Health Division Reports Increase in Legionnaires’ Disease

Oakland County Health Division reports 52 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, marking an upward trend compared to 2017 when 47 cases occurred. This increased trend is also occurring statewide. “Legionnaires’ disease can be very serious,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division. “Individuals that smoke or have chronic respiratory ailments are at higher risk of getting sick. Talk to your healthcare provider for prompt diagnosis and treatment if you think … [Read more...]

Water Boil Advisory Still in Place

The Boil Water Advisory for the City of Rochester Hills is still in effect for the area north of Tienken & west of Livernois and will remain in effect until at least Thursday afternoon. These precautionary actions are being taken due to the loss of water pressure in the water distribution system on Monday, July 9. Residents in the specified area are asked to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water … [Read more...]

Rabies Confirmed in Rochester Hills Skunk

Oakland County Health Division Reports Confirmed Rabies in Skunk Oakland County Health Division reports a confirmed case of rabies in a skunk removed from Rochester Hills. The Health Division strongly urges residents to reduce rabies exposure by staying away from wild animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons, foxes, and stray cats and dogs. "Our natural instinct is to befriend and pet an animal that seems friendly or help one that is injured,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland … [Read more...]

Oakland County Board of Commissioners Launch Website for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Press Conference and Launch of the New Resource Website on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day On Thursday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m., the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Oakland County Health Division and Sheriff’s Office, will hold a press conference to raise awareness about human trafficking in the region and to announce the launch of a new County website. The Oakland County Human Trafficking website will provide vital resources and information about … [Read more...]

Help and Tips to Stay Tobacco Free

Help Youth Stay Tobacco Free in the New School Year As students head back to school, Oakland County Health Division encourages parents and health care providers to talk to youth about tobacco use. Providing a tobacco-free home and discussing secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use can help prevent youth from future smoking. “There has been significant progress in protecting youth from tobacco-related health risks, but we still have a long way to go,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health … [Read more...]

Health Division Urges Protection from Hepatitis A

Oakland County Health Division reports eight new cases of Hepatitis A recently. The Health Division has not yet identified a source, but is investigating potential common factors such as contaminated food, sick individuals, travel, and healthcare exposure. “These new cases serve as a vital reminder of why it is critical to get vaccinated,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “The Health Division urges all residents, food handlers, and healthcare providers to get the … [Read more...]

Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips

Health Division Reminds Residents of Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips Oakland County Health Division advises residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites as summer-like temperatures approach. An increase in the number of mosquitoes and exposure to mosquito-borne diseases are linked with warmer temperatures and more time spent outdoors. “The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health … [Read more...]

Oakland County Public Health Urges Protection Against Ticks

Health Division Precautions Against Ticks Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Oakland County Health Division remind residents to protect themselves against ticks as they spend more time outside. Ticks and tick-borne diseases are increasing across the state. Ticks spread diseases such as Lyme disease, an illness caused by a bacterial infection from a tick bite. “Residents are urged to protect themselves against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, … [Read more...]

Oakland County’s Next Health Officer

Leigh-Anne Stafford will be Oakland County’s next health officer, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced April 25. She will manage a staff of 384 employees in the Oakland County Health Division which oversees public health in the county. Stafford replaces Kathy Forzley, whom Patterson recently appointed to lead the Health and Human Services Department. “Leigh Anne’s energy, outlook, and qualifications will help Oakland County maintain its exceptional reputation as a public health … [Read more...]

Test Your Private Well for Safe Drinking Water

Oakland County Health Division reminds private well owners to test their drinking water regularly for contaminants to ensure that it is safe. “I encourage every homeowner with a private drinking water well to test their water routinely”, said Kathy Forzley, health officer for Oakland County. “Homeowners with private wells may not be aware of the risks that can occur. Testing well water regularly is the only way to ensure safe drinking water.” The Health Division recommends testing … [Read more...]