Environmental Public Health Services

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Environmental Public Health Services

Environmental public health services include inspections of food establishments, residential on-site sewage systems/sewage permits through the Audrain County On-Site Sewage Ordinance, lodging establishment inspections, daycare licensure and inspections, and environmental issues or complaints.

Learn more about these public health environmental issues, or call our staff at 573-581-1332 for a free consultation on general environmental public health and sanitation concerns.

  •  Bed Bugs:  Although these blood sucking insects do not spread disease, they can cause itchy welts that can get infected.
  •  Food Recalls:  Email us to receive our food recall email alerts.
  •  Food Safety in an Emergency:  Losing power in an emergency can cause your food to spoil. Know how to keep your food safe during a disaster.
  •  Lead:  Lead poisoning creates a higher risk for children under 6 years old. Learn the risks and how to protect children in our community.
  •  Mold:  Although you may not be able to see it at first, mold grows on damp items within 24 hours. It grows quickly in damp, dark conditions and can cause health issues for your family.
  •  Rabies:  The rabies virus is spread from rabid animals to human through saliva, usually through a bite. In Missouri, most cases of rabies occur in wild animals like bats and skunks, although dogs, cats, horses and cattle can also get rabies.
  •  Radon:  Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas, that occurs naturally as an indirect decay product of uranium or thorium. Radon becomes a risk indoors as it break down and emits atomic particles that can increase your risk for lung cancer. Order a free radon test kit.
  •  West Nile Virus:  This viral illness is carried by birds and is passed to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who get infected with West Nile virus will not have any symptoms. Two out of ten infected people will get a fever, headache, tiredness and body aches. In rare cases, the virus can infect the human nervous system, causing diseases like meningitis or encephalitis.