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County Health Updates
Legionnaires’ Disease Confirmed in Lake County
The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) has received test results confirming a single case of Legionnaires’ disease in a Lake County nursing home. LCGHD is currently working with officials from Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the nursing home to investigate the illness. The nursing home has fully cooperated with health officials and has taken precautionary steps to protect the staff and residents of the nursing home. At this time, the source of infection is unknown. LCGHD is not aware of any other cases at this time.
Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide
As we move into colder weather, Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is reminding everyone to protect themselves from sources of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning that are more commonly in use this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning each year. It is also reported that each year more than 20,000 Americans visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 Americans are hospitalized due to CO poisoning.
Age to Purchase Tobacco and Nicotine Products is Now 21
Ohio’s new “Tobacco 21” law takes effect today, October 17, 2019. The law raises the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, vaping, and other nicotine products from 18 to 21. It will also be illegal to give such products to others under age 21. Tobacco use is the foremost preventable cause of premature death in the United States, is responsible for approximately 480,000 deaths a year, and has contributed to 208 million premature deaths in the United States since the Surgeon General’s 1964 smoking report. Moreover, smoking is linked to $300 billion in national health care and lost productivity costs per year. “Tobacco 21 represents an opportunity for public health law to mitigate an important national health risk,” commented Lake County Health Commissioner Ron Graham. “We applaud the jurisdictions that have already adopted Tobacco 21 voluntarily, such as the City of Wickliffe, who did so on May 29, 2018. This legislation will protect our youth from unnecessary illness and lifelong addiction.”
Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Vaping in Lake County
Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is reminding residents of the dangers of severe pulmonary disease associated with “vaping” through the use of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products. Lake County is currently investigating two reported cases; however, no additional information is available at this time. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has reported 22 cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping since October 1, 2019. These cases included males and females, ages 15-59. All cases had to be hospitalized.