MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 30, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 29 at 8010 Silverpine Road. Approximately 179 gallons of wastewater overflowed because of a break on a sewer force main. The overflow was contained and did not reach state waters. MAWSS crews have repaired the force main and are taking steps to prevent further overflows at this location. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, 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.

-30-

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 28, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 25 at 4519 Cypress Business Park Drive. Approximately 552,000 gallons of sewer overflowed into Halls Mill Creek as a result of a corroded ductile iron sewer mainline that is 20 feet underground. MAWSS crews have since discovered additional fractures on the mainline. While working to repair the mainline, the overflow resumed and has spilled an additional 30,000 gallons that is being contained and not currently overflowing into Halls Mill Creek. At 4505 Brentwood Drive, 3,300 gallons has overflowed from a clean-out and spilled into an unnamed tributary of Halls Mill Creek. Water quality sampling is being performed by an independent laboratory. Clean up and mitigation of the soil is underway. Contaminated soil will be properly disposed of. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, 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 Halls Mill Creek for recreational purposes because of the overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

-30-

Mobile County Commission honors Dr. Eichold on a milestone

April 28, 2021

Mobile County Commission honors Dr. Eichold on a milestone

MOBILE, Ala. — Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II accepted the position of Health Officer for Mobile County on May 1, 1990. He will be observing his 31st year at the helm of the Mobile County Health Department on Saturday.

In recognition of the anniversary, the Mobile County Commission presented Dr. Eichold with a Commendation of Professional Achievement this week. It stated: “The Mobile County Commission wishes to applaud Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II on his extraordinary professional achievements on the occasion of his 31st anniversary as Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department. Furthermore, we extend our congratulations and best wishes to him for continued success.”

Dr. Eichold shared the previous mark for longest tenure in Mobile County with Dr. Otis Leon Chason, who served as Health Officer from 1934 to 1964. Now following research with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Jefferson County Department of Health, it appears no other health officer in Alabama has ever served as long as Dr. Eichold.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure being the doctor for our community for over 30 years,” Dr. Eichold said. “In that time, we have reduced teenage pregnancy by 40 percent. We have used philanthropic dollars to empower a team of students to work against tobacco use. “We have worked with churches, industries, and individual citizens to improve their personal health, those of their employees and their congregations. We remain the only health department in the state that is both Joint Commission accredited for Ambulatory Health Care and a Federally Qualified Health Center.”

This was just the latest recognitions to be bestowed upon Dr. Eichold. He was presented with the 2018 Laureate Award by the American College of Physicians’ Alabama Chapter. This follows a special honor received that same year from Tulane University, which named him Alumni of the Year for the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Born and raised in Mobile, Dr. Eichold has obtained multiple academic degrees from Tulane. These include Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Public Health degrees. “Without my education, I could not have served as many persons and organizations,” Dr. Eichold said at that time. “My father stated education is the key to opportunity.”

This love of learning has deep roots in the Eichold family. His father Samuel and mother Charlotte stressed the value of education and community service. Dr. Sam Eichold II was the first Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama’s College of Medicine. The Mobile County Public School System recognized his many civic achievements and support of education by naming Eichold-Mertz Elementary School on Government Boulevard in his honor.

Previously when the elementary students advance, they were given a printed bookmark to remind them of Dr. Sam’s sayings: “The Foundations of Life are based on Discipline, Desire, Determination, Discretion and Duty. The Virtues of Life are Courtesy, Cleanliness, Punctuality, and Loyalty.”

Dr. Sam Eichold was presented with the ACP’s Laureate Award in 1993. Two other honorees – John McGehee in 1997 and Steve Davis in 2007 – served with Dr. Bert Eichold in private practice before he became Health Officer.

Dr. Bert Eichold served his country in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain, F.S, M.C. In addition to his medical duties, he has been very active in many civic organizations. Some include, but are not limited to, Mobile United, BIG, Mobile ARC, Chair of the Community Foundation of South Alabama Board, and currently on the Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral.

Dr. Eichold has been an Instructor at Tulane and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of South Alabama. He has served as a Science Advisor and mentor to young scientists in the NASA DEVELOP program based at MCHD. He is Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration.

He has received NASA and U.S. Navy medals, various civic/community awards and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He was presented with the William Henry Sanders Award from the Medical Association of Alabama in 2002 for his many years of service to public health. The Cottage Hill Civitan Club named him as the 2012 Mobilian of the Year.

-30-

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 27, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 26 at 4519 Cypress Business Park Drive. Approximately 552,000 gallons of sewer overflowed into Halls Mill Creek as a result of a sewer mainline break. The overflow has stopped. Crews have mobilized to repair the break. Water quality sampling is being performed by an independent laboratory. Clean up and mitigation of the soil is under way. Contaminated soil will be properly disposed of. MAWSS said another update will be sent out should additional spillage occur before the repair is complete. At this time, MAWSS officials do not know the cause of the break. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, 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 Halls Mill Creek for recreational purposes because of the overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

-30-

Rabies clinics planned in May for dogs, cats, and ferrets

April 27, 2021

Rabies clinics planned in May for dogs, cats, and 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 May in Mobile County:

• May 1 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile

• May 7 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile

• May 8 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile

• May 15 (Saturday), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., St. Elmo Feed & Seed Store, 9001 Highway 90 West

• May 22 (Saturday), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, these events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash. In addition to these MCHD events, Town & Country Animal Hospital will host a rabies drive through clinic on May 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Semmes Middle School (4566 Ed George Road). The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. 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 has vaccinated a total 572 household pets during rabies clinics in 2021. 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.

In 2020, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,599 household pets.

To learn more about our program, visit Disease Control 

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

-30-

1 28 29 30 31 32 33

Search

+