Health

Welcome to the Bayfield County Health Department. It is our responsibility to protect the health of our residents through a wide variety of programs and services. From Community Health to Environmental Health and Emergency Management, we provide a full array of prevention, inspection, licensure, health, safety, and wellness promotion services.
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What's New This Week?

Reminder to parents – school is starting soon! Did you remember to get your child caught up on school-required immunizations?

Bayfield County Health Department is holding Back-to-School Immunization Clinics this month in preparation for the new school year.

Children are eligible for free immunizations if they qualify for the Vaccine for Children Program: (at least one of these) Native American, Alaskan Native, no insurance, underinsured, BadgerCare or Medicaid participants AND must be 18 years of age or younger.

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Upcoming Back-to-School Immunization Clinics

Date Time Location
Thursday, August 9th
9 am - noon
Bayfield Co. Health Dept.
Thursday, August 16th
Noon - 3 pm
Bayfield Co. Health Dept.
Tuesday, August 21st
3 - 6 pm
Bayfield Co. Health Dept.
Monday, August 27th
9 am - noon
Bayfield Co. Health Dept.

Appointments are preferred. If you are unable to attend one of these clinics, contact the department directly to schedule a time that works for you*. Please call Bayfield County Health Department with any questions at (715)373-6109, extension 270.

*Normal business hours are Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.


BAYFIELD COUNTY BIRD TESTS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS
Protect Yourself Against Mosquito Bites


Washburn, WI—The Bayfield County Health Department reports a dead crow found in the City of Washburn on July 30th, 2018, has tested positive for West Nile virus.  This is the first bird—an American crow—that tested positive for West Nile virus in Bayfield County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May 1st.

“The positive bird means that residents of Bayfield County need to be more cautious in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” reports Sara Wartman, Health Officer for Bayfield County.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

“Bayfield County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and how it is transmitted to humans. Preventing mosquito bites will help persons to avoid becoming ill with West Nile virus,” Wartman states. “You can take a few simple steps to protect yourself against mosquito bites and can reduce exposure by eliminating breeding ground for mosquitoes.”

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Bayfield County Health Department recommends the following:


  • Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Apply an insect repellent with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing.
  • Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
  • Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, and downspouts.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.
  • Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
  • Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas, and trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.

The majority of people (80%) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes, and people. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September.

Wisconsin DHS will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

For more information on West Nile virus, go to: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/arboviral/westnilevirus.htm

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