Water Warning for Steele City, NE

A water warning has been issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for residents of the Village of Steele City. Parents are advised that Infants who are six months or younger, nursing mothers, and pregnant women should not consume Village of Steele City water until further analyses indicate that nitrate levels throughout the system do not exceed 10 mg/l. The water should not be used to make anything to drink for the infants, including juice or formula. While some water conditions can be eliminated by boiling water, parents are being warned not to boil the water.  Boiling, freezing, or letting water stand does not reduce the nitrate level. Instead it can make nitrates more concentrated, because nitrates remain behind when the water evaporates.
Children who are exposed to high nitrates could become seriously ill and die if their sickness goes untreated. Shortness of breath and blue baby syndrome are symptoms of drinking water with high nitrate levels.  Pregnant woman who drink the high nitrate tap water are told to consult with a doctor.
Please contact the Village of Steele City for information regarding alternate water sources.

 

Warmer Days Bring Ticks to Nebraska

Ticks are generally found near the ground, in brushy or wooded areas. They can’t jump or fly. Instead, they climb tall grasses or shrubs and wait for you to brush against them. When this happens, they climb on and seek a site for attachment. Ticks can cause a number of diseases and some can be life-threatening.

Protect yourself from TICKS

  • Use a repellent with at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin, or IR3535
  • Dress in long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when you’re outside.
  • Shower as soon as possible after being outdoors.

Do frequent tick checks after being outdoors and remove attached ticks promptly by grasping with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight out. Then watch for signs of illness such as fever/chills, aches and pains and/or a rash.  If you have these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

Call Public Health Solutions at 402-826-3880 with any questions or concerns.

Controlled Burns in Kansas Temporarily Affecting Outdoor Air Quality

Extensive agricultural burns in Kansas have caused temporary air quality issues in our area. Winds carrying particles and gases from these fires can make conditions like heart disease, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema worse and trigger asthma attacks. While most people will not be affected, people with these chronic respiratory health conditions should pay special attention to outdoor air conditions and take appropriate action if necessary.

If you are concerned about air quality and your health, consider:

  • Staying indoors as much as possible
  • Keeping your windows and doors closed
  • Avoiding strenuous activity outdoors
  • Making sure that your vehicle’s air conditioner is set to “re-circulate”

If you experience excessive coughing, tightness in the chest, or chest pains, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

This kind of planned agricultural burning is common in the spring months. The closest air quality monitoring station is in Lincoln, where they track a variety of air pollutants that can affect our health, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and particulate matter.

For more information, contact Public Health Solutions at 402-826-3880.

 

Falafel King Issues Allergy Alert for “Tzatziki Sauce”

FALAFEL KING ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT

ON UNDECLARED MILK IN “Tzatziki Sauce”

 

The following recall alert was received from Nebraska Department of Agriculture, after the FDA initiated a recall of Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce.

Falafel King of Boulder, Colorado is notifying the public that its containers of Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream contains milk, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products

Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is distributed to retail stores in certain areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nebraska.

Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is sold in a 10 ounce plastic container with a black rimmed lid with the UPC #822986-70015-2 and a “Sell By” date printed on the top label. The old label on this product will have a “Sell By” date prior to 03/04/17.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with our product.

This Allergy Alert was initiated to protect the consumers after it was discovered that the Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream was distributed in packaging that did not declare the presence of milk.

Anyone with questions may contact the Falafel King Corporate office at 303-443-1346 and ask for Amnon Gilady, Owner, Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m. MST or email at falafelkingent@aol.com

Visit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website for more information regarding recall alerts. www.fda.gov