MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by debris blockage

October 18, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by debris blockage

MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on October 14 at 951 Montlimar Driver (rear at the ditch). Additional investigation determined that the correct address of the wastewater overflow was 900 Carlyle Way North (rear at the ditch).

Approximately 12,880 gallons of wastewater flowed into Bolton Branch as a result of a break and debris on a sewer main line. MAWSS crews repaired the main line and are taking steps to prevent future 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.

Area residents should take precautions when using Bolton Branch 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.

West Nile Virus detected in sentinel chicken

October 15, 2021

West Nile Virus detected in sentinel chicken

MOBILE, Ala. – A sentinel chicken used by the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) to
detect mosquito-borne diseases in the community has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).
The coop was in the 36560 ZIP Code.

WNV, which is a form of mosquito-borne encephalitis, has been confirmed by laboratory results,
according to Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County. This is the second
positive test in the last few weeks for Mobile County.

“There are no health benefits to being bitten by a mosquito,” Eichold said. “Don’t let your guard
down. WNV has a human mortality rate of between 3to 15 percent, 50 to 75 percent, while Eastern
Equine Encephalitis is between 50to 75 percent. EEE is a very serious mosquito-borne illness.”

Humans with WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases often have symptoms of high fever, severe
headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures
that are severe enough to require medical attention, Eichold said. In rare cases, WNV can cause
coma or death. The seriousness of an illness may depend on a person’s health and age. WNV
affects the elderly most severely, health data shows.

“The public should assume that there are mosquitoes carrying the disease throughout Mobile
County,” Dr. Eichold said. “Don’t let your guard down.”

The risk of encephalitis spread by mosquitoes is highest from August through the first freeze in
the fall, Dr. Eichold said. Vector Services will increase spraying and conduct door-to-door surveys
in the immediate areas. Inspectors will also attempt to trap adult mosquitoes and test them for the
presence of WNV.

Health officials warn that it is extremely important that people taking part in outdoor activities
make every effort to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes and should always keep mosquito
repellent with them when outdoors. Mosquito activity peaks at dusk and again at dawn.
WNV is transmitted from bird to mosquito to bird. Mosquitoes can spread these viruses by feeding
on the blood of infected birds and then biting another host animal or mammal such as a human or
a horse.

Although humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the disease cannot be spread from
people or horses. The likelihood of transmission to humans and horses can be decreased by
personal mosquito avoidance and the use of WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) vaccines
in horses. There are no WNV or EEE vaccines available for humans.

To report an issue with mosquitoes, call 251-690-8124 or email VectorServices@mchd.org. To
learn more, please visit https://mchd.org/vector-control.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockages

October 12, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by grease blockages

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows on October 12. Both were the result of grease blockages

One was at 6021 Scottsdale Drive. Approximately 1,800 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Clear Creek.

The other was at 6025 Scottsdale Drive. Approximately 5,400 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Clear Creek.

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. 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 these overflows. 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 Clear Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MCHD offering more COVID-19 vaccine events

October 12, 2021

MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team is announcing more opportunities to get your vaccine shots. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

On Wednesday, October 20, MCHD will provide vaccine at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church (4051 Old Shell Road in Mobile). The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. MCHD will provide both the Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 and older) or the Moderna vaccine (for those 18 and older).

On Wednesday, October 27, MCHD will provide vaccine at Dauphin Island’s Town Hall (1011 Bienville Boulevard on Dauphin Island). The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. MCHD will provide either the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for those 18 and older).

Additional information

The public can also get either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine at MCHD’s Newburn Building (248 Cox Street in Mobile facing Saint Stephens Road). Newburn will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The CDC now recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose of Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine. Those coming for their second or third dose should bring the CDC vaccination card that was presented to them after their primary shot. If you no longer have the card, please be prepared to wait for the MCHD staff to retrieve your information from the statewide vaccination system.

Along with offering vaccine, the Newburn staff provides walk-in rapid testing during those same hours. Testing is free to all ages. Results are provided within 15 to 30 minutes while you wait. No appointments are necessary.

Individuals requesting a molecular test (Abbott ID Now) or a PCR test (through LabCorp) for personal preference or for travel must be tested at Family Health location. Appointments for these specific tests may be made by calling 251-690-8889.

For those wishing to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine, MCHD is now offering first-dose and second-dose Moderna vaccinations at several of its Family Health locations conveniently located throughout Mobile County. To secure a time to receive the shot, please call 251-690-8889.

To learn the latest on MCHD’s vaccine events, visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

October 8, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on October 7 at 4612 Spring Hill Avenue. Approximately 2,400 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Three Mile Creek as a result of a grease blockage.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage, stopped the overflow and are taking steps 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. 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 Three 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 hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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