2013
Two Washoe County Health District Community and Clinical Health Services staff members have been honored for their work in separate areas of service.
Jul 30, 2013
The Washoe County Health District Vector-borne Disease Control Program will conduct insecticide fogging on July 31, 2013, to reduce mosquito activity.
Jul 19, 2013
The Cold Springs Family Center’s Before-and-After School Program has included new wellness practices in their programming and as a result has been awarded $250 in play equipment through a grant from the Washoe County Health District and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
Jul 9, 2013
The Washoe County Health District Vector-borne Disease Control Program’s third seasonal aerial mosquito larvicide treatment for the Truckee Meadows area will take place on July 10, 2013.
Jun 28, 2013
A third case of hepatitis A has been identified in Washoe County as part of the multistate outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold by Costco.
Jun 27, 2013
As temperatures rise over the next few days, Washoe County Health District officials are reminding residents and visitors that heat-related illnesses can be deadly and are urging people to take precautions to avoid them. There are simple steps people can take to keep risk at a minimum.
Jun 21, 2013
Reduce your Risk of Being Bitten by Mosquitoes
Jun 12, 2013
Helicopter applications to begin at 6 a.m. and continue through the morning.
Jun 5, 2013
Two additional western states have been added to the multi-state hepatitis A outbreak linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold by Costco. According to health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Utah and Hawaii are now being added to the previously identified states of Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. In Nevada as of Wednesday morning, a total of 6 cases of hepatitis A have been associated with the tainted berry mix. Two of the 6 cases are Washoe County residents. Nationally, over 60 cases have been identified.
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May 31, 2013
5 cases of hepatitis A have been identified in Nevada as part of a regional outbreak primarily focused in western states linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold by Costco.
May 16, 2013
Prevention Education and Services are available for our community's youth
May 14, 2013
Hungry to make a difference in our community?

Applications are currently being accepted for two positions on the Washoe County Food Policy Council, a volunteer public/private partnership bringing together representation from all sectors of the Food System for networking, collaboration, and promotion of access to healthy foods.
May 9, 2013
National Women’s Health Week 2013 is approaching, and the Washoe County Health District urges you to take part!
May 3, 2013
National Bike to Work and School Week starts with 'Rack 'Em Up' Bicycle contest May 8.
Apr 30, 2013
Kevin Dick, former director of the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division (AQMD), assumed the position of Interim Health Officer on Friday, April 26, 2013. He replaces Dr. Joseph Iser, who resigned due to health issues. Iser served at the Health District since June, 2011.
Apr 29, 2013
2013 Air Quality Awareness Week
Mar 29, 2013
The Nevada Public Health Association, in collaboration with the Washoe County Health District, will recognize National Public Health Week, April 1 – 7, 2013, by hosting a series of events that promote this year’s theme, "Public Health is Return On Investment: Save Lives, Save Money."
Mar 23, 2013
Each year, the United States and other countries recognize World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to commemorate the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes TB.
Mar 12, 2013
Washoe County Health District staff will hold a public workshop on proposed revisions to the Fee Schedule on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop will be held at Builders Association of Northern Nevada offices, located at 5484 Reno Corporate Drive, Suite 100, in Reno.
Mar 5, 2013
A long-awaited remodeling of the lobby area will temporarily limit access to the Washoe County Health District offices until further notice, according to health officials.
Mar 1, 2013
The annual residential wood burning color code season ended on February 28.
Jan 31, 2013
Health officials will explore how “cross-jurisdictional sharing” can lead to greater efficiency and impact across northern Nevada
Jan 3, 2013
In order to combat increased numbers of norovirus cases in the community which have impacted many local elementary schools since the beginning of the school year, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) has conducted intensive cleaning during the winter break at all District schools. In a further effort to prevent the reintroduction of this virus into schools, the school district is reminding parents of elementary school children to keep their children at home if they have shown symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea within the 72- hour period before schools reopen on Monday, Jan. 7.
Jan 2, 2013
On December 14, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took important steps to protect the health of Americans from fine particle pollution by strengthening the annual health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particles (PM2.5) from 15.0 to 12.0 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3). The new standard will also affect calculations used for the Washoe County Air Quality Index (AQI) and the Keep it Clean, Know the Code Program.
Dec 6, 2012
EnergyFit Nevada offers up to $3,000 in rebates to make your home happier, healthier, and more comfortable this holiday season.
Nov 29, 2012
The number of children and adults stricken by the recent norovirus outbreak in Washoe County has risen to over 1,400 according to health officials. And, concern that more cases may appear has the Washoe County Health District stressing the importance of hand washing, exclusion, and environmental cleaning to halt the gastro-intestinal illness that has sickened hundreds of residents.
Nov 13, 2012
Washoe County Health Officials to Proclaim November 15th as the Great American Smokeout
Nov 1, 2012
Wood burning in fireplaces and woodstoves affects the air quality in Washoe County particularly in autumn and winter months. That's why every year beginning November 1, and continuing through February 28, the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) uses the Keep It Clean - Know the Code - Green, Yellow, Red Burn Code Program to inform area residents whether or not lighting stoves or fireplaces is allowed, or is advisable. County residents can go on line to www.ourcleanair.com or call (775) 785-4110 to get daily burn code status.
Oct 25, 2012
The cause of the gastro-intestinal illness that has sickened hundreds of local elementary school children has been identified as norovirus and sapovirus - both in the family of calicivirus, according to the Washoe County Health District. The viruses cause nausea, stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea, and they are highly contagious. While norovirus has been responsible for similar outbreaks in Washoe County before, this is the first time sapovirus has been identified as one of the contributing causes to a gastro-intestinal illness outbreak in our community. The control measures and requirements provided to the school district are expected to remain the same regardless of which virus is identified through additional laboratory findings.
Oct 19, 2012
A gastro-intestinal illness suspected of sickening hundreds of local elementary school children has the Washoe County Health District puzzled after eleven children with similar symptoms were seen in local emergency rooms in one day. The virus causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and it is highly contagious.
Oct 1, 2012
International Walk to School Day 2012 is Wednesday, October 3. The Washoe County Health District is celebrating by joining the Safe Routes to School Program and walking with local elementary school students to school on that day. Washoe County District Health Officer Dr. Joseph Iser will be walking with Echo Loder students from Yori Park to their school on Apple Street a half a mile away.
Sep 27, 2012
The Nevada Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease and Food Safety Laboratory has notified the Washoe county Health District that a 6-year-old feral horse in the south Reno area has tested positive for WNV.
Sep 26, 2012
The first and most important step in protecting against influenza (flu) is to get a flu vaccination each season. This year the Washoe County Health District will begin providing flu immunizations on Monday, October 1, at 1001 East Ninth Street, Building B, in Reno.
Sep 7, 2012
The Washoe County Health District and numerous community partners will host the fourth annual Obesity Forum on Wednesday, September 19, at the UNR Joe Crowley Student Union.
Sep 5, 2012
The Washoe County Health District, the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition, and the Nevada Public Health Association are raising awareness of smoke free meeting and event options in Northern Nevada by promoting SmokefreeMeetings.org, a website developed after the three groups received requests from event organizers and participants looking for 100% smoke free venues in our region.
Food inspection scores for restaurants and food facilities in Reno, Sparks, Incline Village, and the rest of Washoe County, Nevada are now available on your mobile device.
Aug 14, 2012
Following recommendations from the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division (AQMD), the District Board of Health assessed $35,250 in penalties for violations of air quality regulations during the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The Washoe County Health District does not keep the fines that are collected for air quality violations. The money collected through air quality penalties is provided to the Washoe County School District.
The Washoe County Health District will join Immunize Nevada for a back-to-school immunization clinic to provide free shots for all children 0-18 years of age at the Legends Mall on Saturday, August 18, from 12 noon to 5 pm. Vaccinations will be administered on a first come first serve basis while vaccine supply lasts and time allows. Although parents are asked to bring their children’s shots records with them, State of Nevada WebIZ staff will be on hand to assist in determining which vaccinations are required before students can be admitted to classes.
Jul 10, 2012
As deadly record-temperatures bake the east coast and thermometers in the Silver State hover near and into triple digits, Washoe County Health District officials remind residents and visitors that heat-related illnesses can be deadly, and to take precautions to avoid them.
Jun 21, 2012
The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) recently reported by the California Department of Public Health serves as a reminder that mosquito activity can lead to serious illness.
Jun 18, 2012
The Washoe County Health District reports that pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has been confirmed in three Truckee Meadows residents in the same household. These are the first confirmed cases in Washoe County since August of 2011.
Jun 11, 2012
The Washoe County Health District (Health District) Vector-Borne Disease Program staff has begun mosquito abatement by conducting localized fogging treatments and planning aerial abatement applications to small bodies of water in the Truckee Meadows.
Jun 8, 2012
The National Safety Council has designated June as National Safety Month, and local health officials encourage everyone to get involved.
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May 31, 2012
June marks the beginning of “ozone season.” Warm summer weather and emissions from auto mobiles and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) create conditions that can lead to elevated levels of ozone, a major ingredient of smog. High levels of ozone may occur throughout the summer months.
May 24, 2012
As summer quickly approaches, the Washoe County Health District has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Park Service (NPS) to emphasize the dangers of skin cancer and has provided simple steps you can take to protect yourself. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention designated the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, “Don’t Fry Day,” as a way to highlight sun safety.
May 23, 2012
As part of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month activities in May, the Washoe County Health District has released Teen Birth Rate data for our area. According to local health officials, Washoe County teen birth rates have been declining since 2006. Over the past five years, Washoe County’s teen birth rates among the 15-19 year old females, continued to be approximately 3 points lower than Nevada’s teen birth rate for this same population.
May 14, 2012
Clouds permitting, Washoe County residents and visitors should get one of the better looks at the May 20 annular solar eclipse as it crosses the western sky beginning at 5:15 pm. Health officials remind everyone to be safe when watching the solar spectacle, and never look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye, through telescopes, or through binoculars, without the proper filters. Doing so could result in permanent and serious eye damage, including blindness.
May 11, 2012
The 13th annual observance of National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012, and is celebrated through May 19. With the theme, "It’s Your Time," National Women’s Health Week 2012 encourages women to make their health a top priority, and take simple steps for longer, healthier, and happier lives.
Apr 26, 2012
National Air Quality Awareness Week, April 30 - May 4, is a good time for area residents to reflect upon the importance of one of the natural resources we all depend upon and share: clean air.
Apr 25, 2012
Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized, or inappropriately immunized. This year, during the week of April 21-28, 2012, the Washoe County Health District will join with Immunize Nevada and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to raise awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations, by observing National Infant Immunization Week.
Apr 4, 2012
It may sound like common sense that good hygiene, properly washing hands, and getting appropriate immunizations are all ways to help prevent communicable diseases; but, every year, 1 million Americans die from illnesses that could have been prevented.
Ten members of the new Washoe County Food Policy Council have been selected in efforts to improve networking, collaboration, and promotion of access to healthy foods in Washoe County.
Routine screenings and education can go a long way toward helping Americans improve reproductive and sexual health. As part of National Public Health Week, April 2-8, the Washoe County Health District and the American Public Health Association (APHA) remind everyone that these measures will lower the risk of disease and deaths.
Apr 2, 2012
As part of our country’s observance of National Public Health Week, April 2 -8, the Washoe County Health District and the American Public Health Association (APHA) remind everyone that tobacco, drugs, and alcohol kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, and that death and disease from tobacco, drug, and alcohol use is preventable.
Mar 30, 2012
A rare strain of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) has made its way to the Truckee Meadows. According to local public health officials, 30 cases of HFMD, identified as Coxsackievirus A6, have been identified here; cases have appeared in only three other places in the United States – Alabama (38), California (seven), and Connecticut (one).
A Healthier America Begins Today is the theme for National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 2-8, 2012. Local health officials are supporting the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) efforts in drawing attention to the numerous small steps Americans can take to make big changes in their health and well being.
Eating healthier and exercising regularly can go a long way toward helping Americans lessen their risk of preventable death from causes such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Mar 21, 2012
Each year, the United States and other countries recognize World TB Day on March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB). It also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions, and to support worldwide TB-control efforts.
Mar 14, 2012
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will launch a new national education campaign next week that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage real people suffer as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. The ads show the toll smoking-related illnesses take on real people and their loved ones. Viewers in Reno, Sparks, Washoe County, and northern Nevada will see the ads from March 19 to June 4, 2012.
Mar 6, 2012
Of the 64 communicable diseases reported by the Washoe County Health District to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every week, chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) leads the list.
Feb 23, 2012
Food inspection scores for thousands of Washoe County restaurants and food facilities are now available to the public at http://washoeeats.washoecounty.us . Now not only will county residents have access to how local eateries fared during inspections, but they, and anyone else who wishes to visit the site, should gain a greater understanding of the work the Health District conducts during food inspections.
Jan 18, 2012
Have you resolved to be healthier in 2012? We all make resolutions for the New Year - lose weight, read more, learn a new skill… But while statistics show that most people abandon their New Year resolutions within a few short weeks, here are some health-related goals that will keep you healthy this year and for years to come. Even though we’re past New Year’s Eve, it’s not too late to make a few.
Jan 9, 2012
A federally-funded, graphic, realistic, and hard-hitting anti-smoking multi-media campaign coordinated by the Washoe County Health District begins today in efforts to increase awareness of the health risks of smoking and increase the number of people trying to stop. According to health officials and anti-tobacco advocates, the campaign targets tobacco use because it is the leading cause of preventable death in Washoe County and is a primary risk factor for most chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke. The campaign, which coincides with many people’s New Year Resolutions, will run on television, print, and billboards.
Jan 4, 2012
Applications Open for New County Food Policy Council
Dec 16, 2011
Tuberculosis is one the world’s deadliest diseases. The World Health Organization estimates 2 billion people are infected with the tuberculosis bacterium. And, while TB cases in the United States have been declining since 1993, more than 11 million people living in the United States have latent TB infection.
Dec 14, 2011
In less than 90 minutes after Jimmy Leeward’s P-51 crashed into the Reno Air Race box seats, fifty-six injury victims had been transported to three Reno hospitals. In less than 120 minutes after the crash, preparations to establish a Family Assistance Center for friends and relatives of those killed, injured, and missing had begun. And even before NTSB investigators had deployed to the Stead airfield to begin their investigation of the tragedy that left 11 people dead and nearly 70 injured, hundreds of emergency responders, public health officials, and volunteers were actively engaged in community aid.
Dec 13, 2011
In honor of the fifth anniversary of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, the Washoe County Health District 2011 Extra Mile Awards (EMAs) will be awarded to two Northern Nevada organizations for voluntarily expanding the smoking ban.
Nov 23, 2011
Properly preparing and handling foods can assure us all safe meals every day of the year, but especially during the holidays. Here are some simple, easy-to-remember food safety tips:
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water before and after food preparation, and especially after handling raw foods; 
  • Clean all work surfaces, utensils, and dishes with hot soapy water, and rinse with hot water after each use;
  • Be sure to cook foods thoroughly. For a turkey, that means cooking the bird to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F or above to ensure safety; and,
  • When dealing with leftovers, turkey should be refrigerated one of two ways:  within two hours after it is cooked; or right after cooking, the turkey should be de-boned, sliced, or pulled into pieces no more than 2 1/2 inches thick and refrigerated in shallow containers. 
Nov 21, 2011
The Washoe County Health District has received its first laboratory-confirmed report of influenza in the Truckee Meadows. Tests indicate type A H3. “Influenza is highly contagious, and persons who have not had a flu shot may be at risk of catching the disease,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Dr. Joseph Iser. “Common signs and symptoms of the flu include: fever over 100°F, aching muscles, chill and sweats, headaches, dry cough, fatigue and weakness, and nasal congestion. If you have flu symptoms and at are at risk of complications, see your doctor right away.” Persons at risk for complications include: children aged 6 months- 4 years (59 months); people 50 years and older; pregnant women; and, persons with chronic illness.
Nov 18, 2011
The levels of particulate pollution measured at Washoe County Health District’s network of air quality monitoring stations has declined this afternoon from the high levels experienced during the morning. High levels of particulate pollution due to blowing dust or from wildfire smoke may continue to occur in localized areas due to wind gusts or immediately downwind of the wildfire and in the path of the smoke plume.
A combination of strong winds and wildfire smoke has elevated particulate matter pollution levels in the Truckee Meadows. Particulate matter concentrations have increased significantly in association with the strong winds. The majority of particulate matter in the air is from windblown dust, but smoke is also affecting localized neighborhoods immediately downwind of the wildfire and in the path of the smoke plume.
Nov 14, 2011
One in eight babies was born too early in the United States according to a recent National Institute of Medicine Report. That represents more than half a million infants who incur more than $26.2 billion in medical care, special intervention, education services, and lost productivity. Because everyone shares in the burden of caring for premature infants, the March of Dimes has declared November 17, 2011 as Prematurity Awareness Day - when attention is called to this public health problem.
Oct 31, 2011
Colder autumn temperatures and impending winter weather signal the start of wood burning in fireplaces and woodstoves. Because this affects the air quality in Washoe County, beginning November 1, the Washoe County Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) uses the Green, Yellow, Red Burn Code Program to inform area residents whether or not lighting stoves or fireplaces is allowed, or is advisable.
Oct 10, 2011
Week 40 of the calendar year, the first week in October, is usually the first week that local health officials begin tracking influenza activity. This year Week 40 also coincided with the first week that flu vaccine was made available at the Washoe County Health District offices, located at 1001 East Ninth Street in Reno. Health officials here and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind everyone that persons 6 months of age and older should get an annual flu shot.
Sep 30, 2011
The future direction of several public health programs overseen by the Washoe County District Board of Health is one of the many agenda items to be discussed at the upcoming Strategic Retreat scheduled for 9 a.m., on Thursday, October 6, at Health District offices located at 1001 East Ninth Street, in Reno. A complete meeting agenda can be found at http://www.washoecounty.us/health. The meeting is open to the public.
Sep 19, 2011
The Family Assistance Center established at the Hyatt Place Hotel to assist families of victims following Friday's Reno Air Race incident will be transitioning to the Washoe County Regional Emergency Operations Center. Assistance Center activities will continue indefinitely through call center support to link families to available resources.
Sep 17, 2011
A Family Assistance Center to aid in the identification and location of victims of yesterday’s incident at the Reno Championship Air Races has been established at the Hyatt Place Hotel at 1790 East Plumb Lane in Reno – directly across the street from the Reno Tahoe International Airport.
The Family Assistance Center established to aid in the identification and location of victims of yesterday’s incident at the Reno Championship Air Races will close this evening at 8 p.m. It will be reopened tomorrow, Sunday, September 18, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Center is located at the Hyatt Place Hotel at 1790 East Plumb Lane - directly across the street from the Reno Tahoe International Airport.
Sep 7, 2011
The Washoe County Health District Community and Clinical Health Services Division (CCHS) Family Planning Program will reopen the Night Clinic starting September 7, 2011, according to health officials. The clinic will be open for business on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday of every month from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Health District offices located in Building B at the Washoe County Administrative Complex at 1001 East Ninth Street in Reno.
Sep 2, 2011
The Washoe County Health District and numerous community partners will host the third annual Obesity Forum from 8am - 4:30pm, on Thursday, September 8, at the UNR Joe Crowley Student Union. The forum’s goal is to inspire individuals and organizations to support efforts to prevent and reduce obesity in Washoe County through education and collaboration across all sectors.
Aug 25, 2011
The Washoe County Health District is reporting the first lab-confirmed human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in an adult resident of Washoe County. According to health officials this case of WNV is non-neuroinvasive – a milder form of the disease – and the subject is now recovering.
Aug 12, 2011
Back-to-school immunization requirements for Washoe County School District students include being current with Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) if entering 7th grade. For those students who are not current with the Tdap requirement, special Walk-in Clinics at the Washoe County Health District will be held from 1- 4:30 p.m., on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning August 15 through August 26. A special Saturday Walk-in Clinic is set for 9-1 p.m., on August 27.
Aug 5, 2011
While new HIV surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates the overall number of new HIV infections has remained fairly stable from 2006–2009, there continues to be local concern about increasing numbers of new infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) according to health officials.
Aug 4, 2011
Ground turkey contaminated with the Salmonella Heidelberg bacteria has sickened 78 people, hospitalized 22, and killed at least one person according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak, which has been detected in 26 states including Nevada, has prompted local health officials to remind people that proper food handling, preparation, and storage can prevent many health concerns.
Jul 21, 2011
Back-to-school sales should remind parents that it's also time to think about back-to-school immunizations. And, as always, new regulations may require another shot or two before your student is allowed admittance to classes. The Washoe County Health District encourages parents to review their children's immunization records and to make an appointment now for needed shots to avoid the back-to-school rush.
Jun 28, 2011
Warm summer weather has arrived in the Truckee Meadows and with it unhealthful levels of ozone, a major ingredient of smog.
Jun 24, 2011
Four members of the Washoe County Health District's Epidemiology and Public Health Preparedness Division have been published in the June 22, 2011 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Jun 21, 2011
The Washoe County Health District and Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) have made it easier than ever to reduce the number of plastic bottles that go into landfill by launching a new interactive website – www.iRefill.org.
Jun 6, 2011
Joseph P. Iser, MD, DrPH, MSc, a former Director of Public Health and Public Health Officer for Nevada County and Yolo County, California, assumes the position of Washoe County District Health Officer today.
Jun 3, 2011
The recent resignation of Dr. Amy J. Kahn from the Washoe County District Board of Health has left a vacancy on the board for a physician licensed to practice in Nevada with experience in public health. Interested and qualified persons wishing to be considered for this appointment should call Janet Smith at (775) 328-2427 or apply online at http://www.washoecounty.us/citizens/vacancies.html. Application deadline is Sunday, June 19, 2011.
Five public health staff members were recognized for outstanding service recently by the Washoe County District Board of Health.
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May 18, 2011
May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and prevention advocates are promoting an interactive on-line quiz available for teens to help them recognize sexually high risk situations that may arise.
May 13, 2011
Join us May 22nd for a day of kite flying fun and great safety and preparedness information!
May 4, 2011
Warm weather, melting snow, and increased water in wetlands areas provide perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes according to local health officials, so the Washoe County Health District plans to start aerial mosquito abatement applications beginning Thursday, May 19.
Apr 8, 2011
Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections occur every year in the United States with almost half of these cases among young people according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Mar 31, 2011
After lengthy discussion at the March 24, 2011, meeting of the Washoe County District Board of Health, board members voted 6 - 1 for no fee schedule increases through September, 2011.
Mar 30, 2011
The Washoe County Health District is celebrating National Public Health Week 2011 by hosting a free seminar on Agro-Terrorism and Community Preparedness, Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m. in the Washoe County Commission Chambers located at 1001 East Ninth Street.
Mar 11, 2011
Washoe County Health District authorities are warning that someone has been calling restaurants to set up inspections.
Mar 4, 2011
Tuberculosis elimination: "Together We Can!"
Jan 14, 2011
Looking to serve your community? Join the Medical Reserve Corps!
Dec 29, 2010
Free nicotine patches available to help quit tobacco use
Dec 22, 2010
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department wants everyone in the Truckee Meadows to have a wonderful holiday. That is why we are asking that residents refrain from burning wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and Christmas trees.
Dec 13, 2010
Board of Health to Honor Businesses at December Meeting
Dec 10, 2010
Cold weather and winter are here- and so are additional challenges for the elderly and those with disabilities. Take care of those special people in your life...
Dec 1, 2010
Mary-Ann Brown, RN, MSN, former Division Director of the Community and Clinical Health Services Division at the Washoe County Health District, assumes the position of Interim Health Officer today. She replaces the retiring health officer, Dr. Mary Anderson, MD, MPH, who served at the health district for five years. Brown is expected to direct health district activities for a minimum of five months as the District Board of Health conducts a search for a new health officer.
Nov 30, 2010
Making sure your family and friends are safe when disaster strikes is a double gift. It gives both parties peace-of-mind by insuring everyone is prepared for an emergency. That is why you should consider gifting an emergency supply kit this holiday season.
Nov 22, 2010
The Washoe County District Health Department, Environmental Health Services (EHS) office will be closing every day at 4:30 pm, beginning December 1st. The requirements of a new accounting system have made it necessary for front counter staff to stop receiving payments by 4:30 pm, in order to close out the daily books by 5:00 pm.
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Washoe County District Health Department reminds consumers about the importance of safe food handling to prevent food-borne illness.
Nov 9, 2010
The Washoe County Health District, Office of Vital Statistics, charges fees in accordance with Nevada Revised Statute and the State of Nevada Office of Vital Statistics. On October 15, 2010, the State of Nevada authorized an increase in fees to go into effect beginning December 1, 2010.
Oct 27, 2010
On November 1st, the 24th year of the Green, Yellow, Red Wood Burning and Better Air Guide will begin. For those residents using wood stoves, pellet stoves, and fireplaces this winter, paying attention to the daily color code will be crucial.
Oct 14, 2010
Please attend the awards ceremony for the winners of the Clean Hands Month Coloring Contest tomorrow, October 15th at the Central Conference Room of the Washoe County Complex, located at 1001 E. 9th Street, in Reno. Presentations will begin at 4 pm.
Oct 4, 2010
Registration and wristband distribution begins Wednesday, October 6, for 2,500 vaccinations
Oct 1, 2010
2,500 people to be immunized against influenza in four-hour drive-thru exercise *UPDATE* Wristbands to participate in this drill are NO LONGER AVAILABLE. *UPDATE*
Sep 16, 2010
The Washoe County Health District has received notification of the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in a Washoe County resident, according to Scott Monsen, Program Manager for the Vector Borne Disease and Prevention Program.
Sep 13, 2010
Local experts and community members gather to work towards a solution.
Sep 7, 2010
The Washoe County Health District is challenging YOU to a hand washing competition! That’s right! Test your skills and learn the proper way to wash your hands and keep yourself healthy throughout the Great Reno Balloon Races, September 10 through the 12th.
Resources to help people avoid and quit tobacco are more important now than ever before
Aug 30, 2010
Clean hands to save lives! The Washoe County Health District will be celebrating Clean Hands Month all of September.
Aug 18, 2010
Between June and August the Washoe County Health District identified 16 cases of the specific type of Salmonella Enteritidis which has made recent national news, according to District Health Officer Dr. Mary Anderson. This is more than six times the number of cases normally reported during these months in previous years.
Aug 13, 2010
Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) has been detected in the Lemmon Valley sentinel chicken flocks kept by the Washoe County Health District. It is one of several mosquito-borne virus diseases that can affect the central nervous system, causing severe complications, including death.
Aug 3, 2010
Testing of mosquitoes trapped at Damonte Ranch, has shown that West Nile Virus (WNV) has found its way to Washoe County this summer. Starting tonight, Health District Vector Borne Disease and Prevention staff will begin spraying for adult mosquitoes in that area.
Jul 15, 2010
As temperatures rise over the next few days, Washoe County Health District officials are reminding residents and visitors that heat-related illnesses can be deadly and are urging people to take precautions to avoid them.
Jun 10, 2010
Health District Report Encourages Landlords and Property Managers to Consider Voluntary Smoke-Free Policies
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May 20, 2010
The Washoe County Health District has confirmed a case of the food borne illness Campylobacter, in a small child who ate homemade cheese that was sold door-to-door in the Truckee Meadows.
May 18, 2010
Washoe County Health District is beginning aerial mosquito abatement applications this Thursday, May 20. Due to budget reductions there will be 40 percent fewer aerial larvicide applications this mosquito season, and the Washoe County Health District is stressing that residents must become more aware of protecting themselves from biting mosquitoes this summer.
May 6, 2010
The National Month to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy takes place in May. The purpose of this month is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding early pregnancy and parenthood through an interactive online quiz. Hundreds of thousands of teens nationally are expected to participate.
Apr 12, 2010
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Several government and community child welfare agencies and organizations have partnered to host events throughout Nevada designed to bring greater attention to the plight of abused and neglected children.
Apr 1, 2010
One of Only 40 Communities Selected Across the U.S. To Combat Obesity and Chronic Disease
Mar 29, 2010
The Washoe County Health District reports that gastrointestinal illness appears to once again be circulating in the community. Norovirus is just one common cause of gastrointestinal illness, and has caused several large epidemics in Washoe County in recent years.
Mar 16, 2010
The current boil water order in Sun Valley affects all restaurants, bars and other food establishments in that area.
Dec 10, 2009
For the first time since 1994, Air Quality Management staff from the Washoe County Health District will be out on patrol, looking for smoking fireplace chimneys. Mary Anderson, MD, MPH, issued a RED Burn Ban this morning at 9:30, when fine particulate matter (smaller than 2.5 microns in size) reached reach the unhealthful level.
Dec 4, 2009
Reno, Nev - In honor of the second anniversary of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, the 2009 Extra Mile Awards (EMAs) will be awarded to the following Northern Nevada businesses for voluntarily expanding the smoking ban at their facilities:
Nov 10, 2009
November is Diabetes Awareness Month; an opportunity for all Washoe County residents to learn the signs of diabetes and take steps to lower their risk.
Nov 5, 2009
Internationally-recognized expert on domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, Lundy Bancroft will speak in Reno at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the University of Nevada campus Tuesday, November 17, as part of the 9th Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Task Force Conference.
Oct 29, 2009
On November 1st, the 23rd year of the Green, Yellow, Red Wood Burning and Better Air Guide will begin.
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County Health District has moved their office to the Washoe County Complex at 1001 E. 9th Street, Building A, Suite 115A.
Oct 9, 2009
The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) is pleased to announce that Haws Corporation is the first company to become a partner in the “iRefill – There’s No Landfill in a Refill” campaign.
Sep 9, 2009
The Washoe County Health District is challenging YOU to a hand washing competition! That’s right! Test your skills and learn the proper way to wash your hands and keep yourself healthy during the Boys & Girls Club "Day for Kids" event at Ardmore Park in Sparks, this Saturday Sept. 12th, from 11 AM to 2 PM.
Sep 1, 2009
The next time you step up to wash your hands, start singing the Alphabet song (to yourself, if you are shy) and wait until the end of the song to rinse the soap from your hands. Sounds easy and correctly washing hands can help keep everyone from getting exposed to colds, the flu and other viruses like norovirus, which causes stomach upset and diarrhea.
Aug 26, 2009
In an effort to help ensure that all students beginning seventh grade this year can do so on time, the Washoe County Health District is holding special walk-in clinics at which Tdap vaccinations will be provided.
Jul 23, 2009
Summer has truly arrived in Northern Nevada in the form of temperatures over 100 degrees. "Nevadans enjoy some of the sunniest weather in the nation,” said Mary Anderson, MD, Washoe County District Health Officer, “but we should be aware of sun and heat exposure risks and be prepared. When temperatures rise quickly there are numerous health issues that can arise. “The best way to stay safe during the summer is to be aware of potential harmful situations, and take steps to protect oneself and one’s family.”
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May 19, 2009
Sections of Washoe County will be treated for mosquitoes every other Thursday, starting May 21st and continuing through September.
May 4, 2009
Teen Pregnancy Committee Promotes National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Apr 2, 2009
Events take place throughout the month of April
Mar 31, 2009
Four illnesses in Northern Nevada linked to source of outbreak
Mar 19, 2009
The Washoe County Health District Celebrates “National Nutrition Month®”
Mar 13, 2009
Denis Humphreys, O.D., has been elected for a two-year term as chair of the Washoe County District Board of Health.
Feb 25, 2009
The early March winds are helping clear out any smoke from wood burning stoves and fireplaces and the Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) has suspended the Green, Yellow, Red Wood Burning and Better Air Guide for this wood burning season.
Dec 23, 2008
The Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) has received a report of the first culture-confirmed case of seasonal influenza in Washoe County.
Dec 12, 2008
The economy is in recession. Home foreclosures are at an all-time high. The jobless rate is climbing steadily and…the holidays are here. It is no wonder that social services and health experts are predicting that Christmas 2008 will go down as one of the most stressful holidays on record. With that stress are increased numbers of child abuse incidents and reports.
The Washoe County Health District is announcing that the Vital Statistics Office will be closed from December 18th through December 26th, due to a staff shortage.
Dec 3, 2008
In honor of the second anniversary of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act, the 2008 Extra Mile Awards (EMAs), which are the first of their kind in Nevada’s history, will be awarded to the following Northern Nevada businesses for voluntarily expanding the smoking ban at their facilities...
Nov 21, 2008
Obtaining birth and death certificates for Washoe County residents will be restricted to a Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 8 AM to 12:45 PM and 2 PM to 4:30 PM schedule until further notice.
Nov 18, 2008
Childhood overweight and obesity is a national concern and, for the first time ever, local data has been collected on Washoe County kids and presented in the EPI Newsletter of the Washoe County Health District. Unfortunately, our children are considered overweight or obese in greater rates than the national average.
Oct 29, 2008
On November 1st, the 22nd year of the Green, Yellow, Red Wood Burning and Better Air Guide will begin. For those residents trying to save on heating costs by using wood stoves and fireplaces this winter, paying attention to the daily color code will be crucial.
Oct 3, 2008
The Washoe County Health District announced this week that the number of cases of acute, or sudden, gastrointestinal illnesses in Washoe County recently has been on the rise. These are illnesses which affect the digestive system, last a relatively short period of time and can be transmitted easily from person to person.
Aug 29, 2008
The Washoe County Health District has received notification of the first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in a Washoe County resident, according to Bob Sack, Environmental Health Services (EHS) Division Director.
Aug 11, 2008
To assist parents in getting back-to-school shots for their children prior to the start of the new school year, three special immunization clinics have been added to the regular immunization schedule described in the July 11, 2008 press release.
Testing of pools of mosquitoes trapped at Damonte Ranch, have shown that West Nile Virus (WNV) has found its way to Washoe County this summer.
Jul 11, 2008
Avoid long lines and waiting times by making appointments now
Jul 3, 2008
Summer fun and the 4th of July are synonymous with time spent outdoors, barbeques and recreational water activities. In order to help ensure a healthy and happy holiday weekend the Washoe County Health District is offering a few simple safety tips.
Jul 2, 2008
The winds from the West and the huge number of fires that are continue to ravage Northern California are still causing air pollution problems for the Truckee Meadows. The Air Quality Index (AQI) for particulate matter (PM 2.5) has once again slowly climbed into the Unhealthful range, requiring a Stage I Air Quality Alert.
Jun 25, 2008
The fires that are ravaging California continue to cause major air pollution problems for the Truckee Meadows. The Air Quality Index (AQI) for particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5) continued to slowly climb throughout the morning. This afternoon, staff at the Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe District Health Department was amazed to see the concentration of both PM 10 and PM 2.5 continue to build. “Even in the wintertime when we regularly see higher levels of particulate matter, we see it level or drop off by late morning,” explained Andy Goodrich, Division Director for Air Quality Management. “No matter how you look at it, this air pollution event is entirely out of the ordinary for the Truckee Meadows.”
Jun 24, 2008
The Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) has issued a Stage One air pollution alert due to the elevated concentration of fine particulate matter, otherwise known as PM2.5, currently in the air. This increase, which indicates that local air quality is in the unhealthful range, is the result of winds blowing smoke from the numerous wildfires currently burning in northern California into the Washoe County region.
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May 20, 2008
Sections of Washoe County will be treated for mosquitoes every other Thursday, starting May 22nd and continuing through September.
May 7, 2008
Some of the sobering statistics about teen childbearing are as follows:
  • In the United States, one in three teenage girls becomes pregnant at least once before the age of 20.
  • More than 400,000 children are born to teen mothers in the United States each year.
  • Closer to home, there have been more than 48,000 births to teen mothers in Nevada between 1991 and 2004 (the most recent year for which statistics are available).
May 5, 2008
Celebrations of nurses who work in a variety of settings are occurring locally this week. Not widely known is that Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) employs more than 50 public health nurses...
Apr 30, 2008
Starting May 1, 2008, the Washoe County District Health Department’s Immunization Program will give shots by appointment only.
Apr 9, 2008
The years of hard work on the part of both the citizens of Washoe County and the Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department have brought us even closer to having clean air year-round, every year. On April 4, 2008, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Washoe County attainment status for carbon monoxide.
Mar 28, 2008
Seminar offered by national First Candle organization is part of local Child Abuse Prevention Month activities
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Several government and community child welfare agencies and organizations are collaborating to host events throughout Nevada designed to bring greater attention to the plight of abused and neglected children.
Feb 25, 2008
The Truckee Meadows may still be in store for more snow and cold weather, but March will bring enough wind to help clear out any smoke from wood burning stoves and fireplaces.
Feb 22, 2008
Annual flu season is in full swing, according to local health officials. And while increases in laboratory-confirmed flu cases and the number of people with influenza-like illness are expected this time of year, the Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) is seeing larger-than-expected numbers and continues to emphasize the importance of prevention.
Feb 14, 2008
Seek medical care immediately (call your doctor or go to an emergency room) if you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs below. When you arrive, tell the reception staff that you think you have the flu. You may be asked to wear a mask and/or sit in a separate area to protect others from getting sick.
Dec 21, 2007
In addition to being closed on December 25, 2007 for the Christmas holiday, the Washoe County Birth and Death Records Office also will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 26 due to a temporary staffing shortage.
Dec 13, 2007
District Health Officer Mary Anderson, M.D., M.P.H., declined a pay raise in conjunction with her annual performance evaluation, which was conducted at a public meeting held prior to today’s monthly District Board of Health meeting.
Dec 3, 2007
Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act celebrates one-year anniversary
Oct 15, 2007
Reno, NV. The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department, reports that the Green, Yellow, Red wood burning codes will start November 1st.
Oct 12, 2007
(Reno, NV)—It’s flu season once again and the numerous flu vaccination clinics being held locally include two on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at which flu shots will be given at no charge to those age six months and older, on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
Aug 8, 2007
Three different viruses that can cause illness in humans have been found in mosquitoes in Washoe County.
Jul 20, 2007
Special Saturday hours implemented to ease back-to-school rush!
Jul 12, 2007
Local programs are three of 29 nationwide to receive honors
Jul 5, 2007
In light of the local heat wave projected to last for the next week, Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) officials are reminding Washoe County residents and visitors that heat-related illnesses can be deadly and are urging people to take precautions to avoid them.
Protect Yourself against Heat-Related Illnesses!
Jun 18, 2007
Specimens taken from ill staff and students at Alice Smith Elementary School in Golden Valley last week have tested positive for norovirus, according to Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) officials.
Jun 14, 2007
As a result of notification of a higher-than-usual number of absences at Alice Smith Elementary School in Golden Valley, Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) and Washoe County School District (WCSD) officials are working together to pinpoint the cause of the illness and provide tips for school students, school staff and families to use to prevent further spread of sickness.
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May 31, 2007
Washoe County health officials and businesses are celebrating six months of clean indoor air. Join them on June 8, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Cantina Los Tres Hombres on Victorian Square in Sparks to mark the six-month anniversary of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act (NCIAA).
May 17, 2007
You’re walking through a local park and while that tamale or fresh-scooped ice cream cone may look tempting, you may be looking at a food-borne illness waiting to happen! The Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) is reminding the public that all food vendors must be inspected and approved by the Environmental Health Services Division every summer.
May 3, 2007
LEARN HOW TO SAVE MONEY, DRIVE PAST THE GAS PUMPS AND HELP CLEAN THE AIR
May 2, 2007
One Light, One Life - A candlelight memorial service honoring friends and family infected and affected by HIV/AIDS will be held Saturday, May 12, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church on First and West Streets in Reno, 209 W. First Street.
May 1, 2007
The sixth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy takes place on May 2, 2007. The purpose of the National Day is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding teen pregnancy and other serious consequences of sex.
Mar 29, 2007
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Activities in Reno will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2, with a special gathering of child abuse prevention advocates and government officials on the historic Washoe County Courthouse steps.
Mar 28, 2007
Fun, Educational Events Available in Washoe County
Mar 22, 2007
Tuberculosis still presents significant health threat locally and worldwide
Mar 16, 2007
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe District Health Department along with the Nevada Small Business Development Center’s Business Environmental Program are teaming up to offer cash rebates on the purchase of EPA certified wood, pellet and gas stoves.
Feb 21, 2007
It`s been 20 winter seasons since the woodburning program went into effect and because of both media and public participation, it has really helped keep our air cleaner during winter months.
Jan 9, 2007
The Air Quality Management Division of the District Health Department is celebrating January as National Radon Action Month. Your District Health Department along with the Nevada State Health Division Radiological Office and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging people to test their homes.
Dec 11, 2006
At midnight on Friday, December 8th, the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act became statewide law.
Dec 8, 2006
In response to inquiries about the implementation and enforcement of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act (NCIAA), the Washoe County District Health Department provides the following points of clarification:
Nov 17, 2006
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Washoe County District Health Department reminds consumers about the importance of safe food handling to prevent food borne illness.
Nov 3, 2006
The Washoe County District Health Department will begin offering flu shots to high risk clients on Monday, November 6, according to health officials.
Oct 19, 2006
Please join in the celebration!
Oct 3, 2006
Community immunizations begin Saturday, October 7, 2006
Sep 28, 2006
Results on all three local, suspected cases are negative
Sep 21, 2006
Subheader that Judy uses here
Sep 8, 2006
Numerous new measures now in place to protect the health of the community
Aug 18, 2006
The Washoe County District Health Department has received notification of more positive mosquito pools in Washoe Valley and at the Lazy 5 Regional Park. “The District Health Department is reminding the residents of Washoe County to continue to take personal precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes,” stated Scott Monsen, Supervisor of the Vector Borne Disease Program.
Aug 14, 2006
Many children will need immunizations up-dated before school starts. So to accommodate the demand for shots before classes begin, the District Health Department is extending business hours for immunizations. Beginning August 14, the clinic will remain open until 7 p.m. through September 6, except Friday, September 1.
Jul 27, 2006
The Washoe County District Health Department has received notification of the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in a Washoe County resident, according to Bob Sack, Environmental Health Services (EHS) Division Director. The resident who is over the age of 50 has the milder form, West Nile Fever, and has not been hospitalized. “The District Health Department is reminding the residents of Washoe County to continue to take personal precautions, especially with temperatures remaining high, which provides enhanced mosquito breeding,” Sack stated.
Jul 20, 2006
A delegation of Russian public health administrators, policy makers and clinicians will visit the Washoe County District Health Department on Friday, July 21, 2006, as part of the Open World professional international exchange program.
Jun 30, 2006
Many children will need immunizations updated before school starts, so District Health Officer Dr. Mary Anderson advises parents to bring their children in now and not to wait until just before school starts. “Right now the immunization clinic at the Health Department and private doctors’ offices are much less busy. Things will get much busier closer to the start of school and waits can exceed three hours,” said Anderson.
Jun 27, 2006
The Washoe County District Health Department, Air Quality Management Division, reports the Air Quality Index in the good to moderate range in spite of wildfires. Smoke from the fires is causing slight elevations in this index but remain well within moderate levels. Levels can vary depending upon the time of day and your location.
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May 16, 2006
Sections of Washoe County will be treated for mosquitoes every other Wednesday, starting May 17th and continuing through October. Application will begin at 6:30 a.m., weather permitting. Geographic areas to be covered include west and south Washoe Valley, Rosewood Lakes, Bella Vista ranch, Double Diamond and Damonte ranch (south meadows area), Stead, Lemmon Valley and Spanish Springs Valley. The application is restricted to wetlands areas only. Residential neighborhoods are not affected.
May 8, 2006
Did you know that May is National Clean Air month? You are invited to join us on Sunday, May 21st from 10AM to 3PM at the Trader Joes Community Market to celebrate clean air in the Truckee Meadows.
May 4, 2006
The Washoe County District Health Department is leading the way in county-wide pandemic influenza preparation efforts by hosting “Local Pandemic Influenza Planning: What Community Leaders Need to Know” on Tuesday, May 9, 2006 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Harrah’s Reno Convention Center.
“Local Pandemic Influenza Planning: What Community Leaders Need to Know” schedule
May 3, 2006
You’re walking through a local park and while that hot dog or fresh-scooped ice cream cone may look tempting, you may be looking at a food-borne illness waiting to happen! The Washoe County District Health Department (WCDHD) is reminding the public that all food vendors must be inspected and approved by the Environmental Health Services Division every summer.
Apr 5, 2006
Beginning April 5, 2006, Washoe County is joining more than 25 communities across the nation collecting 1,200 pairs of shoes to symbolize the 1,200 people who die every day in the United States from tobacco and secondhand smoke – that’s one person every 72 seconds!
Apr 4, 2006
In conjunction with National Public Health Week, which continues through April 9, 2006, and in keeping with its mission of providing health promotion, disease prevention, public health emergency preparedness and environmental services, the Washoe County District Health Department provides the following summary of its recent contributions to the community.
Apr 3, 2006
April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, a time to focus on the protection and care of our most vulnerable and trusting community members, our children. This year several state and local agencies across Nevada are involved in initiatives aimed at raising the public’s awareness of child abuse.
Mar 24, 2006
Tuberculosis still presents significant health threat locally and worldwide
Mar 13, 2006
It`s been 19 winter seasons since the wood burning program was placed into effect and because of both media and public participation, it has really helped keep our air cleaner during winter months.
Jan 13, 2006
The Air Quality Management Division of the District Health Department in partnership with the American Lung Association invites the public to the following FREE Radon Awareness classes:
  • January 24, 6-7pm - Spanish Springs Library
  • January 25, 6-7pm - Northwest Reno Library
  • January 26, 6-7pm - South Valleys Library
  • February 7, 6:30-7:15pm - North Valleys Library
Dec 30, 2005
Flu has definitely arrived in Washoe County, especially during the holiday break. According to local emergency rooms, testing facilities and local physicians, hundreds of people have recently been seen for flu-like symptoms. It is not too late for the flu vaccine to provide protection this season.
Dec 14, 2005
The first confirmed cases of seasonal influenza have been reported in Washoe County. But it’s not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.
Nov 21, 2005
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Washoe County District Health Department reminds consumers about the importance of safe food handling to prevent foodborne illness.
Nov 9, 2005
The Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition announced today that some community flu shot clinic schedules are being revised, as some flu shot providers have not yet received their vaccine.
Nov 4, 2005
The District Board of Health approved the 2004/2005 Annual Report at the October 27th Board of Health meeting. This report is significant as the last one by former Health Officer, Barbara Hunt who retired in August of this year plus many important accomplishments are highlighted in the areas of Assessment, Policy Development, and Assurance.
Oct 18, 2005
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department, reports that the Green, Yellow, Red woodburning codes will start November 1st.
Oct 5, 2005
It’s flu shot season once again, and the Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition has scheduled dozens of immunization clinics throughout the area to protect area residents from the flu.
Oct 3, 2005
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe County District Health Department continues to work toward a redesignation from a non-attainment area to an attainment area for carbon monoxide (CO). What does this mean? In the past thirty years, significant progress has been made in the quest to improve air quality.
Sep 29, 2005
As temperatures in the Truckee Meadows begin to cool down, the local bat population begins its annual migration to locations where food (primarily bugs) remains plentiful. According to Scott Monsen, Program Manager of the Vector Borne Diseases Program, this is also the time of year that the District Health Department (DHD) staff finds several dead or dying bats.
Sep 23, 2005
The Washoe County District Health Department has been advised that persons from the Truckee Meadows area who attended the Global Gaming Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center the week of September 12, 2005 might have been exposed to hepatitis A through an infected individual working at the conference.
Sep 13, 2005
As self-evacuees from Hurricane Katrina continue to arrive in northern Nevada individually or with small family groups, local agencies are continuing to partner to ensure the evacuees have access to services needed to help them get back on their feet.
Sep 12, 2005
Although Reno is now unlikely to receive a large group of Hurricane Katrina evacuees from nationally organized efforts, smaller groups of self-evacuees already have arrived in Reno, and local organizations remain ready to help them.
Sep 2, 2005
The Washoe County District Health Department has received notification of the first human case of West Nile Virus infection in a Washoe County resident under the age of 50, according to Michelle Kling, Acting District Health Officer. “The District Health Department is reminding the residents of Washoe County to continue to take personal precautions, even though temperatures are dropping,” Kling stated.
Aug 12, 2005
The community has done an excellent job of calling the Washoe District Health Department to report birds that may have died from West Nile Virus (WNV). According to Scott Monsen, Program Manager for the Vector Borne Disease Program, “We know that West Nile Virus has made its way into the mosquito and bird population in Washoe County, and we are going to increase our already extensive control measures to continue killing the mosquito populations.”
Aug 3, 2005
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe District Health Department along with the Nevada Small Business Development Center’s Business Environmental Program invite the media to the following:
Aug 2, 2005
Three dead birds collected in Washoe County have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). One robin and one dove tested positive in ZIP code area 89509, in Southwest Reno, and one dove in Sun Valley, ZIP code 89433 also tested positive.
Jul 27, 2005
Testing of a pool of mosquitoes trapped at the Lazy 5 Ranch, off the Pyramid Highway, has shown that West Nile Virus (WNV) has found its way to Washoe County this summer. Other locations in Nevada have also seen the appearance of the virus, and the Washoe District Health Department is urging residents of our county to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.
Jul 12, 2005
The District Board of Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Anderson, MD, has accepted the position of Washoe County District Health Officer effective September 2005.
Washoe County District Health Department officials have announced the inauguration of a new interactive website to respond to the growing rates of chronic disease in northern Nevada. The new community-focused website, www.gethealthywashoe.com will premier on Thursday, July 14, from 11am to 11:30am, in the South Auditorium of the Washoe County District Health Department, 1001 East 9th St., Building B.
Jun 29, 2005
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe District Health Department along with the Nevada Small Business Development Center’s Business Environmental Program want to remind everyone that the cash rebates on the purchase of EPA certified woodstoves and pellet stoves are still available but when the dollars designated for this product are gone, they are gone! As a reminder, Washoe County residents that have a woodstove or pellet stove manufactured before 1992 may qualify to receive up to $500 as a rebate on the purchase of a stove from participating retailers (listed below).
Jun 15, 2005
The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe District Health Department along with the Nevada Small Business Development Center’s Business Environmental Program are teaming up to offer cash rebates on the purchase of EPA certified woodstoves and pellet stoves. Washoe County residents that have a woodstove or pellet stove manufactured before 1992 may qualify to receive up to $500 as a rebate on the purchase of a stove from participating retailers (listed below).
Jun 1, 2005
With advertising, collection barrels and hard work, the Washoe District Health Department is close to reaching the goal of collecting 5000 pairs of old athletic shoes for the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program. Shoes collected nation-wide are ground up and turned into running tracks, field turf for football and soccer, and matting for use under basketball floors.
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May 31, 2005
Mosquito season is just beginning, which could also mean the beginning of West Nile Virus (WNV) season. As a means to protect the residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, sections of the county will be treated for mosquitoes on Wednesday June 1st, beginning at 6:30 a.m., weather permitting. Geographic areas to be covered include west and south Washoe Valley, Rosewood Lakes, Bella Vista ranch, Double Diamond and Damonte ranch (south meadows area), Stead, Lemmon Valley and Spanish Springs Valley. The application is restricted to wetlands areas only. Residential neighborhoods are not affected. Applications will take place every other week throughout the summer (June dates include the 1st, the 15th and the 29th).
May 17, 2005
Mosquito season is just beginning, which could also mean the beginning of West Nile Virus (WNV) season. As a means to protect the residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, sections of the county will be treated for mosquitoes on Wednesday May 18th, beginning at 6:30 a.m., weather permitting. Geographic areas to be covered include west and south Washoe Valley, Rosewood Lakes, Bella Vista ranch, Double Diamond and Damonte ranch (south meadows area), Stead, Lemmon Valley and Spanish Springs Valley. The application is restricted to wetlands areas only. Residential neighborhoods are not affected. Applications will take place every other week throughout the summer.
May 6, 2005
Did you know that May is National Clean Air month? You are invited to join us on Sunday, May 22nd from 10AM to 3PM at the Trader Joes Community Market to celebrate clean air in the Truckee Meadows.
May 2, 2005
Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you can make your own organic soil to plant houseplants, gardens or even a tub of tomatoes on the deck. And if you’ve tried to garden in Northern Nevada, you know that the clay soil here can use all the help it can get! Come learn all of the ins and outs of home composting and its many uses on Saturday, May 7, 2005 at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno. It’s clean and much easier that you think.
Apr 21, 2005
The Washoe District Health Department reports that norovirus appears to be once again circulating in the community. Norovirus is a common cause of gastrointestinal illness, and has caused several large epidemics in Washoe County in recent years. Laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported from the community in the past few weeks.
Jan 31, 2005
The Washoe County District Health Department announced that all previous restrictions on the flu vaccine in the county have been lifted. This is an effort to make certain all vaccine available in Washoe County is utilized. The general public, including all children six months of age and older are now free to receive a flu shot if they choose to.
Jan 14, 2005
The District Health Officer, Barbara Hunt has issued a RED woodburning ban for the Reno Sparks area today due to unhealthful air quality levels.
Jan 13, 2005
The Washoe County District Health Department recently investigated an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness associated with the Sushi Pier 2 restaurant in Reno.
Temperature inversions and dusty streets are causing air pollution levels to increase today. The Washoe District Health Department, Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) has issued a "YELLOW" advisory for wood burning, which asks residents of the Truckee Meadows not to use fireplaces or wood stoves unless it`s absolutely necessary.

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