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2019 News Releases

1109, 2019

Illness in Clark County resident linked to vaping

September 11th, 2019|

he Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s first confirmed case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarette products in a person under the age of 18. The youth was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms that met the case definition established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A pulmonary infection has not been identified. The patient was released from the hospital and is recovering.

609, 2019

Advisory: Nevada public health authorities recommend ceasing of e-cigarette, vaping product use

September 6th, 2019|

Carson City Health and Human Services, Southern Nevada Health District, and Washoe County Health District are warning the public of the potential for severe lung illness associated with the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). The public health authorities are advising people not to use vaping products and e-cigarettes. These products should never be used by youth, young adults, pregnant women, and people who do not currently use tobacco products.

2808, 2019

Health District reports potential hepatitis A exposure

August 28th, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District has identified a person with hepatitis A that worked at a 7-Eleven convenience store located at 2910 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Maryland Parkway and Vegas Valley Drive) while they were potentially infectious to others.

2708, 2019

Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance hosts its annual International Overdose Awareness Day event, Aug. 29

August 27th, 2019|

In 2017, there were 464 fatal drug overdoses (excluding alcohol) in Clark County. Opioid-related overdoses and deaths continue to occur across the United States and the world. In an effort to acknowledge those deaths, the Southern Nevada Harm Reduction Alliance (SNHRA) is participating in its 3rd annual International Overdose Awareness Day, from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, August 29 at the Chuck Minker Sports Complex, 275 N. Mojave Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89101. The SNHRA will also offer overdose prevention trainings at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Participants will receive a free overdose prevention kit that contains nasal naloxone (Narcan®), the opioid overdose reversal medication, as well as community resources.

2308, 2019

Public Health Update – Weekly Arbovirus Report: August 23, 2019

August 23rd, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District Arbovirus report for the week of August 19-23 is available at www.snhd.info/wn-updates. The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting 10 additional West Nile virus cases for a total of 29 cases. The individuals are nine males, six of whom are over the age 50, three under the age of 50; and one female over the age of 50. Seven of the new cases have the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness.

2208, 2019

Twenty-eight cases of West Nile virus reported

August 22nd, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District is declaring an outbreak of West Nile virus in Clark County after receiving reports of 28 cases of the disease in humans – the highest case count in a season since the virus was first detected in the state in 2004. In addition to the high number of cases, 17 of the 28 reported cases have had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness.

1508, 2019

Health District reports potential measles exposure

August 15th, 2019|

LAS VEGAS - The Southern Nevada Health District is informing individuals and the public who were at different locations listed below that they might have been exposed to a person who was confirmed to have a case of measles. Because measles can be highly contagious, the Health District is advising people who may have been exposed to review their immunization status and contact their health care providers if they are not fully immunized against measles or have not already had the disease. This measles case was reported in a visitor. There have been no additional cases reported in Clark County residents.

1408, 2019

Hepatitis A outbreak cases increase to 83 in Southern Nevada

August 14th, 2019|

In June, the Southern Nevada Health District announced Clark County was experiencing an outbreak of hepatitis A cases. Since November 2018, the Health District has reported 83 outbreak-associated cases of hepatitis A. In the past few years total cases reported have been significantly lower: 39 cases reported in 2018; 13 cases in 2017; and six reported cases in 2016. People who are at increased risk for infection include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness. Of the reported cases, more than 92 percent were people who used drugs (injection or non-injection), and more than 80 percent were among people experiencing homelessness. Weekly hepatitis A outbreak updates will be available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/hep-a-control.

708, 2019

Public Health Update – Health District reports 13th, 14th, and 15th Cases of West Nile Virus

August 7th, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting three additional cases of West Nile virus, bring the year’s total to 15. One individual is a female under the age of 50 with the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness. The other two individuals are both male, under the age of 50, with the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness. Of the 15 reported cases, 10 had the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the illness.

108, 2019

West Nile virus an ongoing risk in Southern Nevada

August 1st, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District reports three more Clark County residents have neuroinvasive illness caused by the West Nile virus. All three individuals are male, and over the age of 50. These new cases bring the year’s total to 11. Nine of the 11 cases reported to the Health District had the neuroinvasive form of the illness.

108, 2019

Media Advisory: Event Offers Interactive Environmental Exhibits for Kids of All Ages!

August 1st, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District’s third annual Environmental Health Expo is a fun event for kids and the whole family. There will be informative and interactive exhibits that include a working model of a milking cow, how to pack a safe lunch, the big 8 food allergens, information about trash and recycling, and mosquito fish and equipment.

3007, 2019

Mosquitoes – Southern Nevada has them and they are spreading disease!

July 30th, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting two new cases of West Nile virus in Clark County residents. Both have the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the illness. One individual is a female over the age of 50, and the other is a male under the age of 50. These new cases bring the year’s total to eight. Six of the eight West Nile cases reported to the Health District had neuroinvasive illness.

2607, 2019

West Nile Virus Update

July 26th, 2019|

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s sixth case of West Nile virus. The individual is a female under the age of 50 who has the neuroinvasive form of the illness. West Nile virus is considered endemic in Clark County, having first been identified in 2005. This new case is a reminder to the public of the importance of preventing mosquito bites and eliminating breeding sources around their homes.

2507, 2019

Health District issues precautions as additional West Nile virus cases reported

July 25th, 2019|

Three more Clark County residents have tested positive for West Nile virus, and the Southern Nevada Health District is reminding the public to take precautions to protect themselves from this potentially serious disease. One individual is a male over the age of 50 who had the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness, and another is a female under the age of 50 who had the neuroinvasive form of the illness. The third individual is a male over the age of 50 who was asymptomatic and is classified as a presumptively viremic donor (PVD).

1807, 2019

Health District debuts healthy aging and green restaurant initiatives

July 18th, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District hosted its first State of the Health District on Thursday to provide the public and stakeholders with highlights of agency accomplishments, an overview of the Community Health Needs Assessment developed in partnership with Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, and a preview of new initiatives planned for the upcoming fiscal year.

1007, 2019

Media Advisory: State of the Health District

July 10th, 2019|

The State of the Health District will celebrate the agency’s accomplishments, recognize achievements reached with community partners, set out policy goals for the upcoming fiscal year, and announce new public health initiatives to address healthy aging and recognize restaurants who implement environmentally-friendly practices.

807, 2019

Health District reports second 2019 West Nile case

July 8th, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its second human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female under the age of 50, has the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has been hospitalized. The Health District reported its first West Nile case in April in a woman over the age of 50 with the more serious form of the illness; she has since recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.

2506, 2019

Health District and community partners offer free rapid HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day

June 25th, 2019|

People with HIV are living longer, healthier lives today because new treatments are available. The key is getting tested and getting into care! June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and the Southern Nevada Health District is offering free rapid HIV testing from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at its Sexual Health Clinic located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd.

1906, 2019

Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County

June 19th, 2019|

The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a significant increase in the number of acute hepatitis A cases in Clark County. Between January 1, 2019, and May 31, 2019, there have been 37 reported acute hepatitis A cases, compared to 17 reported cases in 2018, no reported case in 2017, and six reported cases in 2016 during the same period.

2018 News Releases

2712, 2018

Health District reports imported measles case

December 27th, 2018|

The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed an internationally imported case of measles in Southern Nevada. This is the first confirmed case of measles in Clark County since 2015. The patient is a previously vaccinated adult with a history of international travel. Appropriate testing confirmed the case on Monday, Dec. 24. The Health District is notifying individuals who might have had contact with this patient and will not be releasing any additional information about the patient.

612, 2018

HIV/AIDS Call-to-Action

December 6th, 2018|

The Southern Nevada Health District is issuing a call-to-action to community partners and health care providers to implement interventions and strategies to achieve 90-90-90 in Nevada.

312, 2018

‘Tis the season to be healthy! Get your flu shot.

December 3rd, 2018|

The demand for flu vaccine typically decreases after the end of November, and National Influenza Vaccination Week, scheduled for December 2-8, highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond.

2911, 2018

World AIDS Day

November 29th, 2018|

In observance of the 30th World AIDS Day, the Southern Nevada Health District will offer free Express Testing for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia at its Sexual Health Clinic on Friday, Nov. 30 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on a first come, first served basis; appointments are not necessary.

1311, 2018

The Health District promotes its cessation resources in support of the Great American Smokeout

November 13th, 2018|

On Thursday, Nov. 15 many smokers will pledge to go smoke-free, even if it’s just for one day. The Great American Smokeout has provided an opportunity for smokers to commit to leading healthier lives for more than 40 years, and the Southern Nevada Health District has cessation resources, tools, and information to support them in their journey. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to kick the habit for at least one day with the hope that it could lead to a permanent change. The Health District encourages tobacco users to take up the one-day challenge that can lead to a long-term plan to quit for good. The Health District’s GetHealthyClarkCounty.org website has cessation resources as well as information about tobacco products, smoke-free living, and smoke-free meeting spaces.

511, 2018

November is American Diabetes Month

November 5th, 2018|

In the United States, approximately 84 million people have prediabetes, and nine out of 10 of them do not know it. Prediabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. During American Diabetes Month, the Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to take the prediabetes risk test, speak with a health care provider about their risks of developing the disease, and take steps to reverse prediabetes. The Health District and its community partners offer education, self-management classes, and support for people with diabetes and their families as well as programs that can help people lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For more information about available resources, visit the Health District's Get Healthy Clark County website or its Spanish-language site Viva Saludable.

2310, 2018

Health District encourages the public to report illegal dumping

October 23rd, 2018|

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting that illegal dumping complaints increased by 28 percent in Clark County from 2016 to 2017. Complaints of material that have been illegally disposed of include trash, sewage, and hazardous material waste. In 2016, the Health District received 1,223 illegal dumping complaints, in 2017 the number of complaints increased to 1,575, and in 2018 the number of calls, emails, and information received through the Health District’s website has continued to increase.

2210, 2018

Health District to conduct neighborhood CASPER survey, Nov. 2-3

October 22nd, 2018|

On Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, teams from the Southern Nevada Health District will begin interviewing household members in Las Vegas about how extreme heat impacts them and their families. These neighborhood surveys are part of the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) technique to gather information to assist in emergency planning and response efforts. The goal of this CASPER survey is to understand how extreme heat affects Clark County residents and how local response agencies and Southern Nevadans can better prepare for such events. In 2017, the Health District reported 123 heat-related deaths among Clark County residents.

810, 2018

Health District, Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium offer free HIV screenings for National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

October 8th, 2018|

The Southern Nevada Health District and the Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium will offer rapid HIV screenings, syphilis testing, and additional health services on Saturday, October 13 to commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day. In the United States, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for approximately 26 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2016 although they are only approximately 18 percent of the population. The testing event will take place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at Bonanza Plaza, 4250 E. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, NV. For more information, contact Rosita Castillo, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Inc., (702) 239-6217.

2509, 2018

Health District hosts 2nd Environmental Health Expo

September 25th, 2018|

In commemoration of World Environmental Health Day, the Southern Nevada Health District is hosting its second Environmental Health Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The public is invited to the Health District's main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. to learn more about environmental health programs, participate in hands-on demonstrations, view exhibits, and much more. Health District staff and partners will provide information about their role in keeping the community healthy at this free, family-friendly event.

2409, 2018

Flu vaccine available at the Southern Nevada Health District

September 24th, 2018|

If it's not too early to order a pumpkin spice latte, then it's not too early to protect yourself and your family from the flu! The beginning of fall means that flu season is just around the corner, and the Southern Nevada Health District is offering the injectable quadrivalent (four-strain) flu vaccine as well as the high-dose vaccine for people age 65 and older at its public health centers. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered by most insurance with no copay. For more information, visit the Immunization Program's Flu Vaccine Clinic page or call the clinic at (702) 759-0850.

2908, 2018

Southern Nevada Health District increases access to care through expansion of services

August 29th, 2018|

On Monday, Sept. 17, the Southern Nevada Health District will begin offering expanded primary care services at its Family Health Care Center inside its main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. The Family Health Care Center will provide medical care for adults and children when they are sick, as well as preventive care services, including annual adult physicals and well-child check-ups for children up to 18 years of age.

808, 2018

The Health District is giving kids a boost

August 8th, 2018|

Back to school crunch time is officially here, and the Southern Nevada Health District is encouraging parents and guardians to bring their preschoolers, kindergartners, and 7th graders for mandatory vaccinations to one of its public health clinics.

3007, 2018

Southern Nevada Health District will begin accepting passport applications

July 30th, 2018|

The Southern Nevada Health District is pleased to announce it will begin accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. United States citizens planning international travel can apply for their passports Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Health District's main location at 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89107. The Passport Office is co-located with the Birth and Death Certificate program.

1907, 2018

Southern Nevada Health District investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease

July 19th, 2018|

The Southern Nevada Health District is investigating two cases of Legionnaires' disease reported in guests who stayed separately at Harrah's Laughlin Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nev., in November 2017 and March 2018. The hotel is assisting in the investigation, and the Health District is working with the property to notify current and past guests dating back to Oct. 15, 2017. Guests who stayed at Harrah's Laughlin Hotel & Casino during this timeframe and experienced symptoms up to 14 days after their stay can report their illness to the Health District using a survey posted on its website at www.snhd.info/survey2018.

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Updated on:  August 23, 2019

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