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West Nile Virus on the Rise

National media have been reporting large increases in mosquito-borne virus infections in Texas, Oklahoma, and other states. Click here to view Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services weekly West Nile virus reports.

The Office of Veterinary Public Health is offering educational resources that promote personal protection and mosquito breeding habitat awareness:

  • Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes Information Card #80
  • Spray Before You Work or Play #26
  • How to Choose A Repellent #584
  • How to Protect Your Home #244

All of these materials can be ordered at no charge with the new online order form. If you have questions regarding these educational resources, please contact

What are communicable diseases?


  • Wash your hands with soap and water– use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and/or sneeze into the crook of your elbow
  • Discard tissues into the trash can and do not re-use - Try to avoid touching your nose and mouth
  • Clean and sanitize contact surfaces such as door knobs, table and counter tops, faucet handles, etc
  • Do not share personal items and drinks or utensils even with members of your own family
  • Use disposable paper towel instead of cloth hand towels—they can harbor bacteria and spread germs
  • Avoid close contact with ill individuals, decrease your stress level and stop smoking

Mix For Sanitizing Solution

To Sanitize food contact surfaces such as tables, utensils, cups, plates mouthable toys etc:

  • 1 Teaspoon of unscented household bleach to 1 gallon water - Submerge items in sanitizing solution after washing and rinsing for at least 30 seconds and let AIR dry. (Bleach solution is food safe if mixed to the proper concentration). Do not use more bleach for food contact surfaces– if it is to strong and dries onto food contact surfaces it can be toxic.

To Sanitize hard surfaces door knobs, larger toys that are not mouthable by children

  • 3 Teaspoons of unscented household bleach to 1 gallon of water– use a labeled spray bottle to spray the surface with sanitizing solution and let set for 30 seconds. Wipe with disposable towel and discard.

Our Vision

Madison County is a historical community of people who strive to live, work and play in a safe, healthy, environment.


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Quick Contacts

Madison County Health Department
806 West College
Fredericktown, MO 63645
573-783-1131 24/7
FAX 573-783-8039

We also have a Facebook page for Peer Breastfeeding Support!