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Most people get infected with West Nile virus by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals.In a very small number of cases, West Nile virus has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.
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The first thing to do if you are bitten by an animal is to wash the wound with soap and water for at least 15 minutes. If the animal is rabid this will help wash out some of the virus. Do this right away. Also make a note of what animal bit you, if it was acting strangely, and where the animal went. Then contact your healthcare provider, Tri-County Health Department, animal control and/or Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
If the animal that bit you is wildlife it can be captured and tested for rabies so you will know if you are at risk and need to be vaccinated for rabies. If the animal is a domestic animal or livestock it can be quarantined and watched to see if it becomes ill from rabies. Many people are bitten by animals each year, and very few of those animals are rabid. However, rabies is a very serious disease and you should consult with your local health department to see if they recommend rabies post-exposure prophylaxis for you.
You must complete and submit a Body Art Establishment License Application to Tri-County Health Department. A pre-opening inspection by Tri-County Health Department is required; any violations noted during the inspection must be corrected and all applicable fees must be paid prior to the approval of the license and operation of the establishment.
No. Child care centers are licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. However, these licensed child care facilities are required to have an inspection by the state or local health department and comply with the Regulations Governing the Health and Sanitation of Child Care Facilities in the State of Colorado prior to licensing and at least once every two years of operation.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) promotes breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice and supports mothers through many programs. Contact your local WIC office for more information on the following programs: free breastfeeding classes, Pump Loan Program, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program (español), and/or free breastfeeding counseling by specially trained staff including international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC).
Your family may qualify if you are a pregnant, breastfeeding, or a postpartum woman, have infants / children up to 5 years old and you live in Colorado. To qualify, you must also meet household income guidelines.
We offer low cost or no cost confidential services. Fees for birth control services and supplies are based on a sliding scale according to income level.
Appointments are available at several Tri-County offices. To schedule an appointment call 303-451-0123. Walk-in clinics are offered at select Tri-County offices.
We will have prospective intern meetings each fall, so please watch our website for more details. If you will be in the Denver area at another time, you may contact us to request an individual meeting. However, visiting Tri-County before you apply is completely optional. You are also encouraged to follow us on Facebook.
Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for several examples of how risk can be reduced. Lead can be in everyday items in your home. Old or imported items are more likely to have lead based finishes and paint in them. If you would like any of your household items tested for lead, contact Kayla Lesperance at 303 363 3030.
There are at least three methods available to test radon levels: 1) Tri-County Health Department has a radon meter that we can use to test the radon levels; or 2) You can purchase a radon test canister at your local hardware store; or 3) You can order a test kit online from the Kansas State University National Radon Program.
Acceptable items collected during the Household Chemical Roundup events include paint and paint products, motor oil, antifreeze, automotive fluids and fuels, vehicle batteries, household batteries, solvents, house and garden chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), cleaning supplies, items containing mercury, propane tanks, and passenger vehicle and pickup truck tires off the rim.
Household Chemical Roundup events cannot accept waste from businesses, and are not able to accept radioactive waste, smoke detectors, electronic waste of any kind, oil drums, asbestos, sharps/medical waste or explosives.
An OWTS permit is required for new installations, expansions, and repairs (with some exceptions). To obtain a permit, the following will be required for new systems/new soil treatment areas (STA’s): completed permit application, payment of permit fee, system design, soils information, test pit logs, percolation tests (if used), and a site plan. Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) will accept the applications at our Environmental Health Offices. TCHD staff will then review the information and make a site visit. If the application, design (if applicable) and site meet our requirements, TCHD will issue a permit to construct, expand or repair the OWTS.
Mobile food trucks and trailers that have never been licensed by Tri-County Health Department must go through a plan review. To determine the type of plan review that is appropriate for you contact the plan review hotline at 303 846 6230. Mobile food trucks that have been previously licensed by Tri-County and push carts may be inspected and licensed at any Tri-County Environmental Health office by appointment.