District Health Department #2

Serving Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw & Oscoda Counties

West Branch office (989) 345-5020 · Tawas office (989) 362-6183 · Harrisville office (989) 724-6757 · Mio office (989) 826-3970 · Toll-free 1(800) 504-2650


Necrotizing fasciitis  ("Flesh Eating Bacteria")

District Health Department No. 2 would like to share with residents some information on necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly called “flesh eating bacteria.”  Recently a news outlet reported that a visitor may have contracted the infection from an insect bite while tubing on the AuSable River. Necrotizing fasciitis can be caused by many kinds of bacteria.  Usually, infections from these bacteria are generally mild and are easily treated.   However, in rare cases of necrotizing fasciitis, bacteria spread rapidly once they enter the body.  These infections can be very severe and life threatening. 

Common sense and good wound care are the best ways to prevent any bacterial skin infection including necrotizing fasciitis. 

  • Keep draining or open wounds covered with clean, dry bandages until healed.
  • Don't delay first aid of even minor, non-infected wounds like blisters, scrapes or any break in the skin.
  • If you have an open wound or active infection, avoid using whirlpools, hot tubs and swimming pools or other bodies of water until infections are healed.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if washing is not possible.

If you're healthy, have a strong immune system, and practice good hygiene and proper wound care, your chances of getting necrotizing fasciitis ("flesh-eating bacteria”) are extremely low.

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 In an effort to raise awareness about a great program for women, District Health Department No. 2 has gone pink!!  

Openings are now available for women ages 40-64 who meet program

requirements to receive a free mammogram and pap test!!  

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-504-2650!  



Beginning Monday,  May 4, 2015, all four offices of District Health Department No. 2 will have new operating hours. The new hours are as follows:

Mondays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Alcona (Harrisville), Iosco (Tawas) and Oscoda (Mio) County offices will be closed from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.  The Ogemaw County (West Branch) office will remain open.



Environmental Health Regulations

Revised Effective April 18, 2015.

Synopsis  and complete copy of Environmental Health Regulations available in the News and Events section to the right.  


Service Spotlight

Home Health Care

District Health Department #2 is proud to offer home health care services to our community members. Services can be provided in a client's own home for older adults, children, and anyone in need of continued skilled or therapeutic care after an illness, injury, or surgery. Our program offers:

skilled nursing care, 24/7 on call

physical therapy

home health aide care

medical social worker visits


Please contact us today for more information:

Home Health Care
Director of Nursing: Lisa Dault RN

Direct Line: 989-343-1808 or
Toll-Free: 1-800-822-0264
Fax: 989-343-1897
"On Call Pager": 1-877-802-4676



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