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Costco Chicken Salad May Be Contaminated with E. coli

If you bought chicken salad at a Montana Costco store between Oct. 18 and Nov. 23, don't eat it! It may be contaminated with E. coli. Six people in Gallatin, Lewis and Clark and Yellowstone counties have become ill. Two of them were hospitalized. These cases are part of a larger outbreak involving multiple states. Costco has already voluntarily removed the chicken salad (item #37719) from their shelves. Get more information here.

New Report Reveals Health Status of County Population

Local health officials have released a report that provides a snapshot of the health of Lewis and Clark County residents. It will be used to help focus local efforts to improve overall health. The 2015 Community Health Report is the result of a year’s collaboration between Lewis and Clark Public Health and St. Peter’s Hospital. It includes comparative data for the county, state, and nation, as well as data on emerging trends at the local level. It also includes results from recent surveys of local residents, in which they provided their perceptions of the county’s most pressing health needs.
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Deadly Lung Disease, COPD, Too Common in County

Recent data show a troubling level of COPD in Lewis and Clark County. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a term used to describe a set of lung diseases that includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and some asthma. It’s characterized by breathing problems that get progressively worse, and it’s caused by long-term exposure to irritants that damage the lungs and airways. It’s the third leading cause of death in Montana and the nation after cancer and heart disease. Find out more about how COPD is impacting our community.

Air Quality Monitoring Season Is Under Way

Lewis and Clark Public Health began issuing daily air-quality alerts November 1, as it enforces local regulations aimed at reducing air pollution during the fall and winter seasons. From now through February, use of woodstoves and fireplaces depends on air quality. Updates on air-quality status will be provided daily on our website and by phone at 406-447-1644. Learn more about the air quality regulations.

New State Law Allows Sale of 'Cottage Foods'

A new state law went into effect October 1, allowing entrepreneurs to prepare low-risk foods like jams and baked goods in home kitchens and sell those products directly to consumers. The Cottage Food Law includes several safety measures to protect consumers. Special labels are required indicating the source of production. If you're interested in producing and selling cottage foods, you must register with our Licensed Establishment Program. You can find a permit application and draft regulations on our website.

Flu Makes Early Appearance This Year in County

Lab tests have confirmed the first case of flu in the county this season. It's almost a month earlier than usual! That means it's time to start thinking about an annual flu shot if you haven't already. Vaccination is the single best way to prevent the flu, which can be a serious and even fatal disease. Learn more about flu season and how best to weather it.

Melanie Reynolds
Health Officer

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