Health Department

Beat the Heat

Extreme heat and humidity can cause heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Protect yourself from risks related to hot weather by staying hydrated and finding an air conditioned place to cool off.

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

HPAI has been detected in poultry flocks and dairy herds across Michigan. Owners should take biosecurity measures to protect their flocks and herds.

Keep Ticks Off!

Ticks can carry serious diseases that can be passed to humans and pets through a bite.

Animal Bites and Rabies Exposure

Exposure to rabies occurs when a person comes into direct contact with a bat or is bitten by a bat, dog, or other animal. If you have been exposed to a bat or bitten by an animal, wash the bitten area, seek medical attention, and report the bite/exposure to LCHD.

International Travel Clinic

Do you have international travel plans? Make an appointment with our International Travel Clinic to protect yourself from diseases that are only a plane ride away.

Free HIV Testing Available

Everyone is recommended to get tested for HIV at least once. Free, rapid, and confidential HIV testing is available at LCHD. 

Immunizations

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Media Releases

Community Resources

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquitoes can carry diseases like West Nile Virus. Livingston County Health Department actively monitors mosquito-borne diseases in the county and offers guidance on preventative measures.

Animal Bites & Rabies Exposures

Animal bites and scratches can spread rabies. While most animals that bite will not have rabies, proper precautions and follow-up can limit severe outcomes. LCHD investigates bites, scratches, and rabies exposures to ensure that this fatal disease does not spread.

Dental Center

The MCDC Livingston Dental Center, owned by the Livingston County Health Department and operated by My Community Dental Centers, provides quality oral health care to all patients in need of a new dental home.

Latest News

Stay Safe During Multi-Day Heat Event

June 14, 2024

The CDC/National Weather Service HeatRisk Experimental Tool is forecasting a multiple-day heat event starting Monday, June 17 and potentially going through Friday, June 21.

Livingston County residents should take steps to protect themselves from risks related to hot weather. Heat and humidity can cause heat-related illness. Severe heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If not treated, heat exhaustion can worsen and cause heat stroke or death. Anyone can be affected by heat, but people most at risk include those without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration.

Click here to learn how to spot the signs of heat-related illness and how to stay cool.

 

In Livingston County, The Salvation Army acts as a cooling shelter for those who need to get out of the heat.

Where: 503 Lake Street, Howell, MI
When: Monday-Friday, 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

The building is not open on holidays. Check The Salvation Army’s Facebook page for closure information: www.facebook.com/TSASSOFLC

Take Action to Prevent Mosquito and Tick Bites

June 5, 2024

Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) is encouraging residents to take precautions against mosquito and tick bites this summer. Mosquitoes in Michigan may carry viruses like West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which can be passed to people or animals through a bite from an infected mosquito. Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and anaplasmosis, and can cause Alpha-gal syndrome, also known as the red-meat allergy or tick-bite meat allergy.

It only takes one bite to transmit disease. Everyone in the community should take steps to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes or ticks. 

 

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Detected in Michigan Poultry Flocks and Dairy Herds

May 3, 2024

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in several poultry flocks and dairy herds across Michigan.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly called “bird flu,” is a virus found among various species of birds. HPAI viruses can infect domestic poultry, which includes chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl. The virus also infects a wide variety of other birds, including wild migratory waterfowl. HPAI has even been detected in various species of mammals—presumably after the animals come into contact with infected wild birds.

HPAI is a highly contagious virus in birds and poultry that can be spread directly by infected wild birds or animals or indirectly through any item that has been exposed to the virus, such as equipment, feed, or the clothing and shoes of caretakers. It is crucial for every farmer/producer to protect their animals from wild birds and the germs they could be carrying.

Whether it’s a few backyard birds/cattle or a large commercial flock/herd, following a few key steps is fundamental to protecting their health:

  • Prevent contact between your animals and wildlife.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling animals as well as when moving between coops or other farms.
  • Disinfect boots and other gear when moving between coops or other farms.
  • Do not share equipment or other supplies between coops or other farms.
  • Clean and disinfect equipment and other supplies between uses. If it cannot be disinfected, discard it.
  • Use well or municipal water as drinking water for animals.
  • Keep feed secure to ensure there is no contact between the feed/feed ingredients and wild birds or rodents.

 

Talk to your veterinarian about any animal health-related concerns. Suspected HPAI infections can be reported using the information below:

Domestic Animals

  • 800-292-3939 (daytime)
  • 517-373-0440 or 412-847-2255 (after-hours)

Wildlife

  • 517-336-5030
  • Eyes in the Field: a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Online Form

 

Find the latest HPAI updates and learn more prevention tips by visiting Michigan.gov/BirdFlu.

Michigan Experiences First Cases of Measles Since 2019

April 24, 2024

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed several cases of measles across multiple Michigan counties. These are the first confirmed cases of measles in the state since 2019. MDHHS is recommending unvaccinated individuals ages 1 year and older receive measles vaccination to protect themselves and those around them.

Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable disease that is spread by direct person-to-person contact, and through the air. The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present.

The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. A single dose of measles vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles, while two doses are about 97% effective. It is also effective if used within 72 hours of a measles exposure to prevent illness. With the risk for community spread, parents are encouraged to make sure their children are up to date on all their childhood immunizations, including the measles vaccine.

Learn more about measles including prevention tips and common symptoms by visiting: milivcounty.gov/health/disease-control/measles.

LCHD Launches International Travel Clinic

March 14, 2024

The Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) is excited to announce the launch of its International Travel Clinic which provides consultation and immunizations to anyone looking for health advice before travel.

From immunizations to food safety, it is very important that you prepare yourself to stay healthy while traveling abroad. The International Travel Clinic is available by appointment to anyone traveling for business related purposes or for leisure travel. Our staff of travel nurses, trained in infectious diseases, have access to the latest information concerning health risks and vaccine requirements specific to travel destinations around the world.

The specialized team at the International Travel Clinic offers services to prepare you for your trip, resources to guide you while you travel, and follow up care should you develop symptoms upon your return. Learn more and schedule you appointment by visiting: milivcounty.gov/health/international-travel-clinic.

LCHD Encourages HIV Testing After Increase in Newly Diagnosed Cases

February 28, 2024

There has been a significant increase in newly diagnosed HIV cases in Livingston County since the end of 2023. Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) is using this opportunity to remind residents that everyone is recommended to get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime and annual testing is recommended for people at higher risk.

Testing is the only way to know your HIV status. Free, rapid, and confidential HIV testing is available at LCHD by appointment. HIV self-tests are also available to ship directly to your home.

Learn more and schedule an appointment by visiting: milivcounty.gov/health/personal-health/hiv-testing.

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Our Mission
Livingston County Health Department will protect, preserve, and promote the health and safety of the people of Livingston County.

Our Vision
Livingston County will be a safe and healthy community where all people realize their fullest health potential and live enriched and productive lives.

 

Livingston County Health Department Staff – Public Health Week 2022

Last Modified June 14, 2024

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Matt Bolang

Matt Bolang
Health Officer

Phone

(517) 546-9850

Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Location

2300 E Grand River Ave
Suite 102
Howell, MI 48843

Fax

(517) 546-6995