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With the season approaching when baby chicks and ducklings are typically bought and sold around the state, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative says even cute chicks can sometimes carry harmful germs.

A growing, multistate outbreak of measles linked to a famous California amusement park is prompting Wyoming’s state health officer to remind families not to take vaccinations for granted.

With a focus planned on colorectal cancer survivors, the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium’s (WCCCC) 10th Annual Celebration of Hope is set for February 6 at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne.

Two new members of the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) senior leadership team were named recently by WDH Director Tom Forslund.Korin Schmidt is the new WDH deputy director.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness MonthRegular screening and a key vaccination series can help prevent most cases of cervical cancer, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year more than 12,000 women get cervical cancer and 4,000 die from the disease across the country.

January is National Radon Action MonthTesting is the only way to know how much of the invisible, potentially dangerous gas known as radon is present in Wyoming homes or workplaces, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released from radium and is found in rocks, soil and water.

A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH official is announcing a leadership change for the Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC) in LanderChris Newman, WDH Behavioral Health Division senior administrator, stated Adam Merrell is no longer the WLRC administrator.

With reported gonorrhea cases in Campbell County more than doubling so far this year, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives are reminding those at risk to seek testing for the sexually transmitted disease (STD).Through the end of October, WDH had reports of 29 gonorrhea cases among Campbell County residents.

With flu activity reports stepping up across the state, residents are encouraged by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) to take common-sense steps to avoid spreading influenza or becoming ill with the disease.Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is describing its newly released recommendations for expanding healthcare coverage to thousands of uninsured residents as a fiscally responsible, Wyoming-centered approach.The department is calling its recommended plan, “Wyoming’s Strategy for Health, Access, Responsibility and Employment,” or the “SHARE Plan.”People with incomes below the federal poverty line are not eligible for federal subsidies to purchase private insurance or for coverage through Medicaid if they live in a state that has not expanded the program, due to the way the Affordable Care Act was written and related court decisions.

Wyoming residents caring for family members or friends on an ongoing basis who find they could use a little help in meeting their challenges are asked to consider a program offered through the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“Family members are often the major providers of long-term care,” said Jeanne Scheneman, National Family Caregiver Support Program manager with WDH.

November is National Diabetes MonthIn little more than a decade, the adult diabetes rate has almost doubled in Wyoming, leading to new Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) efforts to help limit the disease among Wyoming Medicaid clients and other state residents.Wyoming’s diabetes rate among adults rose from 4.5 percent in 2001 to 8.6 percent in 2013.

Crews are set to begin demolishing a visibly prominent building on the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) campus in Evanston in the coming days.“We want to ensure community members aren’t surprised when the hired contractor begins the demolition and also make clear why the work is needed,” said Bill Sexton, Wyoming Department of Health Behavioral Health Division facilities administrator.

Both the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander and the Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) in Evanston will gain new leadership as a result of Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) organizational changes.Bill Sexton, who has been serving as WSH superintendent since 2011, has been named as WDH Behavioral Health Division facilities administrator, which is a new WDH position.
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