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North Shore Health Department Highlights - 2/18/2020 - Heart Health

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February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you could take now to help your heart. Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).

The below conditions and behaviors that put all people at risk for heart disease are appearing at younger ages:

  • High blood pressure (HBP). Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke. To learn more about HBP, go to the NSHD website (https://www.nshealthdept.org/ChronicDisease.aspx) and take the Blood Pressure 101 quiz under Resources on right of screen.
  • High blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having diabetes and obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels. To learn more about controlling cholesterol levels, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/prevention-management.htm
  • Smoking. More than 37 million U.S. adults are current smokers, and thousands of young people start smoking each day. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease. If you do smoke, call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line. This is a free service to help people quit smoking, vaping, or other tobacco use. It is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) to talk to a friendly quit coach. 

No matter how old you are, you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to your heart. Learn how to be heart healthy at any age. Go to: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/index.htm

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North Shore Health News


When: February 25th, 2020 


Where: UW-Milwaukee Union Ballroom

2200 East Kenwood Blvd.

Milwaukee, WI 53211

COVID-19 Update 2/24/2020

North Shore Health Department is continuing to work with CDC and Wisconsin DHS on obtaining the most up to date information on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. As of Feb. 24th there has only been one confirmed case in Wisconsin.  The risk to the general public is still low at this time. 

Wisconsin continues to report high influenza like illness activity. To prevent the spread of influenza and other viruses remember to cover your coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently, stay home when you're sick and get your flu shot. The North Shore Health Department still has flu vaccine available. Please call 414-371-2980 to schedule an appointment.

On February 5th, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus (named "2019-nCoV") in Wisconsin. The immediate health risk to the general public for contracting this virus is low. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to encourage travels returning from China or contacts of patients with a confirmed case who become ill to let their health care providers know of their possible exposure before arriving at a health care facility.

 The steps Wisconsin residents can take to help prevent the spread of this virus are the same used to protect against colds and the flu: cover your coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently, and stay home when you're sick.


January 15th, 2020 - Romaine Lettuce Outbreaks Declared Over - Consumer Advisory Lifted

The FDA is lifting the consumer advisory to avoid romaine lettuce from Salinas as the growing season for this region is over, and there is no longer a need for consumers to avoid it. There is also no need to avoid other produce products from Salinas.

 The FDA and CDC have been tracking two multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks. Today, federal health officials are declaring both multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks over. One of the outbreaks sickened 167 people in 27 states. The other outbreak, linked to Fresh Express salad kits, sickened 10 people in five states. See the FDA's website for more details.


Fisher-Price Recalls Rock 'n Play Sleepers Due to Reports of Deaths


Hazard: Infant deaths have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances. Full details on the recall and remedy are available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.

Severe Pulmonary Disease Among Adolescents who Reported Vaping

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local health departments are investigating a cluster of people with severe lung disease who all reported recent vaping. Learn more about the investigation at: https://www.dhswisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm.

Documentary on youth mental health produced in partnership with the USA Today Network-Wisconsin and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Four young people share their mental health journeys in hopes of encouraging others to get help for their mental health challenges. See video at PBS.org.

Business Owners:

We have learned of recent cases where people, posing as health inspectors, obtain financial information or force payment of unpaid fees. In some cases, the impostor has cited inspection reports. As always, it is important to verify that a health inspector is who they claim to be by checking their ID and obtaining a business card. As a reminder, we will not ask for financial information, nor will we accept payment by credit or debit card in person or over the phone. If you encounter potentially fraudulent activity by an individual claiming to work for the North Shore Health Department or North Shore Environmental Health Consortium, or if you would like to verify identity of an inspector, please call us at 414-371-2980.


State Health Agency Announces Free HIV Testing Now Available at Select Walgreens Pharmacies in Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a collaborative effort with Walgreens to provide free rapid HIV testing for anyone 18 years of age or older, with or without health insurance, at five Walgreens pharmacies in Milwaukee.

The rapid HIV testing is now available at the following Walgreens pharmacy locations in Milwaukee:

7171 N Teutonia Ave.370 E Capitol Dr.2826 N MLK Dr.3522 W Wisconsin Ave.2625 W National Ave.Find out more about the importance of getting tested for HIV at GetTestedMKE.com.

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 or e-mail us at nshd@browndeerwi.org 

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.