Two Sandhill Cranes Flying Over a Wetland West of the Dunes Couple Hiking a Dune Ridge Bison with Calves Antelope at sunset Colorado gator Steam train

Two Sandhill Cranes Flying Over a Wetland West of the Dunes

Couple Hiking a Dune Ridge

Bison with Calves

Antelope at sunset

Colorado gator

Steam train

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Alamosa, CO

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News & Announcements

Noxious Weed Control

Noxious Weed Control Starting Up in Alamosa County
 
The noxious weeds in Alamosa County are emerging in abundance this summer.  The Alamosa County Road and Bridge Department will be spraying all county roads and right of ways starting the week of June 16th through July 7th.    Weed control is very important to Alamosa County.  We ask that all landowners make an attempt to control the noxious weeds within your property boundaries.    If you have any questions, or concerns please direct all phone calls to Jinger Tilden at the Alamosa County Land Use Office at 719-589-3812
 
Noxious Weeds are a threat and destroy our productive land.  Let's all work together and control noxious weeds! 

Public Health Department

Second Hantavirus Case Confirmed
 
SAN LUIS VALLEY - Laboratory tests confirmed on Wednesday that a second San Luis Valley resident has developed Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) following exposure to hantavirus.
 
 
For more information call your local Public Health agency (Alamosa County) 589-6639; Conejos County 574-4307; Costilla County 672-3332; Mineral County 658-2416; Rio Grande County 657-3352; Saguache County 655-2533) or go to www.cdc.gov/hantavirus.

Public Health Department

Basic Food Safety Class

At Alamosa County Public Health Department
8900-B Independence Way
Room 108
 
April 16, 2014
July 2, 2014
November 12, 2014
 8:00am to 10:00am
$13 per Person
(Please pay in advance and RSVP by the day before the class)
Payments can be made at the department via check or cash, no cards please
Make checks payable to: Alamosa County Public Health Department
Contact Lynnea Rappold 719-587-5206

Public Health Department

Advice from pediatricians:  Use only pasteurized dairy products

Women, infants, and young children should avoid raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products, according to a statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the December 15, 2013 issue of Pediatrics.  A summary of the statement follows.

Raw milk and milk products from cows, goats, or sheep are a source of bacterial infections that are especially dangerous to pregnant women, fetuses, the elderly, young children and people with compromised immune systems.

The popularity of raw milk and raw-milk products, such as soft cheeses, has been growing in recent years, in part due to claims of health benefits. But those claims have not been backed up by science. 

However, there is a scientific record of diseases and illnesses from raw milk, mostly caused by contamination of the product with E. coli, Salmonella, or Campylobacter.  The illnesses caused by such bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, cramps, nausea and vomiting.

From 1998 through 2009, there were 93 recorded outbreaks of disease resulting from consumption of raw milk or raw-milk products, causing 1,837 illnesses, 195 hospitalizations and two deaths.

The full press release can be found at:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/sumc-puc121013.php

Public Health Department

TB TESTING TIME CHANGE

Alamosa County Public Health Department has changed the times of tuberculin (Tb) skin testing. 

Effective February 1, 2013 the new PLACEMENT time will be Tuesday mornings from 8:00 to 11:30.  No appointment is necessary.

The person must then return to have the test CHECKED on Thursday afternoon between 1:00 and 3:00.  Cost for Tb testing is $15.00.

We believe this change will improve the quality of Tb testing provided by ACPHD.  We hope for a smooth transition to the new time and appreciate your cooperation.  Call Alamosa County Public Health Department at 589-6639 for more information.