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Public Health - Programs and Services

Prevention
Child and Adult Immunizations
Communicable Disease Investigation and Follow up in cooperation with the Wyoming Department of Health
Screening for TB testing – Testing, treatment, and follow up when indicated

Maternal and Family Health
Pregnant Women’s Medicaid enrollment
Best Beginnings – Support and education for expectant parents, home visits to new mothers and babies, Breastfeeding Support,
Children’s Special Health – Referral and Care Coordination for families of children with special health care needs.

Adult Health and Chronic Disease
Nurse visits in the home or our office
Medicaid Eligibility for Nursing Home and Community Based Care

General
Health Information and Referral to State Health Programs
Community Resource Guide
Health Education classes and presentations are available by request
Community Services Block Grant - Financial Assistance for urgent health needs to low income persons

Emergency Preparedness
Public Health Response to disasters and bioterrorism

Outreach Services
WIC clinics at both offices weekly
Family Planning Clinic in Greybull twice monthly

Public Health - About Us

 

News from the Wyoming Department of Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Contact: Kim Deti

Phone: 307-777-6420

Plague Confirmed in Sheridan County Cat

A Sheridan County cat has recently been confirmed as infected with plague, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). No human cases have been identified in the area.

The cat’s home is in Big Horn and the animal is known to wander outdoors in the area. The illness was confirmed by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie earlier this week.

“Plague is a serious bacterial infection that can be deadly for pets and for people if not treated as soon as possible with antibiotics,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH. “The disease can be transmitted to humans from ill animals and by fleas coming from infected animals. We want people to know of the potential threat in the cat’s home area as well as across the state.”

“While the disease is rare in humans, we assume the risk for plague exists all around Wyoming,” Harrist said. Six human cases of plague have been exposed in Wyoming since 1978 with the last one investigated in 2008. There are an average of seven human cases across the nation each year.

Recommended precautions to help prevent plague infection include:

  • · Use insect repellent on boots and pants when in areas that might have fleas
  • · Use flea repellent on pets, and properly dispose of rodents pets may bring home
  • · Avoid unnecessary exposure to rodents
  • · Avoid contact with rodent carcasses
  • · Avoid areas with unexplained rodent die-offs

Plague symptoms in pets can include enlarged lymph glands; swelling in the neck, face or around the ears; fever; chills; lack of energy; coughing; vomiting; diarrhea and dehydration. Ill animals should be taken to a veterinarian.

Plague symptoms in people can include fever, swollen and tender lymph glands, extreme exhaustion, headache, chills, coughing, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. People who are ill should seek professional medical attention.

More information about plague is available online from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/plague/.

 

 

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News from the Wyoming Department of Health

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 27, 2018

Contact: Kim Deti

Phone: 307-777-6420

 

First Wyoming West Nile Virus Case Reported for 2018

Wyoming’s first reported West Nile virus case for 2018 involves a Fremont County adult, 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 or other birds. 

“Wyoming residents should remember to take steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH.

Most people infected with WNV don’t have symptoms. Among those who become ill, symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. A very small number develop West Nile neuroinvasive disease with symptoms such as severe headache, fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.

Since WNV first appeared in Wyoming in 2002 the number of reported human cases has varied widely from year to year. “It’s possible that many people who are ill due to WNV are not getting tested for the disease, which affects reporting and makes it difficult for us to know the true number of cases,” Harrist said.

The “5 D’s” of West Nile virus prevention include:

1) DAWN and 2) DUSK - Mosquitos prefer to feed at dawn or dusk, so avoid spending time outside during these times.
3) DRESS - Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt outdoors. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials.
4) DRAIN - Mosquitos breed in shallow, stagnant water. Reduce the amount of standing water by draining and/or removing.
5) DEET - Use an insect repellent containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). When using DEET, be sure to read and follow label instructions. Other insect repellents such as Picaridin (KBR 3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus can also be effective.

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Information on Dry -Drowning

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Influenza Alert 

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Flu Vaccination:

It’s Not Too Late!

With flu activity increasing and family and friends planning gatherings for the holidays, now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. This season, CDC recommends only flu shots (not the nasal spray vaccine).

While seasonal flu activity varies, flu activity usually peaks between December and February, though activity can last as late as May. As long as flu activity is ongoing, it’s not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against this potentially serious disease. Even if you have already gotten sick with flu this season, it is still a good idea to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).

Schedule your appointment with Big Horn County Public Health at either location Greybull 307-765-2371 or Lovell 307-548-6591

 

Big Horn County Public Health is funded by Big Horn County and the Wyoming Department of Health

Big Horn County Public Health Nursing
“Healthy People in Healthy Communities”

Wyoming Department of Health
“To Promote, Protect, and Enhance the Health of all Wyoming Citizens”

County Health Officer: Dr. David Fairbanks, M.D. FAAFP

Staff Photo

Staff photo 2016 not pictured Tracy Jolley Lovell Administration assistant (800x600)

Back Row: Caroyln Barnes, RN - Lovell clinic, Kami Neighbors, Public Health Response Coordinator, Dr. David Fairbanks, County Health Officer, Trudy Craft, RN, BSN Greybull Clinic. Front Row: Kristi Stevens, Administrative Assistant Greybull clinic, Hillary Mulley, RN, BS Lovell Clinic Supervisor, Bobbie Jenks, RN, BSN Big Horn County Nurse Manager. Not pictured Tracy Jolly, Administrative Assistant Lovell clinic 

 

Hours:  Monday thru Friday
8am – 12 Noon and 1PM – 5PM
Closed Weekends and County Holidays

Contact Public Health

Greybull Office
located at the Senior Center
417 S 2nd St
Phone: 307-765-2371
Fax: 307-765-2381

E-mail: phngreybull@wyo.gov

 

Lovell Office (new location!)
213 E 3rd St
Phone: 307-548-6591
Fax: 307-548-6517

E-mail: phnlovell@wyo.gov