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Shawano-Menominee Health Department Achieves National Public Health Accreditation!

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What do we do in Public Health?

Public health protects and improves the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection, and control of infectious diseases of an entire popoulation.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research. Public health also works to equalize the quality of health and health care for everyone in the community.

Our vision is "Healthy People in Healthy Shawano and Menominee Counties".

Our mission is to "Assure the health of Shawano and Menominee Counties by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing illness and disability, and protecting communities".

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Press Releases:

​Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed in Shawano County

October 10, 2017 - The Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department reports that a horse in Shawano County has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) which is caused by the EEE virus. The EEE virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reported the positive test result to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. No EEE cases in humans have been reported in Wisconsin this year or any year since 2011. The human EEE case in 2011 was only the second case known to have occurred in Wisconsin since 1964.

EEE virus is transmitted to humans, horses, birds, and other animals during bites from infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes acquire EEE virus by feeding on infected birds. The virus is not transmitted person to person or directly between animals or between animals and humans. Presence of an EEE positive horse confirms that there are mosquitoes in the area infected with the EEE virus that can transmit the virus to people and other animals.

To view the full press release, follow the link here

West Nile Confirmed in Shawano County

The Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department reports a dead crow found in Shawano County on July 26, 2017 has tested positive for West Nile virus.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

“The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” Judith Sengstock, Health Officer/Director said.

To view the full press release, follow the link here.

Health Officer/Director Public Health Vicki Dantoin, MSN, RN
Phone: (715) 526-4805
Fax: (715) 524-5792
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311 N Main St
Shawano, WI 54166

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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