West Nile in Jefferson County

As the summer progresses West Nile Virus activity can steadily increase. This became evident recently when another collection of adult mosquitoes from the City of Hillsboro tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The mosquitoes were collected on July 6. The Jefferson County Health Department will be conducting adult mosquito control in the affected area as a response to reduce the potential for human occurrence of the disease.

Residents of Jefferson County are strongly advised to use insect repellents that contain DEET or Picaridin and wear light colored clothes with long sleeves and long pants when outside at times and in areas where mosquitoes are active. Failure to use insect repellants has been a significant factor in human disease occurrence. In most cases those who become ill failed to use a mosquito repellant and take other steps to protect themselves from the disease.

The disease can cause severe headaches, flu-like symptoms, fever, joint pain and in severe cases can cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain), partial paralysis, coma and even death.

If you need to report a mosquito breeding source or for more information contact the Jefferson County Health Department Environmental Services Section at (636) 797-3737 ext. 2. Also visit www.jeffcohealth.org.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November:
GHD Christmas Tour Tickets on Sale First State Community Bank, Pogolinos De Soto, Drummonds Florist, Cherished Memories, Nature’s Aglow, Mona Lisa. & Library & DeSoto
Chiropractic. Tickets are $15.00.

November 12th
Toys for Tots Christmas Craft Fair 9:00-4:00 De Soto Armory Come by the Get Healthy DeSoto and De Soto Farmers’ Market Booth for great gift ideas. Cookbooks, umbrellas, cutting boards & knifes, raffle tickets on original Pastel Work of Art and GHD Christmas Home Tour Tickets.

November 19th
GHD Hiking adventure at St. Fran├žois Park. Gather at 9:00 a.m. at the De Soto Public Library and then travel to the park. Walk will be approximately 2 hrs. leader: Brenda Eaves 314-954-1578

November 26th
Get Healthy DeSoto Christmas Home Tour 9:00-3:30. 8 homes on tour. Tickets are $15.00 in Advance. $18.00 day of tour. For more info contact Elaine at 586-8335 or Debby at 586-4570.

Donations

Dear GHD Member:

This is such an exciting time for Get Healthy DeSoto. Our membership is growing and we are spreading the enthusiasm to surrounding communities. We have some significant projects under consideration for DeSoto. As a member I know you understand and appreciate the accomplishments GHD has made so far. I would like to update you on a couple of projects we are working on at this time.
Walking/Bicycle Trail in Ritcher Park
This would enable people to better utilize Ritcher Park in a healthy active way. The trail would cost approximately $13,500. At this time GHD has $2,500.00 on deposit with the City of DeSoto to go toward this project.
Walking Pocket Maps
Some of you may have seen the maps we currently have for three different courses throughout DeSoto. Our goal is to print seven additional courses. The total cost of the project is $3,099.50. This would give us 2,000 copies of each new map, reprint 1,000 copies of the three existing maps and would provide 10 outdoor plastic map holders.
Get Healthy DeSoto is proud to be able to provide the free membership that gives you access to the many educational sessions, newsletters and activities hosted by GHD. Our intention is to maintain this free membership.
If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution toward the projects listed above please make your check payable to “Get Healthy DeSoto” and mail to Get Healthy DeSoto, c/o Debby Campbell, 431 Johnston Drive, DeSoto, Mo. 63020. All donations are appreciated. We hope you will consider becoming a vested member in these projects.
Thank you for your participation in making DeSoto a healthier and active community.

Sincerely,
Cathy Boyer
Secretary of Get Healthy DeSoto