Shigella

Shigella is a highly contagious disease. It is an infection of the gut caused by bacteria. Recently, Winneshiek County had two (2) confirmed cases in area school children. Symptoms of shigella include: mild to severe diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, headache, and painful bloody, mucous stools. Diarrhea may appear 12 hours to 4 days after infection. It is possible for some infected persons to not have any symptoms. The incubation period can vary f...

Concussions

Concussions are a potentially dangerous injury for our youth often ignored and not recognized. 300,000 sports-related concussions are reported each year with actual numbers thought to be 2-3 times higher but often not reported. • A concussion is a Brain injury • All concussions are serious • Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness • Concussions can occur in ANY sport and at any age • Proper management and recognition of concussions when ...

Influenza

Influenza infects 25 to 50 million people in the U.S. each year. On an average, 36,000 people die and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized due to the flu in the United States. The flu season may start as early as October and go until May annually. The single best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this serious disease is to get vaccinated in the fall. Flu vaccines are safe, effective and can not cause the flu. Vaccines are available e...

Coping in an Emergency

"If I am involved in a emergency, how will I ever make it through? How will I get everything back to normal?" These are questions, that we may ask ourselves when thinking about the potential damage or uncertainty that an unknown emergency may bring to our lives. If you were involved in an emergency, would you know how to cope with this or how to return to "normal"? Everyone can be affected by an emergency, which could be a natural disaster such as a torna...

Taking Action

It is important to take action and plan for emergencies. Being prepared decreases the amount of stress and fear one has when a disaster arises. A plan is not only important to be developed on paper, but practiced and maintained throughout the year as well. Part of your planning is developing a communications plan. Your loved ones may not be together when an emergency strikes. Things you should do: 1. Designate a place to meet and choose a backup location ...

Public Health Emergency

What is a public health emergency? What is the role of public health in a public health emergency? You may remember from last week the discussion of the various types of public health emergencies ranging from man-made to natural disasters. In the event a public health emergency should occur, public health has very distinct roles to fulfill. Winneshiek County Public Health will prevent and control disease outbreaks. Prevention Public Health will monito...

Introduction to Public Preparedness

Since 9/11 the role of public health has changed in ways that could not have been imagined. The Iowa Department of Public Health is working with the local and federal partners in developing plans to increase Iowa’s ability to respond to possible emergencies such as bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. We have worked with the local hospital, Winneshiek Medical Center, city and county law enforcement agencies, th...

Heat Related Illness Prevention

The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips: • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot. • Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more...

Storing Water for an Emergency

With all the talk of emergency preparedness, you have been told to store water and have some available for several days. How are you going to do this? What do I store it in? Is it good forever if I store it? Standard emergency guidelines suggest that a person store 1 gallon of water per person per day in your household for 3 day to 2 week period of time. A person normally needs to drink at least 2 quarts (1/2 gallon) of water each day to maintain proper...

Home Health Nursing

Winneshiek County Public Health Nursing Services provides skilled nursing care to individuals in the privacy of their own homes or apartments, who qualify for service. Clients may currently live in their homes or be returning home from a hospitalization or from the nursing home. Nurses can provide a variety of services which may be for a short period of time or long term. These services may include: Medication management, dressing changes, treatments, bloo...