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Serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
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The Jefferson County Health Department now accepts Credit Card payments on our Website. We will be accepting Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Credit Card payments will incur a 3.99% processing fee. 

The Jefferson County Health Department will be closed on February 19, 2024 to celebrate President’s Day.

There will be a special meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Health on Friday February 23, 2024, at 9am. Find the Agenda here.

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Flu Vaccinations

Flu Vaccinations are now available by appointment. Please call 304-728-8416 to schedule today!

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PLEASE SHARE! 150 boxes of farm fresh food will be distributed in Martinsburg next Tuesday with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department!Volunteers needed! ... See MoreSee Less
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This past week, a Virginia Opossum admitted to the Center tested positive for rabies after being trapped in a relatively busy area of Winchester. She was one of many positive animals in Frederick/Clarke counties in the past few months. This is NOT a cause for alarm, but this case serves as a reminder that rabies is endemic in our area and that all mammals can become infected with rabies. If you find any mammal in need, NEVER handle that animal directly with bare hands - the health department had to be contacted in this case because finders were observed petting her. After the health department investigated the situation further, they determined that testing was necessary due to likely exposure.Even small, seemingly "safe" animals, like infant mice or squirrels, should be contained using appropriate personal protective equipment. For more dangerous mammals, always contact a permitted rehabilitator/Animal Control Officer for advice PRIOR to capture. Though rabies is not a concern in non-mammals, there are zoonotic diseases in all taxa and precautions should always be taken. Like all animals that must be euthanized for testing at our local health department, clinical signs and suspicion of disease are NOT a factor in whether or not an animal is tested. Requests for testing are made by the health department, based on direct exposure. For cases of suspected rabies where exposure was not a concern, bodies are submitted to a surveillance program run by the United States Department of Agriculture.Once symptoms develop, rabies is 100% fatal. Unlike some domestic species, wild species do not have known/valid quarantine time frames. Exposed pets and humans need post exposure treatment ASAP to prevent the onset of symptoms and death that would quickly follow. As a result, rabies exposures must be taken seriously.We are fortunate in the U.S. to have very few human cases of rabies (just 1-3 reported annually), largely due to the proper reporting and treatment of exposed individuals. Though we have largely controlled canine rabies in our country by disallowing free roaming dogs and requiring vaccines, cats remain the fourth most common rabies positive species in our state. Up to date rabies vaccination status should never be assumed in an unknown free-roaming animal (domestic or wild) and efforts should be made to avoid physical contact. Please help us protect wildlife that comes to the Center by using appropriate protection and closely following rehabilitator’s advice during a rescue. Help reduce the prevalence and risk of rabies by ensuring your dogs and cats are up to date on their rabies vaccines and never leave pets outdoors unsupervised/unleashed. If you are bitten by a wild mammal or free-roaming cat or dog, please do not panic! Report the bite to your doctor when you get the wound assessed and report to your local health department. If it is a dog or cat and the owner is nearby, be sure to ask them about rabies vaccine status. #OneHealth #Rabies #VaccinateYourPets #WildlifeHospital ... See MoreSee Less
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Jefferson County Board of Health will hold a special meeting to review and adopt a new local rule for Environmental Health Fees for Permits and Services prior to a legislative changes that will repeal the current state rule 64 CSR 30 (Fees for Permits) and remove all references to Local Boards of Health from the state rule 64 CSR 51(Fees for Services). The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 9:00 am. To sign up for public comment please email JeffersonBOH@wv.gov. To join the meeting use the following link:us02web.zoom.us/j/85031980247?pwd=a2h2Qk83MHRvUitRYy9kQnZkVzZLQT09 ... See MoreSee Less
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Our office will be closed today, Tuesday, February 13th due to inclement weather. If you have a public health emergency, please call our after hours phone at 304-820-3658. ... See MoreSee Less
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‼️ Rabies Alert ‼️ Our office has received notice that a fox that was found in the Duncan Road area of Harpers Ferry tested positive for the Rabies virus. If you or your animal may have had contact with the fox, please contact our office at 304-728-8416. ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you ever wondered what the dates on your food items mean? Check out our February issue of "The Dish"! For more Food Safety information visit our website here: www.jchdwv.org/bite-sized-news-food-safety-newsletters/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Our mission is to protect the health of the public through the provision of public health services including communicable and reportable disease services, community health promotion, environmental health services and threat preparedness. This is accomplished through clinics, educational material, enforcement, disease control, planning, immunization, technical assistance and inspections. Our medical services are available to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or ability to pay.

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