Disease du jour
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by bacteria found in the nose and throat.
The state of Idaho, and specifically Health District 4, which encompasses Ada, Boise, Valley and Elmore counties saw a spike in the number of pertussis cases in 2014.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It has often be called "the great imitator" because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.
Cryptosporidium is one of the leading causes of waterborne disease, or disease caused by contaminated drinking water or recreational water. Recreational water is water from swimming pools, hot tubs, fountains, lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, or streams that can be contaminated with sewage or feces from humans or animals. Below are answers to the most common questions regarding Cryptosporidium and healthy swimming.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.