Health Department

Marathon County Health Department

Marathon County Health Department (MCHD) works to protect and improve the health of our local communities.  Use the menus on the left side to find information about the services provided by Marathon County Health Department.  Call 715-261-1900 if you have questions or would like additional information.

Health Department Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Measles Facts and Resources

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California.  From January 1 to February 13, 2015, 141 people from 17 states in the U.S. and Washington DC have been reported as having measles.

Parents should make sure their children are protected against measles with two doses of MMR vaccine–the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose 4 through 6 years of age.

Measles Can Be Serious

• About 1 in 4 unvaccinated people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized;
• 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling (encephalitis);
• 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care

Unless they have evidence of measles immunity, college and other students, health care personnel, and international travelers should get 2 appropriately spaced doses of MMR vaccine, and other adults should get 1 dose. Ask your health care provider if you have questions about whether you need MMR vaccine.

LIFE Survey

If you receive a copy of the LIFE Survey in the mail, please take a few minutes to complete and return it.  The results are used to develop the LIFE Report and set priorities for action in our community.  Last year’s report is available at  Your input is valued.  Thank you.

Popular Topics

Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease): Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Communicable Disease Reporting

List of Reportable Diseases. To report a communicable disease, please call 715-261-1900. If a call is placed after hours or on a holiday, a phone number will be provided to contact the on-call manager.

Pertussis Guidance


Joan M. Theurer

Health Officer: Joan M. Theurer, R.N., MSN
Phone: 715-261-1900 (also TDD)
Fax: 715-261-1901
E-mail: Contact Us

Address: Map
1000 Lake View Dr., Suite 100
Wausau WI 54403-6781

Department Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.