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5:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Health Dept.: Vaccinate In Time for School

Local health departments are urging families to check on their kids' vaccination statuses.
Credit Centers for Disease Control

Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before school starts. 

Laurel Dreger is a nurse with the Vilas County Health Department.  She says kids and some adults who have already been vaccinated may be due for a booster shot. 

“Parents can check with their health care providers or the public health department in their area, and we will look up their children’s records and let them know if they might be needing some shots before they enter school in the fall.”

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Some BadgerCare funding in doubt
4:14 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Group Still Hoping For Walker Medicaid Reversal

Credit insurekidsnow.gov

20 counties, including Oneida and Lincoln, have asked Governor Walker to allow them to access Medicaid money from the federal government to offset local health care expenses.


Earlier this year, Governor Walker notified the Obama Administration he would not be taking money for Wisconsin's version called BadgerCare from the Affordable Health Care Act to offset those costs.

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Toxic Algal Blooms
2:56 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Algae Alert: Murky Water Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Blue-green algae can form a paint-like scum on the surface of the water
Credit Dwight Burdette

Late summer in the Northwoods means it’s time to watch out for blue green algae blooms in lakes and ponds.  

The algae often produces toxins that can cause rashes and breathing problems in humans.  Pam Pedersen is a nurse with Vilas County Public Health Department.  She says it can be especially harmful for pets that may drink or swim in murky water.          

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EEE likely fatal
4:01 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Horse Owners Warned To Get Animals Vaccinated

Credit CDC.gov

The outbreak of mosquitoes this summer is prompting state officials to remind horse owners to get their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.


Dr. Darlene Konkle from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the disease's onset is sudden...

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Sheboygan outbreak contained
4:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

TB Outbreak In Northwoods Highly Unlikely

TB test
Credit Wikipedia.org

National Public Radio recently reported a number of tuberculosis cases were confirmed in the Sheboygan area this spring. A Northwoods public health nurse says there is no widespread outbreak and nothing reported here.


 


The Sheboygan outbreak was found in an immigrant family. Officials quickly jumped in, and now think it's contained. Officials think Sheboygan could end up with 15 symptomatic cases and up to 200 people infected with the resistant strain but not yet showing symptoms.

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West Nile Virus found
3:15 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Vilas Co. Joins Oneida With Dead Bird

Credit Bingham Memorial Hospital

The Vilas County Public Health Department reports a dead crow found in Vilas County on Tuesday and has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Vilas County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. A dead crow was also found this week in Oneida county.

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A Virus' Annual Debut
4:53 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

West Nile Turns Up in Oneida Co.

Infected mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus.
Credit Karunakar Rayker

Oneida County health officials have detected West Nile virus in a dead crow.  It’s the virus’s first appearance in the county this year.  

  Health director Linda Conlon says officials have regularly found the virus in previous years, and it’s a sign that residents should try to limit exposure to mosquito bites.

“So what that means is the residents of Oneida county need to use more precaution when they’re outside and make sure that they utilize protective measures to prevent mosquito bites.”

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Find air conditioning
5:27 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Careful In The Heat For Lung and Heart Patients

Credit top100doctors.com

People with lung-related health problems really have a hard time in heat and humidity. An official from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Lung Association says people with lung conditions should take extra precautions.


Dona Wininesky says it's not so much the heat and humidity as it is the byproducts of those conditions...


 

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Link found between cancer, Alheimer's
3:44 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Conference Reveals New Alzheimer's Efforts

Credit Alzheimer's Association

Some significant announcements are coming out of a national meeting on Alzheimer's Disease and a local spokesperson says more are coming.


The Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston this week made headlines this week says Diana Butz from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association...



".....one of the big things that came out this week is the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease and cancer and what their finding is if you have Alzheimer's you have a lower rate of cancer(and vice versa)...."

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BadgerCare money debated
3:33 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Federal Dollars For Medicare Still Available-Kane

Badgercare rally
Credit Wisconsinwave.org

People just above the poverty line and soon to be bounced off BadgerCare will be informed that the money to fund the additional program benefits is still available.


The recently-signed state budget doesn't include money offered by the federal government to fund BadgerCare for people close, but just above, the federal poverty line.


But Kevin Kane from Citizen Action Wisconsin says there will be an effort to let people know that the money rejected by Governor Walker is still available from the federal government...

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