Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow 3-1-24

March 1, 2024

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — The Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred on February 29. The cause was a catastrophic pump failure.

The SSO occurred at a manhole near Sea Pearl Seafood (14120 Shell Belt Road). More than 1,000 gallons and less than 10,000 gallons of wastewater reached Bayou La Batre.

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Bayou La Batre for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MCHD recommends taking measures to avoid contracting norovirus 02.29.2024

February 29, 2024

MCHD recommends taking measures to avoid contracting norovirus

MOBILE, Ala. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report a current spike in cases of norovirus, the highly contagious illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Since a low of 2.5 percent positive cases reported in the southeastern United States during October 2023, recent CDC data from participating labs shows it has climbed to 9.6 percent as of February 10.

“While we have not seen an unusual increase in gastrointestinal illnesses in Mobile County emergency departments, we did have a norovirus outbreak that occurred in a local nursing home recently,” said Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County.

Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus. Norovirus is sometimes called the “stomach flu” or “stomach bug.” However, norovirus illness is not related to the flu, which is caused by influenza virus.

“There are several ways to protect yourself and others from norovirus,” said Dr. Michaels. “Norovirus is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person, by consuming contaminated food or water, and by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching your mouth.”

Norovirus is notably contagious during the period of active symptoms and can continue to be spread by an infected person for several days after recovery. For more comprehensive information, please visit the CDC’s guide on norovirus transmission at https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/about/transmission.html.

Norovirus symptoms include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Other symptoms can be fever, headache, and body aches. Symptoms usually develop 12 to 48 hours after exposure and can be severe, especially in young children and older adults. It is important to stay hydrated and seek medical advice if needed.

To prevent the spread of norovirus, consider these strategies:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers, and before eating or preparing food.
  • Thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables, and cook shellfish to an internal temperature of at least 145°F.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, especially after vomiting or diarrhea incidents, using a chlorine bleach solution or an EPA-registered product against norovirus.
  • Avoid preparing food for others or providing care when sick and for at least two days after symptoms cease.
  • Wash contaminated laundry in hot water and dry on the highest heat setting.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage 2-29-24

February 29, 2024

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on February 28 from a manhole at 3851 Government Boulevard (on the golf course). Approximately 1,325 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Montlimar Creek as a result of a grease blockage on the main line.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage. Steps will be taken to prevent future overflows at this location.

Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Montlimar Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

Rabies clinics planned in March for dogs, cats, ferrets 02.27.2024

February 27, 2024

Rabies clinics planned in March for dogs, cats, ferrets

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are good for one year during weekend clinics. Here is a list of the rabies clinics planned during Saturdays in March across Mobile County:

• March 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• March 9, 9 a.m. to noon, hosted by Prichard Animal Shelter, 2402 West Rebel Road (the clinic will be in the Prichard Municipal Stadium parking lot)
• March 9, 1 to 3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• March 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Fest at Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• March 23, 1 to 3 p.m., B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile
• March 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kuddles-N-Kisses Connection, 11120 Meadow Lark Road in Grand Bay

These events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash.

Each month, MCHD’s Rabies Officer provides residents with low-cost vaccines for their pet dogs, cats, and ferrets at a variety of locations. The state of Alabama tasks local health departments with providing affordable rabies vaccinations to pet owners. MCHD’s Rabies Officer provided 212 vaccinations (171 dogs and 41 cats) during February.

Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. Symptoms of rabies include unusual behavior, irritability, headache, fever, inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma, and, finally, death. All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.

MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 2,004 household pets (1,600 dogs and 404 cats) in 2023. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

A Rabies Quarantine Fact Sheet is available through the Alabama Department of Public Health at https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/rabiesquarantinefactsheet.pdf.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage 2-26-24

February 26, 2024

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on February 23 from a manhole at 6554 Hounds Run North. Approximately 11,625 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Twelve Mile Creek as a result of a grease blockage on the main line.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage. Steps will be taken to prevent future overflows at this location.

Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Twelve Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash their hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MCHD Cannon Team gets makeover in 2024 02.24.2024

February 24, 2024

MCHD Cannon Team gets makeover in 2024

MOBILE, Ala. — In 2016, an initiative called “MCHD Declares War on Physical Inactivity” began. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, then serving as Health Officer for Mobile County, pointed out that Alabama has one of the highest obesity percentages in America.

In an effort to encourage residents to go outside and enjoy our beautiful surroundings while exercising, Dr. Eichold arranged to borrow a Civil War re-enactment cannon to serve as the “starting gun” for the Azalea Trail Run that year. The response was so positive that Dr. Eichold acquired funds to purchase our own weapon to battle obesity, and the “Cannon Team” was formed.

MCHD has participated in a variety of outreach events over the years. Now, in a move to better describe its mission, the unit has changed its name to the “Activities Team.”

The squad made its first outing of 2024 this morning to signal the start of the Cub Scout Pack 84’s Pinewood Derby at Crossroads Baptist Church in Mobile.

The derby is a wooden car racing event. Scouts build unpowered, unmanned miniature cars from a block of pine wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles. The cars are propelled by gravity down a track. The first Pinewood Derby occurred on May 15, 1953, in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, who assumed the position of Health Officer in 2022, has continued supporting the Activities Team’s mission. He participates in community events and encourages residents to go outside and enjoy our beautiful surroundings while exercising.

The Lyle Line-Throwing Cannon, which has a 2.5-inch-diameter barrel, was manufactured by Coston in the early 1900s. It is not a replica, reproduction, or toy. The cannon was designed to fire a projectile attached to a rope to a boat or a victim in distress. Now, it is used to inspire those seeking a healthier lifestyle and just getting outside to enjoy our wonderful surroundings.

Derrick Scott supervises a team of MCHD employees that has been trained to safely use the device. Joining him on Saturday were Tameka Morris (who fired the cannon), Edward Franklin, Tracey Hall, Eddie Jones, Gwendolyn Jones, Pebbles King, Roxanne Lee, Adrian Perdue, Michelle Suggs, William Taylor, LaJoya Todd, and Henry Wright.

Any other groups interested in having the MCHD Activities Team attend their event should contact the Office of Communications by calling 251-690-8823 or via email at mbryant@mchd.org.

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