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North Shore Health Department Highlights 10/16/2018

Did you know?

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, a time to raise awareness about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and steps you can take to prevent it. Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss. Once hearing is gone, you can’t get it back. Hearing loss from loud noise can be prevented. About 70% of people exposed to loud noise never or seldom wear hearing protection. Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years can damage your hearing—even long after exposure has stopped. Everyday sounds typically do not damage your hearing. However, many people participate in activities that produce harmful sound levels, such as attending loud sporting events and music concerts and using power tools. Loud sound can damage sensitive parts of the ear, causing hearing loss, ringing or buzzing in the ear and increased sensitivity to sound. Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years affects how well you hear later in life and how quickly you develop hearing problems.

What can you do to protect your hearing?

  • ·         Turn down the volume of the TV, radio, or music.
  • ·         If listening to loud music, take listening breaks to reduce your exposure.
  • ·         Use quieter products (power tools, toys, recreational vehicles) whenever they are available.
  • ·         Reduce equipment noise by replacing worn, loose, or unbalanced machine parts. Keep equipment well lubricated and maintained.
  • ·         Use hearing protection devices (such as earplugs and earmuffs) when you cannot avoid loud sounds.
  • ·         Make hearing protection convenient. Stash earplugs in your car or workshop for easy access.
  • ·         Keep children away from loud music or equipment at home.

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/default.html




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North Shore Health News

Ground Beef Recall

6,500,966 pounds of raw beef products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800)-727-2333.


10:30 am
October 2, 2018

NOTICE:
We have received multiple phone calls from people who received a call from our office number (414-371-2980). 
The caller requests to speak with a resident, but when questioned, they hang up.
We are currently investigating this issue and apologize for any inconvenience.

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K2 and Spice Still Causing Hospitalizations in Wisconsin 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is warning people about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, often called “fake weed”, “K2”, and “spice” as people continue to be hospitalized with severe bleeding after using these products which have contained rat poison


Bike Helmets Available for $10!

The North Shore Health Department and
SafeKids Southeast Wisconsin have partnered
to help all bicyclists ride safer!
Come to either of our Health Department offices
to be fitted and receive a new bicycle helmet for
just $10.00! Adult and children’s sizes
available.


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

The 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.


Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is Now Open 

The Dead Bird Reporting Hotline (1-800-433-1610) has been activated and will remain open through the mosquito season until October 31, 2018. Just like previous years, the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline is available for Wisconsin residents to report sick or dead birds, and to facilitate West Nile virus (WNV) testing of corvids (crows, ravens, blue jays) to monitor WNV activity. 


Kiddie Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home. For more information call 833-551-7739 or visithttps://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/kidde-recalls-dual-sensor-smoke-alarms-due-to-risk-of-failure-to-alert-consumers-to-a


Lead Poisoning Prevention Toolkit 

Check out the Lead Poisoning Prevention toolkit that the health department created at Protecting Our Kids From Lead.


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

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.