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.”
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.
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.
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.
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...
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)...."