The DNR has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae located in Pelican Lake in eastern Oneida County. The algae appears in late summer and can be a health hazard for humans and animals. Oneida County Registered Sanitarian Jody McKinney talked with Ken Krall about the problem.
McKinney says seek immediate medical help from a doctor or veterinarian if people or pets are exposed to bluegreen algae.
Rhinelander School District has landed two sizable grants to help pay for a new athletics trainer position at the high school.
Ministry Medical Group and the Aspirus Clinic have each donated $15,000 to the school district’s athletic program.
Athletics Trainer is a role that Rhinelander native Eric Prom has been filling for a few years now, but until now he’s been employed by Marshfield Clinic. Now he’ll be an employee of the school district.
A woman and child have been hospitalized after nearly drowning in Star Lake in Vilas County Tuesday.
Shortly before one o’clock Tuesday, the Vilas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting two adult women were trying to rescue three children swimming in Star Lake.
The women apparently rescued two of the children without incident, but when rescuing the third child, one of the women went under the water, along with the child. A family friend arrived on a boat to pull them out of the water.
Public health officials have made a strong impression that pregnant women should not drink or possibly harm their unborn child. Now an effort to have women cut out smoking during pregnancy is also underway. Called "First Breath", health workers hope to get the nearly one-in-four Oneida county women who smoke while pregnant to stop.
Public health nurse and program coordinator Dawn Klink says both mother and child feel the results of smoking...
Two bats in Vilas county have been diagnosed with rabies in the past week and a Vilas county health official cautions the public to make sure pets are vaccinated.
Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system of mammals, including humans. People and unvaccinated animals can get rabies from an infected animal. If caught soon enough in humans, it can be treated, but if left untreated, it is almost always fatal.
Even with our cool summer, kids will want to head to the beach for some water fun. Marta Koelling is a Community Health Specialist at the Oneida County Health Department. She says freelance swimming is less safe than being in a designated swim area....
".....number one rule: make sure you're not diving or swimming in unfamiliar water. That can lead to come potential dangers there. Making sure you're swimming with a buddy, especially with children and inexperienced swimmers, making sure they are supervised at all times...."