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To help battle Wyoming’s low mammogram screening rates, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) continues to offer free support for breast cancer screening.In 2014, 65.2 percent of Wyoming women age 40 and over reported having a mammogram in the past two years, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Testing completed today by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a rare case of rabies in a Fremont County woman, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“While rabies is often found in Wyoming animals such as bats and skunks, this is the first confirmed human rabies case ever recorded in our state,” said Dr. Karl Musgrave, state public health veterinarian with WDH.

Following an unusually severe 2014-15 influenza season, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) officials want residents to prepare for the upcoming flu season with annual influenza vaccinations.“While influenza is something we see every year, it should never be overlooked or just accepted as no big deal.

Plans are set for an October 6 Riverton training for teachers to help encourage physical activity among Wyoming students.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and its Wyoming Cares/Wyoming Shares program encourage all state residents to sign up as designated organ donors.“The simple act of checking ‘yes’ when asked about organ and tissue donation on your driver’s license form can have a dramatic impact on the lives of others,” said Cherame Serrano, Wyoming Cares/Wyoming Shares program manager with WDH.

With a drug “DEA Take Back” day scheduled for September 26 in Wyoming and across the country, the Wyoming Department of Health is reminding residents medications can sometimes also be donated to help others.“Clearing unused medications from our homes is one of the things we can all do to help prevent prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings and it’s important,” said Natasha Gallizzi, Medication Donation Program manager and pharmacist with the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Wyoming Department of Health and the ALICE Training Institute are offering ALICE Instructor Training on October 28 and 29 in Cheyenne.ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is a useful strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses and places of worship.

Unintentional falls, which can often be prevented, can take a heavy toll on Wyoming’s older residents, according to Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives.Falls are the most common unintentional injury seen in Wyoming hospitals, representing 54 percent of unintentional injury-related hospitalizations.

Tularemia caused the recent death of a Big Horn County man and has sickened at least 10 other Wyoming residents so far this summer as the state continues to experience unusually high reported levels of the bacterial disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“To see this many cases reported in Wyoming in a single year is striking,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH.

The Wyoming Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is leading a statewide effort to enhance and modernize Wyoming’s ability to respond to cardiac emergencies.The Wyoming Compression Devices and Evaluation (WYCODE) project will ensure automated chest compression devices are available for every ambulance service, hospital emergency room and cardiac catheterization lab across the state.

Qualified Wyoming residents who have intractable epilepsy may now apply for hemp extract registration cards to be issued by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).Wyoming Hemp Extract Registry registration cards are available for Wyoming resident applicants who provide certification from a neurologist of a diagnosis of intractable epilepsy.

Recent reports of tularemia activity among animals and humans in northern Wyoming are raising concerns this summer about the disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“Recently, we are hearing about rabbit die-offs and have seen tularemia cases confirmed in two Weston County residents, in dead voles near Devils Tower in Crook County and in a Washakie County cat,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming increase in reported gonorrhea cases across Wyoming this year.

West Nile virus has returned to Wyoming with the season’s first case, involving a Sheridan County resident, being reported to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

Increased use of an online registration system for death notices will help smooth the process for loved ones following the passing of a family member, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).Vital Statistic Services (VSS), part of WDH, has had an online registration system since 2009.

The Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium (WCCCC) is inviting interested residents to share their ideas and opinions about cancer control efforts during a July 16 meeting set for Casper.Supported by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), the WCCCC is a group of professionals, organizations and other individuals with the common goal of reducing the state’s cancer’s burden.The upcoming meeting is intended to begin work on an updated five-year Wyoming Cancer Control Plan for 2016-20.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is announcing revised income guidelines effective July 1 for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.WIC is a nutrition program that offers free nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy food and other services to Wyoming WIC families who qualify.

Services for state residents who have critical questions about potential poisoning incidents are continuing without interruption as a new vendor takes over services for Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

While splashing in the waters of Wyoming’s pools and lakes is a favorite summer pastime for many families, swimmers should be careful to avoid catching or spreading recreational water illnesses.“It is important to prevent germs from getting into pools and lakes.

State residents who may qualify for the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Tax Refund for Elderly & Disabled Program are reminded to submit applications by August 31.The Tax Refund for Elderly & Disabled Program provides a financial benefit for qualified applicants intended as a refund of sales and use taxes, property taxes and utility and energy costs.“Many older adults and disabled individuals in Wyoming could really use the extra financial help this program can provide,” said Bonnie Runnels, Tax Refund for Elderly & Disabled Program manager.

Wyoming’s schools will soon be filled with little boys named Liam and little girls answering to Olivia with both chosen most often as new baby names in 2014 across the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vital Statistics Services program.For boys, the name Liam has topped the charts for three years in a row and has been in the top five most popular names for four out of the last five years.

Representatives from a diverse group of Wyoming health and law enforcement leaders remain concerned that prescription drug abuse is Wyoming’s fastest-growing drug problem with wide-ranging consequences.Prescription medicine abuse is the use of a prescription medication to create an altered state, to get high, or for any reasons other than those intended by a prescribing doctor.
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