Johnson County Board of Health: Wyoming In Flu Spotlight

Johnson County Public Health
Johnson County Public Health

At their last meeting, the Johnson County Board of Health heard reports from Dr. Mark Schueler with the Johnson County Healthcare Center on flu in the state, the recent national meningitis outbreak and how it pertains to Wyoming, and a staff member at the JCHC interested in the Board of Health.

Dr. Schuler reported that Wyoming is currently “in the spotlight nationally” as one of the most active areas for influenza. He said that is unusual as the virus doesn't normally take hold here until after the more heavily-populated coastal areas have had it for awhile, and he has no explanation why.

The meningitis outbreak that has happened in 23 other states, causing over 100 illnesses and a few deaths has not surfaced in Wyoming. Schuler said the cause was contaminated steroid medications used in injections. None of the contaminated steroids were delivered to the state and he doesn't expect any cases to surface here as most of those exposed have been notified.

Finally, he reported that Dr. Ryan Ludwig, the newest member of the JCHC medical staff, is interested in becoming the Assistant County Health Officer and will be attending meetings as he can.

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