News from the Wyoming Department of Health & Big Horn County Public Health
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March 15, 2020 6:45 PM
Update from Dr. Fairbanks
Big Horn County Public Health Officer
March 14, 2020 3:30 PM
There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Big Horn or Park Counties.
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March 13, 2020
Tips to Keep Your Home and Workplace Safe
March 11, 2020
Big Horn County Public Health
COVID -19 Update
March 10, 2020
Helpful Article Regarding the Holiday Blues - Dr, David Fairbanks
Flu Information from the Big Horn County Health Officer - Dr. David Fairbanks
News from the Wyoming Department of Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Contact: Kim Deti
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/.
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.
Information on Dry -Drowning
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
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County Health Officer: Dr. David Fairbanks, M.D. FAAFP
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
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