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November 2018 - Practicing Food Safety this Holiday Season

June 2018 - Ticks

  • Montana ticks can carry the organisms that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tickborne relapsing fever, tularemia, and Colorado tick fever; however, Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases have not been found in Montana ticks.
  • Many tickborne diseases have similar signs and symptoms which can be severe if left untreated.
  • Prevent tick bites by limiting exposure to brushy and wooded areas; using EPA registered insect repellents; and by completing a tick check of clothing and your body after being outdoors

June 2017 - Staying Health Around Animals this Fair Season

  • Even healthy animals can carry Campylobacter, E. coli, Salmonella and other organisms that can cause diarrheal illness, and even life-threatening complications.
  • In 2015, 23% of Montanans infected with Campylobacter reported contact with cattle or poultry; and in 2016 about 10% infected with Salmonella reported contact with live poultry.
  • Illness can be prevented with proper hand washing, not eating or drinking in areas where animals are exhibited and supervising young children around animals. 

April 2017 - Food Recall Notices

  • Issuing food recall notices is an important step in preventing and controlling food-borne and waterborne illnesses and outbreaks.
  • From 2012 to 2016, of the several hundred official food recall notices that were issued, two were part of national outbreaks involving Montana residents, chicken salad, and cucumbers.
  • Food recalls are one part of a larger system to protect human and animal health that includes recalls of cosmetics, animal feed, medical products and other consumables coordinated by the USDA, FDA, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.