Disease

Animas Valley mosquito samples test positive for West Nile virus

Three mosquito samples from the Animas Valley have tested positive for West Nile virus over the last two weeks. The samples are the first collected by the Animas Mosquito Control District to test...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas Mosquito Control District to ask for property tax increase

The Animas Mosquito Control District says more funds are needed to battle the blood-sucking, disease-carrying, picnic-ruining pests. The special district plans to ask residents to increase...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ticks likely to thrive in cool, wet conditions

This year’s cool, wet spring likely made life comfortable for ticks across the state and increased the chances of encountering one of the disease-carrying insects in Southwest Colorado. Already the...

DATE: June 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango endometriosis specialist offers patients relief from pain

An internationally known specialist in endometriosis opened a second clinic in Durango, drawing patients who have often endured pain from their condition for 10 years and undergone failed...

DATE: April 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

MS Society rebuilding to help patients live active, independent lives

Durangoan Ian Altman was diagnosed 20 years ago with multiple sclerosis. But he hasn’t let the diagnosis slow him down. Altman continues to ski and rock climb, and he is now a teacher and...

DATE: April 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health may improve as regional poverty rates fall

Child poverty rates are falling in the region, a positive sign for long-term public health, according to new health rankings. Social and economic factors, such as child poverty and educational...

DATE: March 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

As drug use rises, so does the spread of syphilis

Syphilis is spreading nationally and across Colorado among residents using drugs, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Heterosexual syphilis and drug...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County ranks high for sexually transmitted disease

Sexually transmitted diseases have reached record levels for the fourth consecutive year in Colorado, and La Plata County is not immune to the trend. La Plata County ranked high among Colorado...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango fourth-grader dispels myths about diabetes

Adaira Nachtrieb, 9, passed out the day she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she told an attentive group of her peers late last year. “I had to drink a lot of water and was really thirsty and...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Animas High School warns of hand, foot and mouth disease

Animas High School is warning students and parents of a case of hand, foot and mouth disease among the student body. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a contagious illness caused by different...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

1 death linked to ongoing turkey salmonella outbreak

NEW YORK – Federal health officials on Thursday reported the first death in an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the death was in...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Animas High warns parents, students about mono case

Animas High School is warning students and parents of a case of mononucleosis at the school. The school found out about the case among the student body Tuesday and plans to take preventive steps,...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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