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BERGEN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERSHIP

The Bergen County Public Health Partnership is a coalition of governmental public health officers representing local municipal health departments, regional health commissions and the county health department, which plans and coordinates the development of the local governmental public health system and its operation.

What is Influenza (also called Flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The best way to prevent this illness is by getting a flu vaccination each fall. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is an infection caused by a spirochete [spy’-ro-keet], which is a type of bacteria. The disease is carried primarily by “Black-Legged Ticks” (also commonly known as “deer ticks”), and can be transmitted to both animals and humans through tick bites.In New Jersey, this tick is primarily responsible for the spread of Lyme disease.

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus which can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man. The virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by contamination of an open cut. New Jersey is enzootic for raccoon and bat variants of rabies. Bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, cats, and dogs represent about 95% of animals diagnosed with rabies in the United States. Left untreated, rabies attacks the nervous system and causes death.

What is West Nile Virus?

What is the basic transmission cycle of WNV?
Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds, which may circulate the virus in their blood for a few days. After a short incubation period, the infected mosquito can then transmit WNV to humans and animals when biting to take blood.

NJ FamilyCare

NJ FamilyCare is federal and state funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access to affordable health insurance. NJ FamilyCare is for people who do not have employer insurance.

Head Lice Information for Parents

You should examine your child’s head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits if your child exhibits symptoms of a head lice infestation. If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2-3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated.

The Mid Bergen Regional Health Commission

James Fedorko - Health Officer

New Location: Garfield Health Department, 60 Elizabeth Street, Garfield, NJ 07026

973-340-3340 extension 4450

973-340-2000 extension 4450

Fax: 201-599-6325