General Environmental Health

Prescription Medication Spilling From an Open Medicine BottleMedication Disposal

One way to protect the environment and prevent medication abuse is to properly dispose of unused, expired, or unneeded medications.  The Merrill Police Department and Tomahawk Police Department have free medication drop boxes available onsite.

Bed Bugs

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Chemical Facts

Blue Green Algae

This summer, watch out for blue-green algae blooms in Lincoln County waterways and avoid Blue-Green_Algae_swimming in water where visible scum or mats of blue-green algae are present.

Exposure to algal blooms may cause you to have the following symptoms: sore throat, congestion, cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing, eye irritation, itchy skin, red skin, hives, earache, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Measures to protect you, family, and animals from harmful algal blooms:

  • Do not swim in water that looks like “pea soup”, green or blue paint or that has a scum layer or puffy blobs floating on the surface.
  • Do not boat, water ski, etc. over such water.
  • Do not let children play with scum layers, even from shore.
  • Shower and wash hands after swimming in lakes, rivers and ponds.
  • Do not fish from lakes where algal scum is present.
  • Do get medical treatment right away if you think you, your pet or livestock might have been poisoned from algal toxins.
  • Do pay attention and respect water body closures and health advisories.

Resources:

Mercury in Fish

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Useful Links:

Wisconsin Department of Environmental Health

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