PSA Release

 

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) represents the following counties:

Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce and Rock

422 East Douglas Street, O’Neill, Nebraska 68763

Phone: (402)336-2406 Fax: (402)336-1768

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                   FOR MORE INFORMATION:

July 13, 2018                                                           Elizabeth Parks: 402-336-2406

                                                                                     Heidi Hostert: 402-336-2406

                                                                                             

 

“Cluster of Cyclospora Cases”

Public Service Announcement

 

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) is collaborating with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as well as CDC in investigating an increase in people becoming sick from the parasite Cyclospora in the district. NCDHD represents the following counties: Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce and Rock.

 

Two other nearby states have noticed a similar increase in Cyclospora associated with  the possible consumption of salads from McDonald’s restaurants. McDonald’s is also investigating the issue and has been fully cooperating with health officials.

 

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include:

  • Frequent watery diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

 

It may take a week or more for symptoms to start after consuming the contaminated food product with the illness lasting from a few days to a few months. People might feel better, then get worse again and following diagnosis can be treated with antibiotics.

 

North Central District Health Department encourages anyone who has experienced the above symptoms and may have eaten a salad at McDonald’s since early June and experienced diarrhea and fatigue to contact a health care provider to be tested and receive treatment. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

updated July 13, 2018

 

updated 6-1-2018

AVISO SOBRE EL AGUA DE 24 HORAS
AVISO IMPORTANTE SOBRE SU AGUA POTABLE
De acuerdo con el Reglamento Nacional de Agua Potable Primaria, la ciudad de O’Neill, NE 3108904, sistema público de suministro de agua en el Condado de HOLT, está haciendo público el incumplimiento de las normas microbiológicas del agua potable. La violación consiste en la detección de bacterias E. coli en su sistema de distribución durante el mes de mayo de 2018.
En este momento, para los residentes de O’Neill en la línea de agua de la ciudad, si desean usar agua de la ciudad, deben hervir toda el agua, dejar que hierva durante 1 minuto y enfriar antes de usarla. O usa agua embotellada. Se debe usar agua hervida o embotellada para beber, hacer hielo, cepillarse los dientes, lavar los platos y preparar los alimentos hasta nuevo aviso. La ebullición mata las bacterias y otros organismos en el agua. Si te estás bañando o tomando una ducha que está bien, simplemente no ingieres agua.

  1. coli son bacterias cuya presencia indica que el agua puede estar contaminada con desechos humanos o animales. Los patógenos humanos en estos desechos pueden causar efectos a corto plazo, como diarrea, calambres, náuseas, dolores de cabeza u otros síntomas. Pueden suponer un riesgo especial para la salud de los bebés, los niños pequeños, algunos de los ancianos y las personas con sistemas inmunes gravemente comprometidos.

Los síntomas anteriores no son causados ​​solo por organismos en el agua potable. Si experimenta cualquiera de estos síntomas y persisten, es posible que desee consultar a un médico. Las personas con mayor riesgo deben consultar a los proveedores de servicios de salud acerca de su agua potable.
La contaminación bacteriana puede ocurrir cuando un mayor escurrimiento ingresa a la fuente de agua potable (por ejemplo, después de fuertes lluvias). También puede ocurrir debido a una interrupción en el sistema de distribución (tuberías) o una falla en el tratamiento del agua.
Encontramos bacterias E.coli que indican la necesidad de buscar posibles problemas en el tratamiento o la distribución del agua. Cuando esto ocurre, debemos realizar una evaluación para identificar problemas y corregir los problemas que se encontraron durante estas evaluaciones.
El sistema público de suministro de agua de la Ciudad de O’Neill continúa realizando pruebas y está trabajando con el Programa de Agua Potable para identificar el origen del problema y para devolver el cumplimiento del sistema de suministro de agua.
La ciudad ya ha comenzado la desinfección del sistema de agua. Le informaremos cuando la prueba no muestre más contaminación y ya no necesitará hervir el agua.
Si necesita llamar a la ciudad con respecto a esto, el único número que debe llamarse es el Comisionado de Agua de O’Neill Curtis Kizzire al 402-340-7827. Las pautas generales sobre las formas de disminuir el riesgo de infección por microbios están disponibles en la línea directa de Agua Potable Segura de la EPA al 1-800-426-4791.
Tan pronto como la Ciudad de O’Neill reciba los resultados de las pruebas o cualquier noticia sobre el sistema de agua, lo notificará al público a través de la radio y las redes sociales. Comparta esta información con otras personas que conoce en O’Neill que están en el sistema de agua de la ciudad para que podamos correr la voz rápidamente.

Updated May 24, 2018

 

 

 

24 HOUR BOIL WATER NOTICE
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

In accordance with the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, the City of O’Neill, NE3108904, public water supply system in HOLT County, is hereby making public notice of the violation of drinking water microbiological standards. The violation consists of the detection of E.coli bacteria in its distribution system during the month of May, 2018.

At this time for residents of O’Neill on the city water line, if you are wishing to use city water, you must bring all water to a boil, let it boil for 1 minute, and cool before using. Or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. If you are bathing or taking a shower that is okay, just do not ingest any water.

E.coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symtoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice from health care providers about their drinking water.

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased runoff enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment.

We found E.coli bacteria indicating the need to look for potential problems in water treatment or distribution. When this occurs we are required to conduct an assessment to identify problems and to correct any problems that were found during these assessments.

The City of O’Neill public water supply system is continuing to test and is working with the Drinking Water Program to identify the source of the problem and to return the water supply system to compliance.

The City has already started disinfection of the water system. We will inform you when test show no further contamination and you no longer need to boil your water.

If you need to call the city regarding this, the only number that should be called is O’Neill Water Commissioner Curtis Kizzire at 402-340-7827. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
As soon as the City of O’Neill receives any test results or any news on the water system they will notify the public via radio and social media. Please share this information with other people you know in O’Neill that are on the city water system so we get the word out quickly

 

Updated May, 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

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