Health Department

5:13 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Waterborne illnesses on the rise in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Health is warning people to take precautions against diseases like giardia and “crypto” when swimming in pools or other bodies of water.

Health Department Spokesperson Kim Deti says those diseases are spread when fecal matter gets into the water and can cause nausea and other stomach problems. She says last year, there were 35 cases of crypto in Wyoming.

“And we’ve been seeing an increase in our rate here since 2006,” Deti said. “National rates have gone up too, but our rate is quite a bit higher than the national rate.”

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4:47 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Health department advises caution to prevent hantavirus during spring cleaning

When you set out to tackle spring cleaning in your home or barn, the Wyoming Department of Health wants you to pay special attention to where mice might hide.

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4:10 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Health Department offers grants to open clinics in rural areas

Credit Wyoming Department of Health

The Wyoming Department of Health is trying to improve healthcare in rural communities by providing grant money for rural health centers.

The agency’s Keri Wagner says the money can be used to open new clinics, or to allow existing facilities to expand.

“Priority will be given to … applicants for new clinics in areas where access does not already exist,” Wagner said.

She added that while many areas in Wyoming don’t have access to good healthcare, money is not the only problem; it’s also hard to find doctors who are willing to live in rural areas.

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4:44 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Health Department launches suicide prevention webinars

Credit Wyoming Department of Health

The Wyoming Department of Health is hosting a series of webinars about suicide prevention, starting in early March.

The agency’s Keith Hotel says the sessions are open to the public and are geared toward people who have little knowledge about suicide prevention.

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6:25 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Health Department urges more women to get mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Wyoming Department of Health is trying to get more women in the cowboy state to have regular mammograms, meaning every one-to-two years.

Only about 67 percent of Wyoming women get mammograms, which is one of the lowest rates in the country. Carol Peterson with the Wyoming Department of Health says that’s probably partly because Wyoming is so rural.

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