Win a Kayaking Day Trip at The Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library invites residents to the Kayaking Michigan’s Rivers and Lakes lecture on Thursday, September 8, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Prepare for a night filled with tips from author Doc Fletcher on the best rivers and lakes for canoeing and kayaking. Fletcher will also share photos and inside information on routes in the country as well as the local area and raffle off a free canoeing or kayaking trip. "As patrons arrive we’ll be handing out raffle tickets for a … [Read more...]

Residents Urged to Protect themselves from West Nile Virus

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and the Oakland County Health Division are urging residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and West Nile Virus (WNV) during upcoming summer events, such as Arts, Beats & Eats, and other outdoor activities. WNV continues to be detected in Oakland County and residents should take necessary precautions to reduce their risk. “This is an important reminder that West Nile Virus is present in our community,” said Kathy Forzley, … [Read more...]

Oakland County Blood Donor Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Oakland County Health Division was notified by 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, including West Nile Virus. This is the first blood donation in 2016 that has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Michigan. “We know that West Nile Virus is in our community, so it is important that everyone … [Read more...]

Prevent Heat Related Illness

Oakland County Health Division cautions residents to protect themselves from heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, especially when temperatures are high, in the 90’s and during ozone action days. Those at greatest risk include individuals 65 years of age or older, those who exert themselves during work or exercise, infants and children up to age four, overweight people, and those who are ill or on certain medications. If you have asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema, high … [Read more...]

Older Adults Urged to Protect Themselves from West Nile Virus

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is reminding all residents, especially older adults, to protect themselves from the threat of West Nile Virus (WNV) by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites. Earlier this month, a mosquito pool tested positive for WNV in Oakland County. WNV has also been identified in mosquitoes in Saginaw County. “West Nile Virus continues to be monitored by Oakland County Health Division,” Patterson said. “There are a numbers of ways to reduce the risk of … [Read more...]

Bacterial Meningitis Update on Kristy Malter

Conflicting reports have indicated that Kristy Malter has been placed on life support. Multiple sources had earlier reported she had died. Malter was a Lifetime Fitness employee who contracted bacterial meningitis. George Miller, director of Oakland County Health and Human Services, would confirm only that Malter was on life support. Rochester Media released Bacterial Meningitis Found in Fitness Camp Employee on July 14. Oakland County Health officials are trying to contact over 200 … [Read more...]

Bacterial Meningitis Found in Fitness Camp Employee

Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) was notified today of a Lifetime Fitness day camp employee in Rochester Hills with bacterial meningitis who is a Macomb County resident. We are currently notifying parents of campers and employees. The individual cannot be identified because of laws protecting personal health information. "The disease is not spread through casual contact or by simply being in the same room as an infected person," said Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of the Health … [Read more...]

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...]

Outdoor Fun and Fitness in the Rochester Area

The Great Outdoors  Summer is officially here so grab your gear and head outdoors for a great workout. Exercising outside can increase your motivation and make your workouts more interesting. Research shows spending time outdoors reduces stress and the fresh air releases serotonin in the brain which can put you in a fantastic mood. The scenery can help exercisers from getting bored and outdoor workouts offer more of a full-body workout that can burn more calories. The Rochester area has lots … [Read more...]

Michigan Confirms case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Residents Reminded to Protect against all Tick-Borne Illness The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed a case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in a child in Cass County. This is the first confirmed case of RMSF contracted in Michigan since 2009. RMSF is a tick-borne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, and can be fatal if not treated promptly and correctly, even in previously healthy people. Symptoms typically include fever, abdominal … [Read more...]