West Nile Virus Found in Oakland County

Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile Virus The first mosquito pool testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) has been found in a trap set in Oakland County. Compared to last year, this is earlier in the summer season for a mosquito to test positive for the WNV. Oakland County residents are urged to protect themselves from the threat of WNV by taking necessary precautions. "Although no human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Oakland County this year, residents are urged to be … [Read more...]

Well Water Testing Vital for Safe Drinking Water

Oakland County Health Division reminds private well owners that the only way to be sure their drinking water is safe is to test it regularly for contaminants. The reminder comes during National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2016. "Unlike public water supplies, private wells are not tested regularly by city or county officials," said Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of Oakland County Health Division. "Homeowners with private wells may not be aware of the risks that can occur. … [Read more...]

Oakland County Blood Donor Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Earlier this week health officials confirmed a crow tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Now, the Oakland County Health Division received confirmation from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of a blood donor testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Oakland County. The American Red Cross consistently tests blood donations for a wide variety of infectious diseases. Recently, mosquito pools and a crow have also tested positive for WNV in Oakland County. “With so … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills City Council Approves Ordinance to Regulate E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

The Mayor’s office released a statement indicating that last evening, the City Council approved an ordinance that will regulate electronic cigarettes as “tobacco” products in the City of Rochester Hills pending further regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The new policy bans the distribution and sale of e-cigarettes to minors, a move that the administration feels is in the City’s best interest and will promote the public health, safety and welfare for all. The … [Read more...]