Tick Bites: Avoid, Repel, Remove!

While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra cautious in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. It also helps to know which ticks are most common in your area. Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks Avoid…

Flooding Information Headquarters for Cascade County, MT

This page is your 2019 Cascade County flood information headquarters! Bookmark it or write the address down, because here you’ll be able to quickly access any information you need about flooding—whether you need to know how to prepare, what to do during a flood,…

Salmonella — Health Tips

Salmonella and live poultry It’s common knowledge that Salmonella germs can be carried by chicken, ducks, geese, and turkey—in fact, Salmonella naturally lives in the gut of these and other poultry. Because of this, people learning to cook are always told to cook poultry…

Cascade County Press Release: Flooding Preparation

Click here to view a PDF of our April 9, 2019 press release. Visit our “In the News” web page to see all our press releases.* To stay tuned for flood-related news and updates, or just to learn how to prepare for a flood,…

Hantavirus Safety Tips

It’s that time of the year again: spring cleaning! As you start to clean out your homes, cabin, campers, sheds, and garages, be mindful of the risk of hantavirus. Hantavirus—or hantavirus pulmonary syndrome—is a rare but very serious lung disease transmitted by infected rodents…

St. Patrick’s Day Safety!

Greetings! St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Sunday, March 17, and we want to share some fun facts and safety tips in honor of one of the most popular drinking holidays in the US! Designate a driver! This one is obvious. Friends don’t let…

What you need to know about “cottage food” laws

Have you seen local cooks who sell their homemade goodies—like cookies, soups, and meatballs—advertising online or on social media? Unfortunately, many of these food items are made in unregistered home kitchens by producers who do not have permits to sell their food items. This…

Press Release: You Can Help Protect Against Measles

Great Falls, MT – In response to the recently publicized measles outbreaks in New York and Washington State, the Cascade City-County Health Department would like to reassure residents that they can take steps to protect themselves, their families, and the community from this potentially…

Healthy Habits

This time of year, the cold weather brings us indoors where viruses and bacteria can spread easily from person to person. Almost every winter, the Cascade City-County Health Department’s ongoing surveillance with the local healthcare community shows an increase in individuals with respiratory concerns,…

Outbreak of Life-threatening Coagulopathy Associated with Synthetic Cannabinoids Use

Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing information on: 1) the current status of a multistate outbreak of coagulopathy from exposure to synthetic cannabinoid products containing a vitamin K-dependent antagonist agent, such as brodifacoum; 2) signs and symptoms of presenting…