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‘Tis the season to be healthy!

LAS VEGAS – ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, travel, family gatherings, and flu! As flu activity begins to increase around the holidays, the demand for flu vaccine typically decreases after November. National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 1-7, highlights the importance of getting vaccinated into December and even later. The Southern Nevada Health District offers the flu vaccine at its public health centers Monday through Friday. For more information, call the Immunization Clinic at (702) 759-0850 or visit the Flu Vaccine Clinic page.

2019-12-03T09:41:50+00:00

Fast-Track Nevada

LAS VEGAS – Southern Nevada elected officials and jurisdictional partners will sign on to the Fast-Track Cities Paris Declaration, as a formal commitment to end the HIV epidemic in Nevada by 2030, on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Southern Nevada Health District’s public health center at 280. S. Decatur Blvd. The event will take place as the public health partners commemorate World AIDS Day.

2019-11-27T08:53:18+00:00

Media Adisory: Nevada Joins Initiative to End HIV Epidemic by 2030

Fast-Track Cities Initiative is a global partnership between the City of Paris, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Human Settlement Program, and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in collaboration with local, national, and international organizations and public health agencies. A formal commitment to this process requires Southern Nevada’s mayors or elected jurisdictional officials to designate their municipalities as Fast-Track Cities by signing the Paris Declaration.

2019-11-20T12:44:44+00:00

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

LAS VEGAS – Seven out of 10 smokers say they want to quit. Thursday, Nov. 21, is the 42nd Great American Smokeout, and the Southern Nevada Health District has smoking cessation resources and tools, as well as information about alternative tobacco products, smoke-free living and smoke-free meeting spaces on its GetHealthyClarkCounty.org website to support those taking that first, second, or multiple attempts to quit.

2019-11-14T08:52:07+00:00

November is American Diabetes Month

LAS VEGAS – Ten percent of adults over the age of 20 in Clark County live with the realities of diabetes every day. For others, November is a time to bring awareness to one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. During American Diabetes Month, the Southern Nevada Health District reminds people with diabetes, people at-risk for developing diabetes, and their families that self-management and prevention are keys to good health. The Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers diabetes self-management classes and a variety of resources. For more information, visit the Get Healthy Clark County Diabetes webpage or call (702) 759-1270.

2019-11-07T09:01:12+00:00

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

As part of this year’s National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), the Southern Nevada Health District is partnering with the Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium for the “Big Oh” Health Fair between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Nucleus Plaza, 916 W. Owens Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106. For more information, visit the Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium’s Facebook page,

2019-10-11T08:32:44+00:00

Chief Health Officer announces retirement

Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District, announced his retirement from the Southern Nevada Health District today. Dr. Iser has served as the Chief Health Officer since September 2013. His retirement is effective January 3, 2020.

2019-10-03T13:56:53+00:00

Health District offers flu vaccine for 2019-2020 flu season

LAS VEGAS – Southern Nevadans may not be exchanging their summer attire for sweaters just yet, but the fall season is officially here, and that means it’s the perfect time for people to protect themselves and their families from the flu! The flu vaccine is available at the Southern Nevada Health District’s immunization clinics as well as community clinics and pharmacies throughout the valley. The Health District also offers flu vaccine specifically for people age 65 and older. 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.

2019-10-01T10:16:38+00:00

Illness in Clark County resident linked to vaping

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.

2019-09-11T09:15:00+00:00

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

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.

2019-09-06T13:35:42+00:00

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

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.

2019-08-29T09:53:25+00:00

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

2019-08-23T16:07:14+00:00

Twenty-eight cases of West Nile virus reported

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.

2019-10-21T14:11:40+00:00

Health District reports potential measles exposure

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.

2019-08-15T11:00:24+00:00

Hepatitis A outbreak cases increase to 83 in Southern Nevada

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.

2019-08-29T13:41:10+00:00

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

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.

2019-08-08T11:19:43+00:00

West Nile virus an ongoing risk in Southern Nevada

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.

2019-10-21T14:16:20+00:00

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

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.

2019-08-08T09:17:09+00:00

West Nile Virus Update

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.

2019-08-08T09:23:11+00:00

Health District issues precautions as additional West Nile virus cases reported

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).

2019-10-21T14:20:09+00:00

Health District debuts healthy aging and green restaurant initiatives

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.

2019-07-22T12:01:53+00:00

Media Advisory: State of the Health District

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.

2019-07-10T10:29:50+00:00

Health District reports second 2019 West Nile case

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.

2019-10-21T15:51:55+00:00

Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County

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.

2019-08-29T13:41:59+00:00

First West Nile-positive mosquitoes of the season identified

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program identified the first West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes of the season in the 89005 ZIP code. The first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada was reported in April. The individual, a female over the age of 50, had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.

2019-06-11T08:30:39+00:00

Media Advisory: Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, UNLV to conduct Mega-POD full-scale emergency response exercise

The Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are planning a full-scale emergency response exercise called The Mega-POD to test plans that include dispensing medication to Southern Nevadans in a public health emergency. The exercise will include approximately 200 staff members from Clark County who will play multiple roles during the exercise.

2019-06-11T10:42:51+00:00

Hepatitis testing encouraged during the month of May

The Southern Nevada Health District is raising awareness about hepatitis and encouraging people to get tested during Hepatitis Awareness Month, and on May 19, Hepatitis Testing Day. Millions of people in the United States are infected with hepatitis and many are not aware of their infection.

2019-05-16T08:52:37+00:00

2019 Southern Nevada Baby Fest Immunizations & Health Fair

Are your baby’s shots up to date? The annual Southern Nevada Baby Fest Immunizations & Health Fair is the perfect opportunity to update your children’s immunizations. The event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, May 3 at the Southern Nevada Health District’s 280 S. Decatur Blvd. Public Health Center. Low-cost immunizations will be available for kids who qualify, and parents can update their shots as well.

2019-04-30T08:32:47+00:00

Health District reports first 2019 West Nile case

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female over the age of 50, had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.

2019-10-21T15:46:33+00:00

Health District names 2019 Public Health Heroes

What does it take to be a Public Health Hero? Every year, the Southern Nevada Health District recognizes individuals or organizations whose actions have served to improve the health status of the community. This year, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) volunteers Maria Soto-Henry and Michael Slonina, and Clark County Code Enforcement’s Lt. Dave Pollex were honored.

2019-04-26T11:52:34+00:00

Health District working with community partners to address high rates of syphilis and congenital syphilis in Southern Nevada

In 2017, Clark County ranked first in the nation for rates of primary and secondary syphilis and second for rates of congenital syphilis. Cases of congenital syphilis have been steadily increasing at an alarming rate in Clark County. In 2016, there were nine reported cases, in 2017 there were 20 cases, and in 2018 there were 24 cases of congenital syphilis in Clark County.

2019-04-29T15:51:23+00:00

Measles Update – Travelers urged to protect themselves

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 465 cases of measles in 19 states so far this year. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000. The Southern Nevada Health District reported two confirmed cases of measles in Clark County the last six months. The CDC is urging people to protect themselves before traveling, especially to international destinations.

2019-04-29T15:54:29+00:00

‘Tis the Season – Mosquito Season, that is!

LAS VEGAS – As temperatures increase in Southern Nevada, so does mosquito activity, and so do the activities of the Southern Nevada Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program staff. The Health District is reminding residents to “Fight the Bite” this season by eliminating standing water around their home, preventing mosquito bites by wearing an EPA-registered repellent, and reporting mosquito activity to the Health District by calling (702) 759-1633.

2019-10-21T14:31:30+00:00

2019 County Health Rankings Released

Clark County ranks 8th healthiest in Nevada according to the annual County Health rankings, up from 10th in last year’s ranking. The County Health Rankings are released each year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The full rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

2019-04-26T11:44:36+00:00

Measles case in Clark County

An investigation by the Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed an internationally imported case of measles in Clark County. The patient is an international visitor and the potential Las Vegas exposure occurred between Saturday, March 9 and Monday, March 11. The patient’s immunization status is unknown. 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.

2019-04-26T11:42:13+00:00

The Southern Nevada Health District, Alliance Against Diabetes, Visión y Compromiso host the annual Celebrating Your Health event, March 23

As part of Diabetes Alert Month, the Southern Nevada Health District, the Alliance Against Diabetes/Unión Contra la Diabetes, Visión y Compromiso, and other community partners are hosting the annual Celebrating Your Health/Celebrando Tu Salud health fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Alliance Against Diabetes, 3930 E. Patrick Lane, Las Vegas, Nev. 89120. The event will feature free blood glucose screenings as well as other health screenings, diabetes and health resources, social services referrals, entertainment, and more. Celebrating Your Health is a tobacco-free event, and free resources will be available to assist community members to quit smoking.  For additional information, visit the Health District’s Spanish-language Viva Saludable.org website.

2019-04-26T11:40:59+00:00

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. During American Heart Month, the Southern Nevada Health District encourages Southern Nevadans to work with their health care providers to learn about their heart disease risk factors and the ABCS of heart disease.

2019-04-29T15:57:43+00:00

What’s your move Southern Nevada?

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are hosting a free 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk Saturday, Feb. 9 to promote the department’s updated physical activity guidelines for children and adults and to launch its new Move Your Way campaign and website.

2019-04-29T16:01:23+00:00

Health District reports imported measles case

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.

2019-04-29T16:02:22+00:00

HIV/AIDS Call-to-Action

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.

2018-12-07T14:24:50+00:00

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

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.

2018-11-14T16:19:07+00:00

November is American Diabetes Month

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.

2018-11-14T16:15:24+00:00

Health District encourages the public to report illegal dumping

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.

2018-11-14T16:10:28+00:00

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

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.

2018-11-14T16:07:24+00:00

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

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.

2018-11-14T15:56:27+00:00

Health District hosts 2nd Environmental Health Expo

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.

2018-11-14T15:50:37+00:00

Flu vaccine available at the Southern Nevada Health District

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.

2018-11-14T15:42:52+00:00

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

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.

2018-11-14T14:26:29+00:00

The Health District is giving kids a boost

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.

2018-11-14T14:11:33+00:00