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North Shore Health Department Highlights for 8/20/2019

The North Shore Health Department has fielded quite a few bat-related calls lately, likely as the breeding season runs from June 1-August 15. Bats are responsible for the majority of human rabies cases. Rabid bats have been documented in all 49 continental states. In Wisconsin there have been almost 400 known rabid bats since 2002.  Humans need to exercise extreme caution if a bat is found in their dwelling. Bat bites can be difficult to detect and the virus can be transmitted to humans from minor or unrecognizable bat bites, as well as from scratches. Bats should never be kept as pets.

In the case of known or suspected human exposures involving bats, the bat should be safely collected, by an animal control specialist if necessary, and brought to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society for euthanasia. NSHD will coordinate the submission of the bat to the state lab for rabies testing. Rabies post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment is recommended for all persons with bite, scratch, or mucous membrane exposure to a bat, unless the bat is available for testing and is negative for evidence of rabies.

Follow these tips on how to minimize exposure to bats:

  • Prevent bats from entering outdoor living quarters and other occupied space by sealing all holes to the outside.
  • Screens or mosquito netting can provide a useful barrier against direct bat contact.
  • Teach children to never handle live or dead bats, and not to approach any unfamiliar wild or domestic animals (even if they appear friendly). Tell them to report any contact or unusual animal behavior to an adult right away.
  • Keep all pets up to date on their rabies vaccines and municipal licenses. This will help to keep your family safe from potential rabies exposures via domestic animals.

The good news is that rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt appropriate medical care. If you are bitten, scratched, or unsure about exposure to a wild animal, wash the wound immediately and talk to a healthcare provider about whether you need PEP.

To learn more about rabies and bats, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/exposure/animals/bats.html

To learn more about the prevalence of rabies in Wisconsin this year, go to: https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/RabiesMap2019.pdf and in past years, go to:

https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/RabiesMap2018.pdf and https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/RabiesCountCumulative.pdf

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North Shore Health News

Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 BEACH Report

The EPA’s Beach program provides funding to monitor 3,943 coastal recreation beaches in the United States. As part of this program, the North Shore Health Department monitors three of these at Atwater, Klode, and Doctors Park. See for the full EPA report: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-07/documents/beach-swimming-season-report-2018.pdf.

Severe Pulmonary Disease Among Adolescents who Reported Vaping

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is investigating a severe lung disease among teens who say they had been vaping. Parents, learn how Tobacco is Changing, and the risks vaping poses for your kids at dhs.wisconsin.gov/tobaccoischanging/index.htm 

Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone 

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.


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. Call for details 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.

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.