Oneida County Public Health

The goal is having healthier employees as a chronic disease prevention and management coalition is hosting another Worksite Wellness Summit.

The coalition in Vilas and Oneida counties is known as Northwoods LEAN,( or Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition) is hosting the summit next month at Nicolet College.

Spokesperson Maria Skubal says the event is free..

So far no reported cases of West Nile Virus in the Northwoods.

It's  an infection spread to  people by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus.   Mosquitoes get infected with West Nile virus by  feeding on infected birds. The first human case of West Nile happened in Wisconsin was reported in 2002.

Char Ahrens from Oneida County Public Health says while the disease has been in the Northwoods in prior years...

" far we have no reported cases of West Nile Virus activity in Oneida or surrounding counties...."

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...."

Strong Virus Believed To Be In Wisconsin

Sep 16, 2014

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....

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...

In February, Remember Your Heart

Feb 24, 2014
John Morgan

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. 

In Winter, Your Home Could Be Sheltering Radon

Oct 24, 2013
National Cancer Institute

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.”

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...

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.