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The USDA warns that a new type of avian flu has been found in multiple bird species in 8 states. Nothing has been reported in Colorado but all bird owners should call the Colorado Avian Health Call Line at 970.297.4008 to report sick birds or unusual bird deaths. The virus travels in wild birds but the birds don't appear sick. It spreads when domestic birds have contact through habitat or people.
As people in the Roaring Fork Valley prepare for Independence Day picnics and other outdoor celebration, talk of the West Nile Virus on the Western Slope is increasing. The Colorado department of Public Health and Environment recently reported that mosquitoes carrying West Nile were collected in Adams, Boulder, Delta and Weld Counties. And Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony expects to see more of the Culex mosquitoes that carry West Nile in the coming weeks.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Anthony to find out what to expect this summer and also about what precautions Garfield County residents can take to protect themselves.
Late last year, Dr. Susan Nagel, endocrinologist and associate professor at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine, published a study on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on human sex hormones. Now, she's embarking on more extended research because, she says, there are not enough vigorous, scientific studies of the fracking process.
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Nagel about her work and the funding she needs to get going on the second study.
On Friday, the Colorado Division of Insurance or D.O.I. announced proposals that could reduce health insurance premiums for residents of Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and Summit counties who purchase individual or small-group insurance plans. KDNK's Ed Williams has more.
This month National Geographic Magazine kicks off a series on the Future of Food. KDNK's Ed Williams talked with Jonathan Foley, Director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and author of this month's National Geographic cover story, titled How to Feed 9 Billion.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Garfield County has been combined with Summit, Pitkin, and Eagle counties to form Rating Area Eleven, which has some of the highest insurance rates in Colorado. County officials claim this discriminates against rural citizens. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Garfield County Attorney Frank Hutfless to find out what kind of action the county plans to take. Hutfless recommended against legal action against the state. Instead, he wants to open up the discussion.
Electronic glitches aren't the only problems with the Affordable Healthcare Act that users have reported. Garfield County Commissioners are also fielding complaints about local insurance rates.
Last December, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment declared a pertussis, or whooping cough, epidemic in Colorado.
And this week, officials confirmed several cases of whooping cough, all in the Carbondale area.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Sara Brainard, Immunization Director for Garfield County Public Health to find out what symptoms to be on the lookout for, and what precautions Carbondale residents can take.
This week county authorities put up an air quality monitoring station near the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with Garfield County Environmental Health Manager Paul Reaser about air monitoring in the area.
According to Carrie Marsh of the Aspen Hope Center, one of the major contributors to the Roaring Fork Valley's elevated suicide rate is isolation. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Marsh about that and other contributing factors that make the valley's suicide rate three times the national average.