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DISASTER FOOD STAMP ASSISTANCE 8 DAYS ONLY!

Disaster Food Stamp Applications will be Accepted at
Pender County Agricultural Building
801 S. Walker St.
Burgaw, NC 28425

On the following dates:

Friday, September 28th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 29th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, October 1st 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 2nd 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 3rd 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, October 4th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, October 5th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 6th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

All current Food Stamp recipients do not need to apply, replacement benefits of 60% and supplements will be placed automatically on your EBT card. Replacement of FNS benefits will be placed on current recipients EBT card Thursday, Sept. 27

State Science Advisory Board seeks public input on draft GenX report

Officials with the N.C. Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board are asking the public for input on a report that will provide recommendations on a reference dose to be used to establish water quality standards, as well as recommendations on the derivation and calculation of the health goal for GenX. The draft report is the culmination of extensive research and deliberations by the board, which provides guidance to the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services as the agencies work to address emerging compounds statewide.

The public comment period for submitting comments on the draft GenX report will run Aug. 30 through Sept. 28, 2018. The draft report, research documents, presentations and audio recordings of past board meeting discussions are available for review on the DEQ website at https://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-topics/genx-investigation/secretaries-science-advisory-board.

Public comments may be submitted by email to Comments.SABReport@ncdenr.gov. Please be sure to include “GenX Report” in the email’s subject line. Comments may also be submitted by mail to NCDEQ, Attn: Louise Hughes, 1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1601. All comments received by the Sept. 28 closing date will be considered in finalizing the report.

The Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board assists the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health and Human Services by providing guidance on how to manage emerging compounds to better protect public health and the environment. Appointed by the DEQ and DHHS secretaries, the 16 board members come from academic institutions and the public and private sectors.

To learn more about the state’s investigation into GenX and the Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, please visit https://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-topics/genx-investigation.

International Overdose Awareness Day

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.

This is a global event held on August 31st each year which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

The tragedy of overdose is far too frequent, but is ultimately preventable.

Click the link to find out more https://www.overdoseday.com/

Does Your Child Have Health Insurance?

Your child may qualify for healthcare coverage through North Carolina’s Medicaid or Health Choice (CHIP) grant program-free or low cost health insurance for children and teens.  Even children in a family of four with working parents earning $52,968 a year or slightly more may qualify.  For more information please call the NCDHHS Customer Service Center at 1-800-662-7030 between 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.   Go to the following website for additional information on how and where to apply:  https://www2.ncdhhs.gov/dph/wch/families/hchcoutreach.htm

PENDER COUNTY HEALTH ALERT: Warm weather, recent rain brings mosquitoes and potential for diseases

The Pender County Health Department is encouraging residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites because recent weather conditions have created an environment for mosquitoes to thrive. Mosquitoes carry diseases such as the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).

EEE can occur in humans and horses and was recently identified in a donkey in a neighboring county with onset of July 21st, 2018. EEE is a rare disease in both horses and humans but is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States, with approximately 33% mortality in humans, and significant brain damage in those that survive.

Symptoms in people develop from 4 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Infection can result in mild or serious symptoms. The less serious form is characterized by a rapid onset of chills, fever, headache, and joint/muscle pain which lasts for 1 to 2 weeks, followed by complete recovery. The serious form progresses into additional symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, a bluish tinge to the skin, convulsions, and even coma.   Survivors of this serious form of EEE may suffer from long-term effects to the nervous system. Persons under age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of developing severe disease. Therapy can treat the symptoms of the disease but there is no specific cure. There is a vaccine for horses to prevent EEE but not for humans.

West Nile Virus is mainly a disease of birds but can sometimes infect people, horses and other animals. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms at all. Some people will have mild symptoms while others may develop serious disease that can include high fever, convulsions, paralysis and, in some cases, lasting neurological effects. People who develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, should seek medical attention immediately. Severe WNV illness usually requires hospitalization. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. There has been one death from WNV in North Carolina already this year.

Pender County Health Department’s Mosquito and Vector Control Division is actively spraying for adult mosquitoes in the county and will continue to do so until mosquito populations are reduced. The best defense against EEE and WNV infection and other mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid mosquito bites. Pender County’s Environmental Health Director, Vence Dodge urges residents to take the following precautions:

  • To make your home and yard less mosquito friendly, pour out any standing water, and remove any containers that can hold water, such as, barrels, tires, old cans, and wading pools; change water in bird baths and pet bowls at least twice a week.
  • Keep gutters clean and in good repair.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets and replace window and door screens that have rips or tears.
  • For standing water around homes that can’t be eliminated consider purchasing larvicide tablets, also known as mosquito dunks, or come to the health department for some that are available free of charge.
  • Avoid outdoor activities during peak mosquito biting hours (from one hour before to one hour after dusk and dawn); wear long pants, shoes, socks, and long-sleeved shirts if outdoors around twilight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend several repellents against mosquitoes – DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consumers should look for products that contain the CDC-recommended ingredients and should read and follow all label instructions.

If you own horses consult with your veterinarian regarding the proper vaccinations and change the water in water troughs at least twice a week to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds

For more information regarding mosquitoes or mosquito control in your areas please contact Pender County Health Department Mosquito and Vector Control Division at 910-259-1326.

48-Hour Boil Water Advisory in Effect for Surf City

ATTENTION Surf City residents and vacation goers!

Early this morning water service had been unexpectedly interrupted for the island portion of Surf City.

The Surf City Police Chief said water has been restored, but there is a 48-hour boil water advisory in effect, because the water system lost pressure last night.

This is the latest update from The Surf City Police Department, “This is the Town of Surf City notifying you that there was an unexpected issue with water line maintenance associated with the new bridge. Water service has been restored, however, there is a precautionary boil water advisory currently in effect for your area from Sea Oaks Drive on the mainland onto the Island. Those on the ONWASA are not affected. You will be notified when the boil water advisory has been lifted. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Health Department at (910) 259-1230

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