Testing recently completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta confirms that the enterovirus D68 virus is present in Wyoming, as expected by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH, said, “We are not surprised CDC testing has confirmed two Wyoming residents were ill due to this specific virus, which has gained so much attention in recent weeks.
While many people unexpectedly take a tumble from time to time, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents that falls can sometimes lead to moderate and severe injuries, especially among older adults.Dara Lawyer, WDH injury prevention coordinator, said the chances of falling and of being seriously injured in a fall may increase with age.
With another drug “DEA Take Back” day scheduled across the nation for September 27, the Wyoming Department of Health is reminding Wyoming residents that medications can sometimes be donated to help others.“Clearing unused medications from our homes is important because it helps prevent prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings,” said Natasha Gallizzi, Medication Donation Program manager and pharmacist with the Wyoming Department of Health.Gallizzi said items collected through take back events and drop boxes are destroyed via incineration.
An older Platte County woman represents the first and only human case of West Nile virus (WNV) reported to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) so far this year.“Year to year WNV activity can vary widely and is tough to predict,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Facilities Task Force will meet in Casper on Wednesday, August 20, to continue discussing the roles and needs of the state’s public healthcare facilities.The meeting will begin at 9 a.m.
Adam Merrell has joined the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) as the new administrator for the Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC) in Lander.Merrell has worked in skilled nursing for the past 17 years with a focus on regional oversight.
It’s not too late to register for Wyoming’s Biggest Loser RunWalk event set for Sunday in Casper.The Biggest Loser RunWalk includes a half marathon, a 5K race and a kids’ one-mile fun run for ages 4-12.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is inviting interested residents to attend a stakeholder meeting August 14 to introduce a healthcare approach known as “community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare.” The meeting will be held from 8 a.m.
With a significantly increased number of reported gonorrhea cases this year, especially in Campbell County, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents that preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases remains important.
With continued growth in reported pertussis (whooping cough) cases this year, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is encouraging awareness of the disease and vaccination to help protect vulnerable residents, especially infants.
Wyoming’s First Lady is encouraging state residents to register for the upcoming Biggest Loser RunWalk event planned for August 17 in Casper.“When parents and kids spend time outdoors and are active, it’s a great thing for so many reasons,” said Wyoming’s First Lady Carol Mead.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Facilities Task Force will meet Tuesday, July 22 at the Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC) in Lander to continue discussing the roles and needs of the state’s public healthcare facilities.The meeting will begin at 8 a.m.
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding emergency medical volunteers and professionals across the state to register for the 44th Annual Wyoming Trauma Conference planned for August14-17 in Cheyenne.“Each year our annual conference plays a key role in training and motivating those involved in Wyoming’s emergency response and trauma systems,” said Andy Gienapp, WDH Office of Emergency Medical Services manager.
Income guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program are being updated once again, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.“Many people know about the food items our program helps them purchase.
While splashing in the waters of Wyoming’s pools and lakes is a favorite activity for many families, swimmers should take steps to avoid catching or spreading recreational water illnesses that can take away their summertime fun.When germs get into the water, they can cause diseases such as cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis and shigellosis if swallowed.
While enjoying activities or working outdoors during Wyoming’s warmer months, residents should avoid mosquitos and ticks because they can spread potentially serious disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).Mosquitos spread West Nile virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals and other birds.