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,…

Spring Cleaning Critter Prevention

Hantavirus, Rabies and tick-borne illnesses are all diseases that see a rise in the springtime due to the increased movement of animals, people and interaction between the two. The good news is that these illnesses are preventable. CCHD encourages people to review the information…

Stay Healthy this Fair Season

Few events draw as many people to Great Falls as the Montana State Fair. Animal exhibits and petting zoos are always popular attractions and provide a fun way for people to interact with and learn more about animals. Contact with animals, though, brings the…

September is National Food Safety Month!

Did You Know? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 6 Americans contracts a food borne disease each year; 128,000 of these are hospitalized, and 3000 die. Fortunately, many food borne illnesses can be prevented. September is National…

Recreational Water Illness

Many of our favorite summertime activities – swimming, hiking, camping – allow us to spend more time on and around the water than we do at other times of the year. Whether natural or manmade, water sources can contain disease-causing germs. These diseases are…

Don’t Let the Stomach Bug Bite!

This summer the Cascade City-County Health Department’s ongoing surveillance with the local healthcare community shows more patients with gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  These symptoms will usually begin suddenly and last about 1-2 days.  Although there has been a recent increase in…