Monmouth County Health Dept. Newsletter - May/June 2016

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May - June 2016

Health Department gears up for summer

This is the Monmouth County's Health Department newsletter. It is designed to inform residents about the many public health services available, most at no charge. Topics that will be covered in this and upcoming newsletters may cover emerging issues like the Zika virus and mosquito season or environmental health topics such as food safety, communicable disease and childhood lead poisoning. View previous newsletters.

Teenagers at summer camp

Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program

The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) will begin its weekly beach water quality sampling program the week of May 16. Forty-six guarded beaches in the County's coastal region will be monitored to assure safe levels of Enterococcus bacteria in coastal waters. Other potential hazards, such as medical waste and algae blooms will also be surveyed to assure public safety.

Preventing Mosquito bites

This year, take a stance and Fight the Bite! There are two different, but equally important, steps to help you from getting bitten by mosquitoes.

  1. Eliminate any standing water on your propertyAll mosquitoes use standing water to develop from the egg stage to the adult stage. Read the list of potential habitats for mosquito larvae.
  2. Use insect repellants when you are outdoors. Whenever outdoors, use a mosquito repellent on exposed skin having one of the following active ingredients: picaridin, DEET, IR-3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always follow product label directions.

If you have a mosquito problem, submit a request for service to the Monmouth County Mosquito Control Division at 732-542-3639 or online.

Health fairs

Howell Health Fair

The MCHD will be at several town fairs this summer. Staff will be on-hand with educational materials, free items, and to provide information about the Department’s many programs. The next MCHD events include: Park Avenue School Health Fair in Freehold on Saturday, May 7 and the Wellness Health Fair in Asbury Park on Saturday, May 14. View the updated calendar of events

Zika 101 presentations

Presentations regarding Zika Virus and Mosquito Control are on-going and available to community groups. Call 732-431-7456 ext. 8512  to schedule a presentation or get information.

Congratulations to Kate Andrews

Kate Andrews wins award
Kate Andrews wins the Registered Environmental Health Specialist of the Year Award

Congratulations to Kate Andrews on receiving the Registered Health Environmental Specialist of the Year Award. The award recognizes Andrews’ dedication and the major role she plays in the field of public and environmental health, especially on the topic of lead poisoning. Andrews is highly respected by her peers at the local, state and federal levels.

Pumpout Boat dedication

The re-dedication of the newly refurbished sewage pumpout boat will take place on May 11 at 2 p.m. at Monmouth Cove Marina in Middletown.

Board of Health Members

Paul Schneider, President

Marianne Longobardi, Vice President

Ann Marie Buontemp, Secretary

Jon Barone

Thomas J. Calabrese
Brian Charnick

Ellynn Kahle

Paul Schneider

Judy Thorpe

Michael L. Ticktin

Christopher Merkel, Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer


Freeholder John P. Curley, Department Liasion


Meeting Information

The Board of Health conducts meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, at the County Health Department offices at 3435 Route 9, Freehold. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.


Phone: 732-431-7456



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