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NORTH SHORE HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. There were 1,491 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Wisconsin in 2016, with the highest number of cases occurring in June and July.  Although Lyme disease is more common in areas like Northern Wisconsin, there have been locally-acquired cases of tickborne diseases in Milwaukee County. Residents and travelers in areas where ticks are prevalent should be especially vigilant, but it is important to do tick checks regularly if you are spending a lot of time outdoors, regardless of where you live. Lyme disease is just one disease that can be transmitted from ticks. Other diseases include Powassan disease, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis and many more.

Tick Prevention
  • Avoid areas with tall grass and brush where ticks are common.
  • Apply repellents that contain at least 20%–30% DEET.
  • Wear clothing treated with 0.5% permethrin.
  • Shower soon after coming indoors.
  • Seek health care promptly if symptoms of Lyme disease develop, including fever, rash, and muscle or joint pain.
Tick Removal
  • Using tweezers, grab the tick close to the skin and pull upwards (away from the skin).
  • Do not twist, yank, or burn the tick during removal.
  • Be careful not to squeeze the tick’s abdomen, as you may dispel the contents, which are more likely to carry disease-causing organisms.
  • Clean the bite site and hands with soap and water after removal. Apply antiseptic to the bite site.
  • Put the tick in a dry jar or ziplock bag and save it in the freezer for later identification if necessary. Keep for a month after tick removal, as a rash can appear 3-30 days after a tick bite.
For more information on Lyme Disease, visit:
 http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/
 https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p01295.pdf
To learn about other tickborne diseases, visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html


 
Confirmed 2016 Lyme Disease Cases, by month
Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
JUNE HIGHLIGHTS 

Signs and symptoms of a heat-related illness

Swim Safety

Community Health Assessment Survey

Protect yourself from vector-borne diseases
CLINICS
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Tuesday, July 11th – 10:00-11:00am- Brown Deer
Thursday, July 13th  3:00-4:30pm-Shorewood
Tuesday, July 18th - 7:30-9:00 am-Shorewood
Wednesday, July 19th – 3:30- 4:30pm-Brown Deer

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) – Blood analysis for cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides, blood pressure, weight check and a nurse consultation.
Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414-371-2980.

Wednesday, July 19th – 8:00-10:00am- Brown Deer
Tuesday, July 25th – 8:00-10:00am- Shorewood


Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome – no appointment necessary)

Wednesday, July 5th - 12:45-1:15pm-Lois and Tom Dolan Comm. Center in Brown Deer
Wednesday, July 26th -  3:30-4:30pm- Shorewood
*No July blood pressure clinic at Lydell Community Center in Whitefish Bay


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Brown Deer, WI 53223 

2010 E Shorewood Blvd
Shorewood, WI 53211

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