Caution Swimmers of Blue-Green Algal Blooms

When in doubt, best keep out!

What is Blue-Green Algae?

Blue-green algae, technically known as cyanobacteria or what many people refer to as “pond BG Algae Caution Sign  8 5 x 11scum,” are naturally found in waterways in Lincoln County at low levels. When conditions are just right blue-green algae can grow very quickly in number producing a scum layer or mat on the surface of water. Booms typically occur during the warm weather months between mid-June and mid-September. People may be exposed to blue-green algae thought contact with the skin, through inhalation, or by swallowing contaminated water.

Current Lake Conditions

Currently Lake Nokomis is posted with a caution for Swimmers of Blue-Green Algal Blooms, as well as Pelican Lake in Oneida County.

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Lincoln County Health Department Kicks Off HPV Awareness Campaign!

If there was a vaccine that could prevent cancer, wouldn’t you get it for your child? Lincoln Circle-Kids2County Health Department announces new efforts to increase vaccine rates for the cancer prevention Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among youth in Lincoln County. The plan includes a public awareness campaign geared toward families of youth, school immunization clinics, and education opportunities for health care providers.

The primary purpose of the HPV vaccine is to prevent cancer. The vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer in women as well as several other types of cancers in men and women. HPV is spread generally through sexual contact. The shot is usually given at or around age 11-12 for both boys and girls. It is given as three shots over six months. HPV vaccine is also recommended for older teens and young adults who did not receive the vaccine or did not complete the 3 doses when they were younger. It can be given at the same time as the vaccines that prevent whooping cough and meningococcal disease, as well as any other vaccines youth may be due to receive. Continue Reading > >

EBT and Debit Now Welcome At Farmers Markets

DETA-5Local farmers’ markets are a great source of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods. Now through a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention CHANGE (Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation grant) provided by Wisconsin Division of Public Health and the support from community partners, buying fresh local produce is possible for FoodShare recipients.

Access to healthy foods was identified in 2012 as a health priority for Lincoln County. The percentage of Lincoln County residents receiving FoodShare benefits rose from 5.2% in 2007 to 14.1% in 2012. Statistics also show that 31% of WIC participants have low food security, and 5% have very low food security. Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for those with low food security is a way to increase availability of healthy foods to all Lincoln County residents. Continue Reading > >

Heatstroke in Children

On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.HEATSTROKE-PREVENTION4 (5)

Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. Or we are tempted to quick run into the store and leave a child in a car alone. The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. These tragedies can be prevented.  See the tips below to help keep kids safe. Continue Reading > >

First Bird in State Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in 2014

Health officials today (5/20/2014) announced that a dead crow found in Dodge County has chikungunyatested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird to test positive for the virus in Wisconsin this year. Although very few mosquitoes actually carry West Nile virus, birds that have the West Nile virus serve as an early warning that the virus is in the area and people should take extra steps in protecting themselves against mosquito bites.

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