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8/24/2015
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.

7/30/2015
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.

7/21/2015
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.

7/17/2015
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.

7/10/2015
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming increase in reported gonorrhea cases across Wyoming this year.

7/10/2015
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).

7/9/2015
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.

7/6/2015
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.

7/2/2015
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.

7/2/2015
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).

6/15/2015
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.

6/15/2015
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.

6/12/2015
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.

6/8/2015
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.

6/1/2015
To help Wyoming residents avoid a deadly disease for themselves, as well as for pets and livestock, the Wyoming Department of Health is promoting rabies prevention strategies, including animal vaccinations.Rabies can infect any mammal, including pets, livestock, small wildlife and humans.

5/28/2015
A new regional report being shared by the Wyoming Department of Health describes health disparities among mountain state residents, including in Wyoming.The “Blueprint for Change” document, put together by the Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC), illustrates the barriers to health and social support systems that low-income and minority populations often experience.Lillian Zuniga, WDH Office of Multicultural Health manager and one of the report’s authors, said “This report should help us focus more attention on issues that lie at the heart of health disparities in our state and across the region.”Key findings include:· Wyoming experiences significantly higher rates of suicide and motor vehicle accidents than other states.· Wyoming ranks among the states with the highest rates of death by COPD, unintentional injuries, influenza and pneumonia.

5/28/2015
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is inviting nonprofit community organizations across the state to apply for a federally funded grant program intended to help prevent obesity.

5/22/2015
With Wyoming’s warmer months expected, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is reminding residents to avoid mosquitos and ticks when spending time outdoors because these insects can carry potentially serious diseases.

5/14/2015
After receiving multiple recent reports of Wyoming residents who traveled internationally and then returned to the state with illnesses such as salmonella and Hepatitis A, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is advising residents to be cautious during visits to other nations.

5/8/2015
Wyoming Department of Health Director Tom Forslund today announced the department will take temporary management of nursing homes in Rock Springs and Saratoga owned by Deseret Health Group, a private company.Governor Matt Mead said, “Our paramount concern is the safety and health of the residents in these facilities.

5/1/2015
With millions of dollars at stake, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is leading an effort to ensure Wyoming’s healthcare providers are ready for big changes coming this fall in how medical claims are paid.Professional medical providers use International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes to document patient conditions on billing claim forms.
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