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* The health department will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th, 2017.  

The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 5/23/2017

Did You Know?

May 22-28 is the 13th annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.  Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. This week we’d like to highlight swimmer hygiene and the need for swimmers to take an active role in helping to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs.

Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks or play areas, lakes, or other recreational water. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, and it is often caused by germs like CryptosporidiumGiardia, norovirus, Shigella, and E. coli O157:H7. Other common RWIs include skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. Children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk for RWIs. 

The CDC shares 5 simple messages to protect your health, and the health of others, every time you swim.

  • Don’t swim if you have diarrhea.
  • If you are diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis, don’t swim for an additional 2 weeks after diarrhea has resolved.
  • Don’t swallow the water.
  • Keep your ears as dry as possible, and dry your ears thoroughly after swimming.
  • Don’t swim if you have open wounds.

For more information on RWIs, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/rwi.html

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North Shore Health News

Health Officer, Ann Christiansen interviews with TMJ4
Our Health Officer, Ann Christiansen, was interviewed on TMJ4 about our Heroin Resource Guide. Watch here: http://ow.ly/RJQx30ailrc

Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released

The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends.  Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating illnesses caused by the Seoul virus, a very rare type of hantavirus (known as Seoul virus) carried by Norway rats. Individuals who have had contact with rats and who experience Seoul virus symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately. Learn more at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/hantavirus.htm

Meningococcal B vaccine

If you are or have an undergraduate student returning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for semester break, students are advised to get your second dose of the meningococcal disease serogroup B vaccine. Contact your health care provider to schedule this vaccine. More information on the Meningococcal disease outbreak at the University of Wisconsin Madison can be found at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/front/meningitis-and-prevention

Our Mission

In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.