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July 25, 2018

Health Advisory Issued for Eagle Island State Park Water Recreation Area; Harmful Algae Confirmed
Update: Cleared to re-openen on Aug. 3, 2018

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Central District Health Department (CDHD) is issuing a health advisory due to the presence of a harmful algal bloom at Eagle Island State Park’s swimming and water recreation area. Recent samples taken indicate concentrations of toxin-producing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) present that may cause illness to humans and animals. Read More

July 16, 2018

Elmore County Cat Likely Died of Plague Infection

Laboratory tests indicate an Elmore County cat likely died from plague infection. The cat was feral, but recently had been cared for by an Elmore County family as an outdoor cat. The cat had known contact with ground squirrels, also known as “whistle pigs,” before passing. Family members are being treated with antibiotics as a precaution. Read More

July 16, 2018

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Elmore County

A single pool of West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes has been identified in Hammett, located southeast of Mountain Home. The Elmore County Mosquito Abatement District has treated the area, and additional mosquito testing will happen this week. Throughout Elmore County this time of year, mosquito traps are set and collected mosquitoes are tested weekly. Read More

June 26, 2018

Elmore County Cat Recovering from Plague Infection

Laboratory tests indicate an Elmore County cat was infected with plague. The cat had recent contact with a rodent, which may have been a ground squirrel, or “whistle pig,” before becoming ill. The cat was treated promptly by a veterinarian and is recovering. No additional pets or people are ill. Read More

June 23, 2018

Health Advisory Issued for Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County

Central District Health Department (CDHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), have issued a health advisory for Little Camas Reservoir in Elmore County, due to the presence of blue-green algae. The reservoir is located northeast of Mountain Home off of Highway 20. People are urged to avoid recreating in or near the water. Read More

June 12, 2018

Elmore County Child Recovering After Plague Infection

Plague was confirmed this week in an Elmore County child. The child is recovering after receiving antibiotic treatment. “Plague is spread to humans through a bite from an infected flea. People can decrease their risk by treating their pets for fleas and avoiding contact with wildlife,” said Sarah Correll, D.V.M., Central District Health Department epidemiologist. “Wear insect repellant, long pants and socks when visiting plague affected areas.” Read More

June 18, 2018

Idaho WIC Makes Annual Adjustment to Income Guidelines

Idaho’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will implement new income guidelines effective July 1, 2018, that raise household income eligibility limits to help offset cost of living increases. This is an annual adjustment. Read More (link to Idaho Health & Welfare Blog)

April 23, 2018

Idahoans warned not to consume products containing kratom
because of Salmonella contamination

Idaho public health officials are warning Idahoans to avoid consumption of products that contain kratom because they could be contaminated with Salmonella. Read More

April 13, 2018

Idaho E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz.

Public health officials in Idaho are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections that are linked to a national outbreak affecting at least 10 other states. Read More

April 11, 2018

Idaho health agencies and EMS join Boise hospitals in national exercise to transport patients with highly infectious disease

State, local and national emergency personnel rehearsed moving patients with highly infectious disease in Boise today as part of the largest national preparedness exercise of its kind in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services history. Read More

March 1, 2018

Whooping Cough Cases High Throughout Treasure Valley; Public Health Urges Awareness

Reports of pertussis (whooping cough) are on the rise in Ada and Canyon counties. Over the past four months, 89 cases have been reported—70 of those cases include Ada County residents, while 19 are Canyon County residents. Whooping cough is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be life-threatening for infants and small children. Read More

January 2, 2018

Number of flu-related deaths in Idaho jumps to 13

Idaho is seeing more influenza-related deaths at this point in the season than in the same timeframe in the previous seven seasons, and public health officials are concerned. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has received five new reports in one week of Idahoans who died from an influenza-related illness, bringing the season total to 13 deaths. Read More

December 5, 2017

Meg FitzMaurice Hired as Family Nurse Practitioner at CDHD’s Valley County Office

Megan (Meg) FitzMaurice has joined Central District Health Department (CDHD) as the new Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) for Valley County. Meg will oversee preventive health services for the clinic and provide patient care, which currently includes reproductive health care appointments and children’s immunizations. FitzMaurice will also provide community outreach and education for CDHD. Read More

November 21, 2017

Ada County Man Dies of Flu--related Illness

An Ada County man over the age of 50 has died from an influenza-related illness, making it the second flu-related death in Idaho this season. Last flu season, 23 Ada residents within Central District Health’s (CDHD) jurisdiction of Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties died of flu-related illness, and 72 people died statewide. Read More

November 20, 2017

Know Your Status: CDHD Offers Free Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing During Month of December

During the month of December, the Central District Health Department (CDHD) is encouraging people to know their sexual health status by getting tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). December 1st through the 29th, CDHD will offer free STI testing by appointment at its clinics in Boise, Mountain Home and McCall. Read More

October 3, 2017

Flu Season Arrives Early in Idaho

Flu season has arrived in Idaho, taking the life of a northern Idaho man over the age of 50. This could be an indication of an early flu season.
News Release from Panhandle Health District
Blog Post from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

September 22, 2017

Health Advisory Issued for Blacks Creek Reservior in Ada County

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Central District Health Department (CDHD) is issuing a health advisory for Blacks Creek Reservoir, located southeast of Boise off of I-84 and Kuna Mora Rd in Ada County. Residents are urged to use caution when recreating or hunting with dogs in or near the water. Read More

August 29, 2017

Ada County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A bat found in Ada County tested positive for rabies, making it the first rabid bat discovery in the county this season. The bat was brought inside of an Eagle area home by a family cat. While the cat had contact with the bat, the homeowner did not have any exposure to the infected bat. Read More

Related: Valley County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies (8/17/2017)

August 22, 2017

Human West Nile Virus Case Reported in Ada County

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is reporting a positive case of West Nile virus (WNV) in an Ada County woman over the age of 65. The woman, who lives in Southeast Boise, is recovering at home. This is the second confirmed human case of WNV in Idaho this year. Read More

August 17, 2017

Valley County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies; Public Health Urges Precautions

A bat found inside of a Valley County home tested positive for rabies. Both the homeowner and cat had contact with the bat, which they were able to trap and submit for testing. The person is currently undergoing the rabies-preventing therapy, and the family cat was given a rabies booster vaccination. Read More

August 11, 2017

West Nile Virus Positive Mosquitoes Found in Elmore County

Multiple positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito pools were identified this week in Elmore County. The positive pools were located in the areas of Canyon Creek Street, Hamilton Road, and East 6th Street/South 18th East Street in Mountain Home, Three Island Crossing State Park in Glenns Ferry and King Hill outside of Glenns Ferry. Elmore County is part of the growing list of Idaho counties reporting mosquitoes testing positive for WNV. Read More

August 8, 2017

CDHD Offering Back-to-School Immunization Clinics in Boise

With a new school year getting underway soon in most Treasure Valley districts, it’s the perfect time to get kids up-to-date on their immunizations. The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is offering immunization clinics this month for kids through age 18, with evening appointments available. Read More

August 3, 2017

From our Partners in Public Health: First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Kootenai County

Idaho’s first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) infection for 2017 has been confirmed in a Kootenai County resident. The resident, over the age of 50, is recovering from West Nile neuroinvasive disease. Read More

July 31, 2017

CDHD Publishes FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

The strategic plan is a living document and focuses on goals and objectives for fiscal years 2018 through 2022. Read More 

July 18, 2017

Health Advisory Issued for Little Camas Reservoir

In cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Central District Health Department (CDHD) is issuing a health advisory for Little Camas Reservoir, located northeast of Mountain Home off of Highway 20 in Elmore County. Residents are urged to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Full News Release | 9/22/2017 UPDATE: Health Advisory Lifted for Little Camas Reservoir

July 14, 2017

West Nile Virus Found in Ada County Mosquitoes

Two mosquito traps in Ada County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Ada County Mosquito Abatement District. This is the first positive test for West Nile Virus in Ada County this year. Read More

July 7, 2017

Returning Home After Flooding

When returning to your home after a flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage and other harmful bacteria or chemicals. Areas where standing water has drained may contain contaminated soil or debris that can also pose a health hazard, increase risk of respiratory or skin infections. Read More

March 1, 2017

fruit icon March is National Nutrition Month

Put your Best Fork Foward in March. Helpful information for all ages HERE.

February 23, 2017

behavioral health Region 4 Behavioral Health Board Receives Grant

Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Grant to support local mental health training to benefit youth. Learn More

February 1, 2017

tooth icon February is National Children's Dental Health Month

CDHD offers a cavity-prevention clinic for young children, from their first tooth to age 3. Call us at 327-7450 or click HERE for more information.

February 10, 2017

calendar icon Offices Closed Monday, Feb. 20 for Presidents Day

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 21

February 5, 2017

board icon Board of Health to Meet Friday, Feb. 10

View the agenda

January 27, 2017

Upcoming Amen Free Clinic Recruiting Volunteers

Are you a medical provider looking to give back to the community? Or are you someone who would like to be involved in your community? Consider volunteering with the Amen Clinic in April. The 3-day free medical, dental, and vision clinic at Expo Idaho runs Tuesday, April 18th through Thursday, April 20th. Learn more about volunteer opportunities, HERE.

January 26, 2017

calendar icon Walk-In HPV Vaccine Clinic at CDHD in Boise

Thursday, February 9 | 9 am to 5 pm
No Appointment Needed! Most insurance can be billed and a sliding fee pay scale is available. Call 327-7400 for more information. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses linked to multiple types of cancer and other diseases. Learn more about HPV, the vaccine to protect preteens, teens, young women through age 26, and young men through age 21.

January 12, 2017

calendar icon CDHD Offices Closed on Monday, January 16

Central District Health's offices will be closed on Monday, January 16 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day / Idaho Human Rights Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 17.

January 6, 2017

snowflake iconPlan for Home and Vehicle Winter Emergencies

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults.

Read More HERE
Related: Ada County Declares Local Disaster Emergency for Hazardous Winter Weather

December 22, 2016

WIC Appointments Now Available on Boise Bench

CDHD has partnered with Terry Reilly to offer Women, Infants and Children (WIC) appointments every Tuesday at the new clinic, located at 848 La Cassia Street, on Boise's Bench. Call CDHD today to schedule! 327-7488

November 1, 2016

CDHD Has Flu Vaccine for Kids

Help protect your kids this winter by getting them the flu shot. CDHD offers vaccines to children from birth through 18. Call today to make an appointment. 327-7400

Zika Virus Information

Zika virus is spread to people mostly through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Learn More HERE

Spring/Summer Newsletter Has Arrived

In this edition of the Public Health Informer:

  • Zika Virus: Common Questions & Answers
  • What is CDHD and What Do We Do?
  • New WIC Clinic Locations Prove Successful
  • And more! Click HERE to read