Johnson County's Board of Health gave a report to the county commissioners at their last meeting concerning the status of influenza in the county and on radon testing, among other things.
Dr. Mark Schueler, with the Johnson County Healthcare Center, said influenza has yet to show in the county.
Traditionally, he said, Johnson County has a high percentage of residents who get vaccinated for influenza each year.
Also in his report, Schueler said he recently attended a Wyoming/Colorado public health convention where one of the topics was on radon gas testing, and why it is important for residents to test their homes for the potentially deadly gas.
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that can seep into homes. It is colorless and odorless and is difficult to detect without proper test kits. It is estimated that radon causes 21,000 cancer deaths each year in the US.
According to Schueler, nearly one-third of homes in the state have above acceptible levels of the gas when tested.
Tests can be purchased for about $7, Schueler said, and it is a simple and inexpensive way to test.
The push, by both Wyoming and Colorado, is to get more homeowners to test for the gas, and he told the commissioners that public health will be educating the public on the testing kits and how to use them.
For more information or to purchase a test kit, go to www.wyoming.radon.com