Animal & Insects
According to the CDC, 75% of emerging infectious diseases come from animals. Recognizing this, Greene County Public Health works to protect the public from disease through surveillance, education, and control. The safety of the public and our staff is a priority for the Health District. To aid in identification, our Environmental Health inspection staff carry a photo identification card. We encourage, and our inspecting staff welcome, the public to ask to see their identification to prevent unauthorized access to a building, business, or home. No Health District personnel will ever treat an operator, business owner, or homeowner differently for asking for identification. Should someone arrive at your location and not be able to produce identification, please turn them away and call our office immediately.
Mosquitoes are a potential carrier of many diseases that affect humans, including Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, and La Crosse Encephalitis. The Greene County Public Health District conducts many activities to prevent mosquito-borne disease transmission, including observational community surveys, education/advertisements, larval mosquito surveillance and control, avian surveillance, adult mosquito surveillance and control, and human/animal disease surveillance.
Rabies is a viral disease spread by infected mammals, like bats, dogs, cats, ferrets, skunks, and raccoons. Humans that come in contact with a rabid, or potentially rabid animal, can also be infected. The result is death if left untreated. Recognizing the dangers associated with rabies, the Greene County Public Health District works to protect the public from the threat of rabies. This is performed by monitoring bite/exposure events, investigating exposures, prohibiting wild/exotic animals in the Health District, and requiring residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies.