August 8, 2018

Late Summer Brings Increased Risk for Harmful Algae Blooms

Protecting Your Family from Harmful Algal Blooms


 

 

July 27, 2018

Marathon County Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

A dead bluejay found in Marathon County on July 15, 2018 has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Press Release


 

June 20, 2018

Wisconsin Division of Public Health Monitors Dead Birds for West Nile Virus

Fight the Bite! - West Nile Virus in Wisconsin


 

April 26, 2018

Measles Exposure in La Crosse and Trempealeau Counties

On 4/21/18 the Wisconsin Immunization Program was notified that an individual from out of state with confirmed measles visited La Crosse and Trempealeau counties.

Measles Exposure Information


 

November 15, 2017

Flu season is under way in Wisconsin.

Learn about influenza, and how you can protect yourself and others by getting a flu shot.

Influenza Information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services


 

September 19, 2017

Enjoy Wild Game Safely This Season

State health officials are reminding hunters, their families, and anyone who serves or eats wild game to make sure the meat is cooked thoroughly before eating.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services News Release


 

July 6, 2017

Fish Consumption Advisories

With fishing season underway in Wisconsin, you may be enjoying some freshly caught fish. Eating fish is part of a healthy diet as fish are generally low in calories and fat and high in protein. However, some fish contain chemicals that can hurt a person’s health.  Find more information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Choosing Which Fish to Eat.

Use the Wisconsin DNR's online query tool for advisories spcific to your area.


 

June 9, 2017

Be Ready for Hot, Humid Weather

Temperatures near 90 degrees and high humidity are expected in the area during the next several days.  Learn how to stay safe during hot weather by reading the tips in this Ready Wisconsin press release.


 

March 29, 2017

Marathon County Continues to be Among the Healthiest Counties in Wisconsin

News Release


 

March 7, 2017

Planning to Get Away for Spring Break? Zika Symptoms and Protection Against Mosquito Bites...
This flyer includes general tips for protection against mosquito bites while traveling and potential Zika symptoms to watch for when returning home.  Click here.


 

January 20, 2017

January is Radon Action Month
Radon is a dangerous gas that can sometimes be found in homes.

Click here learn more, and find out how to get a test kit.

News Release


 

January 18, 2017

Traveling to a warmer destination this winter?  Some information about the Zika virus...

Taking a break from the Wisconsin winter?

Pregnant and traveling to a warmer destination?


 

October 12, 2016

Who Can You Protect This Flu Season?

Wisconsin State Health Officer encourages everyone to protect themselves, and those around them, by getting a flu shot.

News Release


 

September 15, 2016

Dead Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

The Marathon County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Marathon County on August 22nd, 2016 has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Press Release


 

August 15, 2016

Be Aware: Health Concerns Related to Blue-Green Algae

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/water/bg-algae/contacts.htm


August 11, 2016

Wisconsin’s fish consumption advisory booklet, titled “Choose Wisely 2016 – A health guide for eating fish in Wisconsin” is now available.


 

July 20, 2016

Tips from State health and emergency preparedness agencies to stay healthy and safe during the expected high temperatures this week.

News Release: Beat the Heat: Extremely High Temperatures in the Forecast


 

February 3, 2016

Information Regrading the Zika Virus Outbreak in Central America, South America, the Carribean, and Mexico

General Information About the Zika Virus

Travel Notices for those Visiting Areas Affected by the Zika Virus


 

February 3, 2016

While paint, dust, and soil are the most common sources of lead, other lead sources also exist

Drinking water - Your home might have plumbing with lead or lead solder. You cannot see, smell, or taste lead, and boiling your water will not get rid of lead. If you think your plumbing might contain lead:

  • If your water has not been used recently run the water to flush the pipes.  The water will turn colder when the water in the pipes from the house are flushed and the water is coming from the main lines.
  • Use only cold water for drinking and cooking.
  • Always run water for 15 to 30 seconds before drinking it, especially if you have not used your water for a few hours.

Call your local health department or water supplier to find out about testing your water.

Protect Your Family, select “Drinking water”

How does lead get into my tap water?

Sources of Lead Exposure


 

January 20, 2016

2015-2017 LIFE Report Released at the LIFE Community Forum on January 19, 2016.

Click here to access the report, including a snapshot report, and video series.


 

January 20, 2016

"Baby Business" The Dollars and Sense of Investing in Working Parents

Panel Discussion Event Scheduled for Wedneday, February 10, 2016 - See flyer for additional details.


 

January 13, 2016

Avoid - Spot - Treat Frostbite & Hypothermia

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


 

January 6, 2016

January is Radon Action Month
Radon is a dangerous gas that can sometimes be found in homes.

Click here learn more, and find out how to get a test kit.

News Release


 

December 15, 2015

Marathon County Health Department has noticed an increase in the number of reported pertussis cases since December 1, 2015

News Release


 

October 30, 2015

Free, Confidential STD Testing Walk-In Clinic - December 15, 2015

Family Planning Health Services, Inc., in Wausau, will be holding a free clinic 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Click here for more information.


 

October 2, 2015

New Local Foods Website Highlights Where You Can Purchase Local Food, Helping the Local Economy, and Encouraging Healthy Eating

http://marathoncountylocalfood.org/


 



September 14, 2015

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released updated fish consumption advisory information online.

DNR makes updated fish eating guidance available online


 

July 30, 2015

Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition - Heart of Wisconsin Chapter - International Event

The Global Big Latch On - July 31, 2015


 

July 28, 2015

Marathon County Health Department has received confirmation of a bird tested positive for West Nile Virus

Press Release

West Nile Virus disease fact sheet


 

June 11, 2015

Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day - June 11, 2015

Message from Wisconsin Emergency Managment


 

June 1, 2015

Summer Picnic Food Safety

Foodborne illnesses tend to increase during the summer months for two reasons. First, bacteria can multiply faster when it’s warm. Second, people are cooking outside more, away from the refrigerators, thermometers, and washing facilities of a kitchen. The four basic steps can help keep your summer meals safe:

  • Clean.  Wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling food. Wash surfaces and utensils with hot soapy water after each use, rinse and sanitize. Also, rinse fresh produce under running tap water.
  • Separate. Keep raw meat, poultry, eggs and seafood, and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods. Never place cooked or ready-to-eat food on an unwashed plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, eggs or seafood.
  • Cook. Use a meat thermometer to make sure meats are thoroughly cooked.
  • Chill. Refrigerate food leftovers as soon as possible. When using coolers, use plenty of ice or ice packs.  Keep the food containers tightly sealed especially if there are raw meats and ready-to-eat foods in the same cooler.

Don't Invite Foodborne Ilnesses to the Picnic


 

May 22, 2015

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Fish

For information related to the recently reported outbreak of salmonella, which includes cases in Wisconsin, please visit the following websites.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Website: Initial Announcement

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Fact Sheet


 

May 15, 2015

West Nile Virus Testing and Wisconsin Dead Bird Reporting Hotline

West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus by feeding on infected birds. Annual WNV surveillance occurs in specific sick or dead birds including crows, blue jays, ravens, though occasionally other species. Individuals can call the Wisconsin Dead Bird Reporting Hotline 1-800-433-1610 to report a sick or dead bird and for information about submission.

WI Department Of Health Services, factsheet https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p42104.pdf
WNV website, https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/arboviral/westnilevirus.htm


 

May 5, 2015

Have a safe place for your baby to sleep?
Marathon County Health Department will host a safe sleep Cribs for Kids event on June 1, 2015.  Click here to view the flyer for additional details.


February 18, 2015

Warming Shelters Available During Extreme Winter Weather

In the City of Wausau, an overnight warming shelter is available from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. at the Community Warming Center, 540 South 3rd Ave. (phone: 715-849-3311) Day time warming shelters are located at the Marathon County Public Library sites during library hours. (website: http://mcpl.us/about/locations/) The Salvation Army location at 202 Callon St, Wausau is also open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


February 9, 2015

U.S. Multi-state Measles Outbreak 2014—2015

The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California.  No confirmed cases have been reported in Wisconsin, as part of this outbreak.

Measles Fact Sheet

Measles Vaccination


January 14, 2015

State Health Agency Urges Residents to Fight the Spread of Influenza and Other Illnesses

Wisconsin is experiencing an especially bad influenza season, and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging people who may have the flu, or other illnesses, to stay home from work or school to avoid spreading sickness.  DHS also urges state residents to avoid visiting elderly family, friends, or anyone in a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home, if they are under the weather.

Wisconsin has also seen an increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough), and in outbreaks caused by norovirus.  Along with staying home when sick, DHS urges residents to avoid illnesses through frequent and thorough hand washing, covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, eating nutritious food, exercising, and getting enough rest.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services News Release

Find Flu Shot Clinics in Wisconsin

Influenza Fact Sheet
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Fact Sheet
Norovirus Fact Sheet


January 7, 2015

Warming Shelters Available During Extreme Winter Weather

In the City of Wausau, an overnight warming shelter is available from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. at the Community Warming Center, 540 South 3rd Ave. (phone: 715-849-3311)  Day time warming shelters are located at the Marathon County Public Library sites during library hours. (website: http://mcpl.us/about/locations/)  The Salvation Army location at 202 Callon St, Wausau is also open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


January 5, 2015

January is National Radon Action Month - Test Your Home for Radon Gas

Press Release


December 23, 2014

New Results - Healthy Communities Making Connections

The rising cost of health care is a challenge in need of solutions.  The following document and video showcase Wisconsinites meeting this challenge by making healthier places to live, learn, work and play.  The report tells the story of tackling this issue and getting results.  Some examples are from Marathon County.  The effort is local, the successes are impressive and the momentum can be sustained – if we act now.


November 6, 2014

Are You Ready for Winter?

Information and fact sheets about winter in Wisconsin, from Wisconsin Emergency Management

Winter Awareness News Release Wisconsin Winter Facts Winter Driving in Wisconsin Wind Chill Chart

 

 

Keep Warm and Safe & Be Prepared at Home Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors Winter Weather Events

September 26, 2014

Enterovirus D68 Confirmed in the State of Wisconsin

As of September 25, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed one positive case of Enterovirus D68 in Wisconsin.

What We Know & What CDC is Doing
Wisconsin Department of Health Services - News Release
Enterovirus D68 Disease Fact Sheet


September 12, 2014

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Issues 2014 Revised Fish Consumption Advisories

Choose Wisely: A Health Guide for Eating Fish in Wisconsin
Eating Your Catch - Making Healthy Choices


September 10, 2014

Healthy Marathon County to Host Legislative Candidate Forum October 23, 2014

The forum will include discussion on critical issues facing Marathon County: Alcohol - Tobacco - Obesity
Forum Flyer
www.healthymarathoncounty.org


August 20, 2014

State Reports First Human West Nile Virus Case This Year

State and local health officials announced today that the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) was reported in an Ashland County resident. Health officials are reminding people to protect themselves against mosquito bites.
Press Release from Wisconsin Department of Health Services


June 6, 2014

Heat Awareness Day - June 12, 2014

Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the National Weather Service are reminding people of the dangers associated with extreme heat and to promote community safety and health.
Tips to Keep Safe in Hot Weather
Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness and What to do


May 9, 2014

Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness: Things to Know and What You Can Do to Prepare
Basic Tornado and Severe Weather Definitions & How to be Prepared


April 30, 2014

West Nile Virus dead bird surveillance begins May 1

The Marathon County Health Department will be collaborating with State and Federal agencies for West Nile Virus (WNV) surveillance which begins May 1 and goes to October 31. WNV is transmitted by mosquitoes and surveillance involves testing of dead birds for the virus. Residents finding a dead bird should call the USDA dead bird hotline at 1-800-433-1610 for guidance. WNV can cause no or mild illness in most people, however, approximately 1% develop serious illness. For more information on WNV, illness symptoms, and how to protect yourself, visit: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/P4/P42104.pdf

For information on using mosquito repellants safely, visit: Using Insect Repellants Safely - CDC


February 3, 2014

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

Don't Rush Your Baby's Delivery Date

What You Can Do

 

January 24, 2014

Warming Shelters Available During Extreme Winter Weather

In the City of Wausau, an overnight warming shelter is available at the Community Warming Center, 540 South 3rd Ave. (phone: 715-849-3311)  Day time warming shelters are located at the Marathon County Public Library sites during library hours. (website: http://mcpl.us/about/locations/)

 


January 10, 2014

Significant Increase in Seasonal Influenza Seen in Wisconsin

Flu can be a very serious disease for anyone.  Click here for more information.

 


January 3, 2014

Winter Weather Health and Safety

Life-Threatening Cold Air to Grip Wisconsin

Hypothermia and Frostbite Fact Sheet

Safety Tips

 


December 5, 2013

Questions, Answers, and Resources About Shingles

Questions and Answers

 


December 5, 2013

Be Ready for Winter Weather and Extreme Cold

Be Ready for WinterWinter Storms and Extreme Cold

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety (CDC)

 


November 27, 2013

Increased Incidence of Pertussis in Marathon County - Notification for Medical Providers

Fact Sheet for General Public

 

Shingles Information - Fact Sheet About Symptoms, Treatment, Etc.

 


October 23, 2013

2013-2014 Guidelines for Nursing Home Respiratory Outbreaks

Guidelines regarding prevention and control of acute respiratory outbreaks in long-term care facilities 2013-2014

 

 


August 26, 2013

Marathon County Early Years Coalition Launches New Raise Great Kids Website

www.raisegreatkids.org

 

 

 

 


August 20, 2013

Healthy Communities equal Healthy Businesses

A healthy, thriving workforce makes for a healthier business. Investing in health - in the workplace and in the community - reduces health care costs, improves productivity and makes businesses stronger.

Prevention Means Business

 


August 14, 2013

CDC Article on Marathon County 2010 Blastomycosis Outbreak Published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases

Article

 


Start School Year Off Right by Making Sure Children are on Schedule with Vaccinations

Wisconsin Department of Health Services News Release

 


Marathon County Health Department has received confirmation of a bird tested positive for West Nile Virus

The positive bird means that residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites.

West Nile Virus Update

Additional Information

 


Affordable Health Care - Health Insurance Marketplace

The Obama administration has launched a new educational campaign about the Health Insurance Marketplace. The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their health insurance needs when open enrollment begins on October 1, 2013. On the recently updated HealthCare.gov website, you can compare plans and get information about the Marketplace in your state.

Customer service representatives are also available toll-free at 1-800-318-2596. People with hearing and/or speech disabilities may call using TTY/TDD technology at 1-855-889-4325.

 


First Bird in Wisconsin Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Washington County

News Release

 


Summer brings increased risk of tick bites and the diseases transmitted by ticks.

Tips to Avoid Exposure to Tick-borne Diseases

 


Fish Consumption Advice from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Find Personalized Advice for Your Favorite Fishing Spot

See the General Consumption Advice for the Vast Majority of Waters Statewide

Video: Eat Safer Fish in Wisconsin

 


Report: Burden of Excessive Alcohol Use in Wisconsin

Tuesday, March 12th marked an historic day in the fight against alcohol misuse in Wisconsin. For the first time, we have a report that lays out the burden of excessive alcohol use* on the community. All 72 counties in Wisconsin now have a “cost” of how alcohol is impacting their community’s health, public safety & economy.

Click here for an executive summary and Marathon County report. (5.67 MB)

Click here for the full report. (17.69 MB)

 


In-Home HIV test now available through major pharmacies and retailers, as well as online.

The OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test, the first rapid self-test kit for the detection of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is now being sold nationally in major pharmacies and retailers and through the Internet. For information about the benefits of testing, visit www.knowyourstatustoday.com. For more information regarding AIDS/HIV resources in our community, contact the Marathon County Health Department at 715 261-1900 or the AIDS Resource Center 715 355-6867 or www.arcw.org.

 


Invest in US: Early Learning Matters

 

 

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