Oneida County Public Health

1 in 8 women could be affected
4:41 am
Tue October 21, 2014

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Charlotte Ahrens says the disease is widespread...

"....excluding cancer of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. women, accounting for 29 percent of newly-diagnosed cancers. A woman in the U.S. has a 1 in 8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer...."

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Affects youth
3:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Strong Virus Believed To Be In Wisconsin

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Wisconsin could soon have its first confirmed cases of a respiratory-and-stomach virus that has hospitalized hundreds of children throughout the nation. Nine suspected cases of the Enterovirus have been found in Madison.  Samples have been sent to the U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Test results are expected later this month.

In the Northwoods, Oneida County Community Health Specialist Marta Koelling says there are more than 100 different enteroviruses resulting in 10-15 million cases of enterovirus in the U.S. each year....

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National Infant Immunization Week
3:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Vaccinations Will Help Stop The Return Of Diseases

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Health officials are discussing a recent upswing in cases of mumps and measles breaking out in parts of the nation. Those mostly childhood afflictions had largely disappeared, but an apparent lack of immunizations have health officials asking parents to get their kids vaccinated.

Char Ahrens from Oneida County Public Health says this week is National Infant Immunization Week. She says it's a good time to get it done...

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Reducing Heart Disease Risk
9:56 am
Mon February 24, 2014

In February, Remember Your Heart

Eating fruits and vegetables is one way to reduce your risk for heart disease.
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Valentine’s Day may be over but there are still plenty of ways to take care of your heart.

February is Heart Health Month.

Oneida County Public Health Department is encouraging people of all ages to try and reduce risk factors for heart disease. 

Community health specialist Kyla Waksmonski  says behavior changes include daily exercise, healthy eating and limiting alcohol use.  Quitting smoking can also cut your risk of heart disease. 

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Undetectable With Eyes and Nose
2:50 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

In Winter, Your Home Could Be Sheltering Radon

Radon test kits are available at local health departments.
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It’s National Radon Week.  Health officials are reminding people to get their homes tested for the dangerous gas to prevent long term exposure.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Charlotte Ahrens says the problem with radon is that it’s colorless and odorless.

“People have no indicators they they’re being exposed to this gas.  The gas is produced by a breakdown of uranium in soil, and in rock and in water.”

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Early morning and afternoon
4:02 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Drivers Asked To Be Alert As School Begins

Kids on the way to school
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County health departments treat the ills of the public, but they also are concerned about the safety of children to and from school.


Public Health Nurse Rob Deede in Oneida county says while walking can be a great way for kids to get some exercise, drivers should be cautious...


 

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

TB Outbreak In Northwoods Highly Unlikely

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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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