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2 years 7 months ago

Risks of illegal tattoo operations

Last night News 5 reported the story of a La Junta woman who allegedly gives tattoos to minors out of her trailer park home. Today we followed up by speaking with local Health Department officials, who explained why the law says unsupervised tattoo practices are so dangerous. The Colorado...

2 years 7 months ago

Street foods: tasty, but safe?

Sometimes you find the best tasting food in the least likely places- like from street vendors. But some of that food is prepared at home in unlicensed kitchens, which could pose a risk to your health. The Health Department inspects licensed eateries twice yearly, checking everything from temperature control...

3 years 9 months ago

Flu season is here

The El Paso County Health Department says all indications show the spread of influenza is underway. Locally six people have been hospitalized, and more and more lab tests are coming back with positive results for the illness. Dr. Bernadette Albanese, the health department's medical director, says it's going to...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Third Pueblo skunk tests positive for rabies

A third skunk in Pueblo has tested positive for rabies. The Pueblo City-County Health Department say the latest skunk was found on the Eastside. A spokesperson with the health department did not have an exact location. "This increases the chance rabies will spread to people and pets," stated Dr. Christine...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Second rabid skunk found in Pueblo

A skunk has tested positive for rabies in Pueblo, this time in the Belmont neighborhood. This is the second rabid skunk to be identified in Pueblo in the past month. The first skunk was on the far southside of the city. Shylo Dennison, Public Information Officer for the...

4 years 1 month ago

Old health department comes crumbling down

It's the final chapter for a historic building in Downtown Pueblo. On Tuesday demolition crews tore down the old health department building on Central Main St. The building was built in 1956. The Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority says this space will temporarily be used as a parking lot and eventually...

4 years 1 month ago

Local farmer: Egg scare opens consumers eyes

One of the countries favorite foods is making thousands of Americans sick. "This recall is huge." explains Dr. Bernadette Albanese with the El Paso County Health Department, "You're talking almost a half billion eggs being recalled." Eggs tainted with salmonella have been linked to a farm in Iowa which distributes...

4 years 3 months ago

West Nile Virus confirmed in Pueblo

Pueblo's first case of West Nile Virus this year has been confirmed, according to Sarah Bruestle of the Pueblo City/County Health Department. The patient, who had to be hospitalized, is now home and expected to fully recover. West Nile Virus is transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Symptoms...

4 years 3 months ago

Containing the Pueblo plague

The Pueblo City County Health Department has started work to contain the plague, which has hit the southwestern part of pueblo. Workers began placing insecticide dust in each prairie dog burrow on the southwest side of town, near Galbreth Rd. and highway 78 Tuesday. A prairie dog from the...

4 years 4 months ago

County mulls move to old Intel building

El Paso County Commissioners are considering a $50 million consolidation project that would relocate several of their offices into one central building.  Should the Sustainable Facilities plan be approved, a vacant office building at the former Intel Processor Plant on Garden of the Gods Road could house the Health...

4 years 6 months ago

Swine flu vaccine may go to waste

The Tarrant County, Texas Health Department is scrambling to administer 20,000 swine flu shots in the next two weeks as demand for the vaccines has plummeted nationwide. "At the end of the month they'll expire, and we'll have to throw them out," said health department spokesman Marc Flake. ...

4 years 9 months ago

Swine flu tougher on diabetics, asthmatics

Swine flu is tougher on patients who also suffer from diabetes and asthma, according to the state health department. Ned Calonge, chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said, "Colorado is a state with high asthma and diabetes rates, especially among the Latino and...

4 years 11 months ago

Preventive maintenance in Pueblo

The Center for Disease Control has released the latest numbers. 19 deaths from H1N1 were reported in children last week alone - making it the deadliest week for kids since the outbreak started. More than two-thirds of the deaths are in kids who have underlying health conditions. Experts...

5 years 1 month ago

H1N1 Virus Call-in night at News First 5

Experts from the El Paso County Health Department and Pueblo City-County Health Department will be on hand Tuesday night (September 8) to answer your questions about the H1N1 flu virus. The phone numbers are 632-5030 in Colorado Springs and 544-5781 in Pueblo. Have your questions ready between the hours...

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