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Rabies prevention strategies, including animal vaccinations, can help state residents avoid a deadly disease for themselves, as well as for their pets and livestock, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).In 2015 a Fremont County woman died due to rabies, which was Wyoming’s first recorded human rabies case.

Wyoming smokers can take advantage of a free prescription medicine option to help them quit by enrolling in the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP), according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“We want to be sure Wyoming smokers who are ready to put cigarettes behind them understand how they can benefit from the free three-month prescription to Chantix our program now offers,” said Vitaliy Kroychik, tobacco prevention specialist with WDH.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming, localized increase in reported syphilis cases from southeast Wyoming this year.

A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) program helps struggling residents get the medications they need to stay healthy and recover from major health events by collecting and redistributing unused, donated prescription drugs.The Wyoming Medication Donation Program helps low-income Wyoming residents who lack prescription insurance and also the safety-net clinics that serve those clients.“Millions of dollars’ worth of medications go unused each year in Wyoming,” said Natasha Gallizzi, Medication Donation Program manager and pharmacist with WDH.

Three Park County cats have recently been confirmed as infected with plague, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

A new federal grant will help the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) expand “Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)” services to help meet the state’s growing need for effective treatment of prescription drug and heroin abuse.The department’s Behavioral Health Division (BHD) was recently awarded a $1 million “Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction” grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the first year of a possible three-year grant.

While Zika virus is highly unlikely to take hold within or near Wyoming, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official wants women who are pregnant and women trying to become pregnant, as well as their partners, to take Zika-related travel warnings seriously.Zika virus is spread to people mostly through bites of infected Aedes species mosquitos, which do not live in Wyoming due to the state’s climate.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthWhile colorectal cancer can often be deadly, recommended screenings can make it largely preventable for most people, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative.Morgan Powell with Wyoming Integrated Cancer Services at WDH said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes colorectal cancer as the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States and the third most common type of cancer in men and women.“Most colorectal cancers can be prevented with appropriate screenings because polyps can be found and removed before they turn into cancer,” Powell said.

A new plan intended as a guide for Wyoming’s efforts to help reduce cancer’s burden across the state for the next several years is available from the Wyoming Cancer Coalition (WYCC) and the Wyoming Department of Health.“The Wyoming Cancer Plan for 2016-20 is intended as a strategic, comprehensive and integrated action plan with focus areas including cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, quality of life, childhood cancer and advocacy,” said Jessica Perez, Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Program outreach coordinator with the Wyoming Department of Health.

A Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) official is encouraging residents to take advantage of a new national campaign to learn more about their potential risk for prediabetes.Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and Public Health Division senior administrator, said prediabetes is often overlooked and misunderstood.

By adding a free prescription medicine option, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is boosting the help available through the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program (WQTP) for Wyoming smokers who are ready to quit.A free three-month prescription to Chantix, a medication used to help people quit smoking, is now among the choices offered to Wyoming residents who enroll in the WQTP.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is announcing a leadership change for the Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC) in Lander effective today.

With flu activity reports beginning to increase, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) wants residents to know they should take common-sense steps to avoid spreading influenza or becoming ill with the disease.Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus.
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