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The Lawrence County Health Department invites the community to participate in a community forum to address the development of a Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange Program in Lawrence County.
This meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 31 at 6 pm at the Lawrence County Court House, 122 South Main Cross Street, Louisa, Kentucky. Participating panelists include Dr. Tom Frazier of Three Rivers Gastroenterology; Tim Robinson, CEO, Addiction Recovery Care; Maria Hardy, Public Health Director, Ashland-Boyd County Health Department. Following panelist presentations there will be a question and answer session.
"...Mr. Klein asked for a follow up for today. I want to supply the information to all of you.
At Louisa East, we had 2 additional students today that had symptoms that were like the students from yesterday. We also had 2 students that went home yesterday that returned today, but were still were having symptoms. Those two students went home also.
Finally, we had 4 other students that went home that our school nurse felt were ill for other reasons.
We are very thankful that the Lawrence County Board of Education made it a priority to fund school nurses. Their work has been very valuable in providing care for all our students, as well as managing the medications and illnesses that occur everyday. We will continue our sanitizing process again tonight.
Mrs. Prince and her staff have kept us "up-to-date" and have also done a great job caring for our students."
Robbie L. Fletcher, EdD
Superintendent, Lawrence County Schools
JANUARY 26, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN
First it was the school children getting a mysterious rash outbreak in the Louisa East Building in the last few days. Now there is also an illness sweeping the dogs at the Lawrence County animal shelter.
Volunteer workers with the Lawrence County Humane Society say they are urgently in need of financial help from the local community.
Several puppies at the shelter have broken out with the parvo virus over the past week. These sick dogs are being treated but money is needed for the veterinarian bills that the animal shelter will incur with the extensive treatment that the dogs will need to get them back to health.
The Canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV2, colloquially parvo) is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs, and thought to originate in cats. The current consensus is that the feline panleukopenia mutated into CPV2. Parvo is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases. Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalization. Canine parvovirus may infect other mammals; however, it will not infect humans
Canine parvovirus is a particularly deadly disease among young puppies, about 80% fatal, causing gastrointestinal tract damage and dehydration as well as a cardiac syndrome in very young animals. It is spread by contact with an infected dog's feces. Symptoms include lethargy, severe diarrhea, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and dehydration. Dogs, cats and swine can be vaccinated against parvovirus.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017 -- Small, rural counties are leading the way in establishing syringe exchanges to prevent outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C among intravenous drug users in Kentucky, according to a top state drug official.
Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, spoke with Mary Meehan of Ohio Valley ReSource, a regional journalism collaborative of public broadcasters in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. He cited Powell County, in the Appalachian foothills east of Lexington, as an example of rural counties that are changing the perception of how addiction is perceived in the state, shifting the focus toward treatment and public health initiatives and away from the criminal justice system.
So far, syringe exchanges have been approved in 25 of the state's 120 counties; several others are having debates like the one that went on in Powell County, population 13,000, reports Melissa Patrick of Kentucky Health News.
In nearby and much larger Madison County, the Board of Health supports a syringe exchange, but was met with "mixed feelings" about the program at a county Fiscal Court meeting, with some members concerned that the program condoned IV drug use, Ricki Barker reports for The Richmond Register. The county will host several forums to educate local citizens about the cost and benefits of the program and answer any questions that the public may have about it. Health officials told Barker that the department sees about eight to 10 patients a day with hepatitis C.
In Powell County, physician assistant Troy Brooks initially opposed a syringe exchange. "He said it seemed like a way to let addicts keep using their drug of choice without consequence," Meehan reports. But then local police showed him how bad the problems is by taking him to the playground in Clay City, where they collected 41 dirty needles, and he saw the need to protect children and first responders.
Six of the 25 syringe exchanges approved so far aren't operational yet. Thirteen are in counties deemed most vulnerable counties by the federal Centers for Disease Control, which identified 54 Kentucky counties as among the 220 most vulnerable in the nation to a rapid spread of HIV and hepatitis C infection among IV drug users.
Written by Al Cross Posted at 1/16/2017 10:19:00 AM