ERHC Description

Essex Regional Health Commission
is a regional health commission that functions in
accordance with NJSA 26:3A2-21 et seq,
to provide environmental health programs
within Essex County. The Commission also holds the
Local Core Capacity for
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant for
Essex County from the State of NJ.
Programs Conducted
Programs Conducted
Air Pollution Control
Underground Storage Tanks
Noise Pollution Control
Integrated Pest Management
Water Pollution Control
Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Essex County Public Health Reserve Corps
Pesticide Control

Member Towns
Member Towns
Belleville Cedar Grove East Orange Irvington
Livingston Maplewood Millburn Montclair
Newark Nutley Orange West Caldwell
  West Orange    



Carrie Nawrocki MPH
Executive Director/Health Officer

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MERS?

Middle Eas tRespiratory Syndrome (MERS )is an infection of the lungs caused by a virus known as a corona virus and is written as MERS-CoV.

Coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold in the winter and spring months. This corona virus is different than these viruses and has never been seen in humans before.


Is MERS the same as the SARS virus?

No. SARS and MERS are both called corona viruses, however, the two viruses are not the same.


Who gets MERS?

Most people who became ill with MERS had traveled to, lived in, or were in close contac twith someone who had traveled to the Arabian Peninsula. It is unclear why some individuals become ill and why others do not. People with chronichealth conditions or weak immune systems may be at greater risk.


Does MERS spread from person to person?

The virus that causes MERS has been shown to spread between two people who are in close contact. The virus has also spread from infected people to healthcare workers.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:46

Read more: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

How To Prepare for a Hurricane

If a hurricane might be headed toward you, you need to prepare. Listen for National Weather Service alerts on TV or radio or check for them online. There are two kinds of alerts.

·                     A hurricane watch means that there's no hurricane yet, but weather conditions could cause one. Experts will announce a hurricane watch 48 hours before they think dangerous winds will start.

·                     A hurricane warning is more serious. It means a hurricane has already started or is just about to start.

For more information about hurricane watches and warnings, check out the National Weather Service's Hurricane Center.

If you hear that there's a hurricane watch or warning in your area, you can take steps to get ready.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:25

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CDC and Texas Health Department Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.

CDC and Texas Health Department Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.

Hospitalized patient had recently returned from West Africa; active contact tracing underway



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20.


The person fell ill on Sept. 24 and sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on Sept. 26. After developing symptoms consistent with Ebola, he was admitted to hospital on Sept. 28. Based on the person’s travel history and symptoms, CDC recommended testing for Ebola. The medical facility isolated the patient and sent specimens for testing at CDC and at a Texas lab participating in the CDC’s Laboratory Response Network. CDC and the Texas Health Department reported the laboratory test results to the medical center to inform the patient. Local public health officials have begun identifying close contacts of the person for further daily monitoring for 21 days after exposure. A CDC team was dispatched to Dallas this morning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 15:40

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Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) Frequently Asked Questions

Enterovirus-D68(EV-D68) Frequently Asked Questions


October 6, 2014

Formore information




What are enteroviruses?

Enteroviruses(EV) are common viruses; there are more than100 types.  It is estimated that 10-15 million EV infections occur in the US each year.  Most people infected with EV have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious.  The spread of EV is unpredictable and different types of EV can be common in different years with no pattern.  People are more likely to get infected with EV infections in the summer and fall.


What is Enterovirus-D68(EV-D68)?

Enterovirus-D68(EV-D68) is a type of EV first detected in 1962 in California. EV-D68 is thought to occur less often than other types of EV.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:00

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CDC Health Advisory MERS-CoV


This is an official



Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network

May 3, 2014, 16:30 (4:30 PM ET)



Confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

(MERS-CoV) Case in Indiana, 2014




The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States, identified in a traveler, was reported to CDC by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on May 1, 2014, and confirmed by CDC on May 2. The patient is in a hospital in Indiana after having flown from Saudi Arabia to Chicago via London. The purpose of this HAN is to alert clinicians, health officials, and others to increase their index of suspicion to consider MERS-CoV infection in travelers from the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, and infection preventionists, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:13

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