At their last meeting the Johnson County Commissioners heard the first quarterly report from the County Board of Health.
Veterinarian Dr. Christiansen reported that ticks are out and people should be aware and careful not only with their pets but themselves. Anyone outside in general should check to make sure they aren't inadvertently bringing parasites in with them that can transmit a number of diseases from Lyme Disease to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Dr. Cotant said although the position hasn't been filled yet, the position of the State Dental Director has been approved, which he said was good news for the entire state, as grant money will now be available for the various hygiene programs in the state.
Dr. Ludwig said influenza cases are finally starting to taper off after a significant flu season this winter. More than 4,000 cases were reported in Wyoming alone, he said, but the good news is the flu vaccine used this year was a good match for fighting this particular strain of the virus.
Public Health Nurse Ann Jarvis showed a number of new products that are now being used in the public health office, gave examples of the grants that they apply for every year and gave the quarterly grant report and touched on staff training.
Staff members have had recent training in immunizations, management of staff, zoonotic diseases, communicable diseases and newborn immunizations.
The next meeting of the County Board of Health will be during the commissioner's meeting Tuesday, July 2nd.