The Chesapeake Health District is dedicated to preventing illness, promoting healthy lifestyles and protecting the environment for all the citizens of Chesapeake.
For reporting a public health emergency, such as a reportable disease or environmental public health hazard, after normal business hours, on holidays or weekends, please contact police dispatch at (757) 382-6161.
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The Chesapeake Health Department is notifying the public that a cat, which aggressively chased and bit at least one person has tested positive for rabies. This situation occurred in the industrial section near 900 block of Executive Court in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake on August 23rd. This cat has been captured and is no longer a threat; however there are numerous feral cats and animals in this area that may also have been exposed. If you or anyone you know has been bitten or scratched by ANY cat or animal in this area, please call the Chesapeake Health Department at (757) 382-8672 or the Chesapeake Animal Control at (757) 382-8080 as soon as possible.
Exposure of humans to rabies occurs when the saliva of an infected animal enters the body through an open wound or mucous membrane, such as with an animal bite or scratch. An animal exposure is a serious medical event, for which prompt evaluation and complete treatment is critical. Rabies is highly preventable if vaccine is given early and as recommended. Once symptoms present there is no cure and the disease is fatal in 100% of cases. The disease is also fatal in infected domestic dogs and cats that have not been vaccinated.
The Health Director strongly emphasizes the following recommendations for Chesapeake residents to take in protecting their families and their pets from rabies:
For more information on rabies contact the Chesapeake Health Department at (757) 382-8672 or Animal Control at (757) 382-8080 or log onto Virginia Department of Health's website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Epidemiology/DEE/Rabies/ or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/default.htm
You never outgrow the need for vaccines. The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Check out the CDC's webpage with Immunization Schedules for Adults at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/adult.html
Asian Tiger Mosquitoes like to live in people's yards and lay their eggs in standing water. Make sure your yard is safe by having an adult check for standing water each week. For more help, call Mosquito Control - thery're here to help!
Please be sure to visit VDH's ZIKA website for the most current information on ZIKA at www.ZikaVA.org
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Please visit this link for additional informational videos on ZIKA: https://www.youtube.com/user/MyVDH1
For ZIKA Travel Information please visit the CDC at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information
Healthy Chesapeake is committed to building a culture of wellness that supports, sustains and advocates for a healthier Chesapeake. Working together we can advocate for a healthier Chesapeake where people live, learn, play, work and worship.
This is a great time to remind everyone how to reduce the spread of colds, flu and other infectious diseases and help ensure the health of your employees and your business. Help spread the word, not the germs! Please download and distribute the flyer as you wish. Click here for the PDF format, or click here for the Publisher format to customize it to suit your needs.