Board Of Health: Be Aware of West Nile Virus, Rabies

Board Of Health: Be Aware of West Nile Virus, Rabies

The Johnson County Board of Health gave their quarterly report to the county commissioners at a recent commissioner's meeting.

Veterinarian Dr. Dwayne Christensen reported that there is a pretty serious rabies outbreak in Goshen and Laramie Counties, with several people treated there.
A horse in Johnson County had tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia which is a rare occurrence in the county, he said.
The horse was euthanized and others are under quarantine.

Dentist Dr. Brian Cotant reported that the State Dental Director, responsible for overseeing the state's public health hygienists has been let go after just six months. The position is “in limbo,” he said, and the state is looking into filling the position.

County Health Officer Dr. Mark Schueler said that West Nile Virus season has begun in Wyoming and he expects we will have sporadic cases. Although most people will not have serious cases of the virus, about one in 50 will have a serious case that may affect the brain, the ability to move around, walk and talk. He said the virus is generally not fatal but it is a disease people should avoid, and recommended taking precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

He reported that the new nursing home project at the Johnson County Healthcare Center (or JCHC) has begun.
It is slightly behind schedule due to the re-bidding process it went through, but he said the JCHC staff and administration is hopeful it will still open in the fall of 2016.
The facility will have 44 rooms for 44 residents when completed.

A new physician, Dr. Lisa Mullen, will join the clinic staff in late September, after completing her training in Idaho.
She will be working in family practice and obstetrics.

Dr. Schueler said there has always been a shortage of mental health professionals in Johnson County, but now is a particularly hard time to seek mental health as Northern Wyoming Mental Health has only one
counselor working there.
The office is looking into hiring more staff.

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