The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services has informed the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency of a new animal case of EEE in St. Joseph County. This brings the total number of known cases of EEE in St. Joseph county to four; all four in horses. To combat this disease, aerial spraying of insecticide has been completed in areas of the state where EEE cases have been confirmed.
Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind residents about the importance of preventative screening.
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in kicking off its seventh annual Septic Smart Week (September 16-20) to encourage homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems.
In 2017, 10.5% of Michigan high school students currently smoked cigarettes and 23% are current tobacco users including e-cigarettes. Data from the following year indicated a sharp increase in youth use of e-cigarettes in many Michigan counties. Each year 4,400 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers. 213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has notified the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency that as of August 21st two unvaccinated horses in St. Joseph County have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and both have died.
The Department of Environmental Quality has informed the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency that water sample results from the PFAS state-wide survey are starting to become available for water supplies in Branch, Hillsdale, and St. Joseph Counties.