Sadly, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District recently confirmed the death of one individual associated with West Nile Virus. Details about the McLennan County male patient are not being released at this time for privacy.
The Health District urges residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the serious diseases they can carry. Although the weather is beginning to cool, there is still a risk for West Nile Virus. Mosquito season will continue for at least another two months. It is important to use insect repellant during outdoor activities, especially in the morning and evening.
At the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, we recognize the importance of proper disposal of sharps and medications for residents and for the environment. We do not offer services to aid in the disposal of syringes; however, safe disposal of needles may be easier than you think. Click here for recommendations provided by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on how to dispose of medical waste.
Residents may also check with their prescribing physician for free sharps containers to aid in the storage of medical waste. Local pharmacies may also take back of any unused medication.
The 2016 Waco-McLennan County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was conducted through a funding partnership with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, Providence Healthcare Network, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest, and Baylor University Center for Community Research and Development.
The goal of the CHNA is to provide a comprehensive and unbiased profile of McLennan County, assess community health and risk factors, and identify access to care issues. The results will stimulate discussion and planning of projects to address health needs identified. Previous assessments have resulted in targeted health promotions and have supported numerous grant opportunities for the community.
Flu Activity Report for the week of September 18th - September 24th:
Influenza-like illness: 48 Flu A: 6 Flu B: 10 Non-Differentiated: 0