Entries by David Heaton


Recently, in the Southwest Utah district, there have been several pets diagnosed with Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. In humans, it can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be mistaken for other diseases. Some infected persons, however, […]


January 31, 2019: Recently, a laboratory confirmed case of Mumps was identified in an elementary student in Washington County.The Southwest Utah Public Health Department is monitoring the case and will provide any essential updates on this page. Mumps is best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes. This is a result […]

Kane County “Flu Shootouts”

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) will be holding its annual Flu Shoot-outs in Kane County starting in September. Residents can get a free flu shot while helping the SWUPHD and community partners practice their emergency pandemic response plans. The Shootouts are held throughout the five-county district before flu season arrives. The Centers for […]

Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

News Release (06/11/2018) Bat Tests Positive for Rabies WASHINGTON COUNTY, UT – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is reporting a recent human exposure to a bat which was infected with rabies. The individual is receiving preventive vaccination. “Rabies vaccine is very effective when given soon enough”, says Dr. David Blodgett, SWUPHD Health Officer. […]

Rabies Article

By David W. Blodgett, MD, MPH SWUPHD Director & Health Officer   I sometimes have the opportunity to speak to local middle school-aged students about how various diseases spread.  Knowing this can make all the difference in keeping disease from spreading and avoiding infection in the first place. One of the points I always make […]

E. coli Bacteria Risks

Update: Health Advisory: By Order of the Health Officer: Drinking, swimming, or other contact with the water at Nisson Park in Washington City, Utah is not  recommended, while the water is being tested for possible E. coli contamination. As more information becomes available, it will be posted this website.   Recent news about E. coli outbreaks […]

Kane County Dental Clinic

Each year, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) partners with a mobile dental clinic to provide services for uninsured adults and children living in Kane County.  Adults with Non-Traditional Medicaid will will also be accepted. There is a $30 co-pay per person cash or check only), which covers the exam, x-rays, cleaning, sealants, fillings, and extractions. […]

Flu Prevention

UPDATE: Influenza activity is elevated in most of the United States. Learn more about stating healthy with the following information: What is the flu? The flu (influenza) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, even hospitalization or death in some cases. People over 65, young children, […]