Environmental Health Intern
Washoe County Health District
The Washoe County Environmental Health department is primarily responsible for compliance with local, state and federal laws
These laws mainly regulate waste, food, vector and other areas of health for Washoe County
The environmental health department also regulates food product complaints, food services, land developement programs and solid waste management
The environmental health department also regulates:
food product complaints solid waste management land developement programs food services child care facilities
Examples of areas in which the Environmental Health Department are involved are: food product complaints, food services, land development programs, vector-borne disease prevention programs, solid waste management
Our Main Health Issue:
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that is most commonly the cause of acute gastroenteritus.
It is most easily transmitted by an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching a surface that is contaminated.
Each year the virus will cause 19-21 million illnesses, contribute to 51,000-70,000 hospitalizations, and 570-800 deaths.
Norovirus is the most common cause of food-borne disease outbreaks in the United States.
Most outbreaks of norovirus occur in food service settings like restaurants.
Our Plan to Fight Back:
"No Bare Hand Contact with Ready to Eat Foods"
A new Washoe County Food Protection regulation
What I Did: Explained/ demonstrated this new WCHD regulation Created posters, powerpoint presentations and other supporting material Assisted Environmental Health Specialists with outreach through social media Researched and developed outreach methods for food establishment operators
New Regulation coming- July 2015