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Board of Health approves food borne illness policy

October 1, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - An updated policy regarding the investigation of food borne illnesses was approved Thursday by the city Board of Health.

Health Commissioner Jelayne Dray presented the policy to the board, saying it "would be in the best interest of the health district" to adopt it, although the steps outlined in the policy are already being followed.

Calling the existing policy "very old," Dray said it was also "very, very vague" in some areas.

One of those areas that was beefed up in the revised policy was a provision calling for collaboration with the county health district and Ohio Department of Health in the event of a suspected food borne illness outbreak.

The policy was adopted 3-0 with members Betsy Wells and Sara Bricker absent.

Dray reported on the mock drill conducted by the regional hazmat team, in which she participated, calling it an "excellent experience" in partnering the health department with the fire department and hazmat team, as well as local, state and federal agencies.

Health nurse Stephanie Summers issued a reminder that flu shots are available in her office at City Hall, with appointments available by calling 330-385-5123.

The board's next regular meeting will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 18.



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