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 News from the Wyoming Department of Health

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Contact: Kim Deti
Phone: 307-777-6420

Public Input Sought on Wyoming Air Ambulance Service Issues

Meetings Set in Riverton, Casper

State residents are invited by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) to offer their thoughts, ideas and perspectives on air ambulance service online or during two upcoming public meetings.

The Wyoming Legislature passed legislation earlier this year intended to help address air ambulance coverage and cost issues. The legislation requires WDH to develop a plan to ensure affordable air ambulance transportation in the state for submission to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The first public meeting is planned for Riverton on May 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Central Wyoming College in Main Hall Classroom 171.  A second public meeting, focused on air ambulance providers, will be held on May 16 from 9 a.m. to noon in Casper at Casper College in Strausner Hall Room 217. An online comment opportunity can also be found at

Important questions about air ambulance service include:
·         How big of a problem is affordability and balance billing?
·         What kind of access to air ambulance do we need?
·         How much are we willing to pay for that access?
·         How much should individuals pay in the rare event they need an air ambulance?

 The first two public meetings will include both a presentation on the department's intended plan, as well as a listening session for public comment. Another series of meetings will be held in July after the plan is finalized.

People who might be particularly interested in voicing their opinions include:
·         Members of the public who have had an air ambulance flight
·         Medical providers who deal with air ambulance
·         Hospital leadership and staff
·         Air ambulance providers and staff


News from the Wyoming Department of Health


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Contact: Kim Deti

Phone: 307-777-6420

Department Seeks Mental Health, Substance Use Survey Responses

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) invites residents to share their thoughts and opinions about community-based mental health and substance use disorder services through an online survey.

The survey is part of an overall statewide assessment effort meant to help the WDH Behavioral Health Division state identify treatment capacity and resources, plan federal funding expenditures and direct future initiatives.

The online survey can be found at: and will be available through June 3. 

The assessment, conducted by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), will include data analysis, focus groups, key informant surveys and stakeholder interviews. Regional feedback sessions are being planned.

WICHE will incorporate their findings into a final report, which is expected to include suggestions related to innovative workforce options, programming and service delivery.

A needs assessment is an important component of both the Community Mental Health Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, which are issued by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to WDH each year. 

More information about mental health and substance use treatment services in Wyoming can be found at



Helpful Article Regading the Holiday Blues - Dr, David Fairbanks

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Flu Information from the Big Horn County Health Officer - Dr. David Fairbanks

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News from the Wyoming Department of Health


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




 Pfizer, Inc. Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of One Lot Of Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, a division of Pfizer Inc., is voluntarily recalling one lot of Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle because of customer complaints that the dosage cup provided is marked in teaspoons and the instructions on the label are described in milliliters (mL).

Pfizer concluded that the use of the product with an unmatched dosage cup marked in teaspoons rather than milliliters has a chance of being associated with potential overdose. The most common symptoms associated with ibuprofen overdose include nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, blurred vision and dizziness.
Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle temporarily reduces fever, relieves minor aches and pains due to the common cold, flu, sore throat, headaches and toothaches.

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News from the Wyoming Department of Health



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.



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



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