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Government Center
7410 County Road K
Siren, WI 54872
In the News
PrEP-A Preventative Action for HIV
While new testing technologies and many other accomplishments have increased the percentage of persons living with HIV who know their status and have access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services; HIV remains a health concern in our community.  More than 7,900 people are estimated to be living with HIV in Wisconsin, including an estimated 1,000 people who are unaware of their HIV infection.

PrEP is a daily medication that can reduce the chance of getting HIV. PrEP may be a useful medication in a variety of circumstances/lifestyles, for instance gay/bisexual men, heterosexuals, and injection drug users. Find out more by viewing the PrEP 101 factsheet. You can also visit the HIV/AIDS Page from the CDC.

Flu Season
“When someone gets their flu shot they’re not only protecting themselves, but also their family, friends, and co-workers from serious illness,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “There have already been a number of reported cases of influenza in Wisconsin including some hospitalizations, which underscores the importance of going in early to get your flu shot.” 

View the entire press release.

Opioid Crisis

Recently the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced their #HopeActLiveWI campaign to address the opioid crisis. With this they have created five steps to protect health and safety:
1) Talk with a health care professional about other ways to manage pain
2) Never take opioids in greater amounts or more often than prescribed
3) Avoid taking opioids with other drugs, including alcohol
4) Store opioids in a secure place and out of the reach of others
5) Dispose of unused opioids at a medication drop box

The find out more about their campaign view their entire press release.

Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

In 2015, over 27 million people in the United States reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs, and over 66 million people (nearly a quarter of the adult and adolescent population) reported bingei drinking in the past month.1 Alcohol and drug misuse and related disorders are major public health challenges that are taking an enormous toll on individuals, families, and society. Neighborhoods and communities as a whole are also suffering as a result of alcohol- and drug-related crime and violence, abuse and neglect of children, and the increased costs of health care associated with substance misuse. It is estimated that the yearly economic impact of substance misuse is $249 billion for alcohol misuse and $193 billion for illicit drug use.

View the entire executive summary or report.

Fewer Wisconsin youth are smoking cigarettes than ever before, but more of them are reporting using e-cigarettes, according to the 2016 Youth Tobacco Survey, a report released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

View the entire press release on E-cigarettes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a press statement informing of a possible local-borne Zika virus transmission in Texas. Be sure to take precautionary steps to help prevention Zika virus infection.

Read the full press release.

Salmonella Infections
As of November 28, 2016 there have been 12 identified cases of Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to contact with dairy calves in the state of Wisconsin. View the CDC's Salmonella Page to find out more about the infections and preventative measures, such as proper hygiene.