What is public health? Wanna find out? Students in the USF Intro to Public Health class have chosen strategic areas in the Tampa Bay community that they feel represent public health in action. This blog is dedicated to explaining, understanding, and discussing what their interpretations of exactly what the heck is.... public health?!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Clean Up That Poop!
Nobody likes to step in dog poop! Not only is it gross, but dog poop can also spread disease and it’s bad for the environment. Dog feces may contain various organisms and parasites such as E. coli, tapeworm, and roundworm. They can all make people really sick. Small children are especially vulnerable so it's really important to clean it up! Common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloody stool, vomiting, and dehydration. A lot of times the only treatments for these conditions are re-hydration and letting the infection run its full course. People can also contract these illnesses through drinking water that has been contaminated by feces. If the dog poop is not regularly cleaned up it can seep into the water system. Contact with the feces of a sick pet can also make your pets sick. Additionally, because of the high levels of nitrogen in dog feces it is not a good fertilizer and is NOT good for your lawn or garden. The number one preventative measure that can be taken against dog feces oriented disease is using a dog poop bag to clean up after your pet. These dog poop bag dispensers are graciously placed in all parks, apartment complexes, and other locations with frequent dog pooping for your convenience and everyone's safety. Hence, we chose to highlight this public health concern because it is so often overlooked but it can have a significant impact on the health of our community and children. Even the president cleans up his dog poop so why shouldn’t you?
Posted by ahernandez at 10:42 AM