Bear River Health Department reports an increase of tuberculosis in 2016

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The Bear River Health Department works to help citizens of Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties live healthier, longer lives, according to Jill Parker. Parker is the department’s communications and public relations director.

Parker presented the department’s annual report to the Cache County Council on Tuesday. Parker said the department provided 61 mammogram vouchers during the past year and tested 31 people for the Zika virus.

She said there were 108 cases of tuberculosis confirmed, which is an increase over previous years.

“TB cases aren’t just about a blood test or a chest x-ray and then check them off and move along,” Parker explained. “Many of these cases, while they were latent so they’re not infectious, still required daily observation therapy.

“We had patients coming in to the department every day, receiving medication. So they had to be observed.”

Parker said 430 temporary food permits were issued, 17 food truck permits were issued and 188 way-finding signs were placed throughout the area.

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