Posted in November 2014

Being Safe Over the Holidays

The Langlade County Health Department wants you and family healthy and safe over the Holidays.

Keeping yourself and others healthy requires a person to stay home if not feeling well.  Below are some questions to ask yourself before going to work or sending your child to school.

  1. Do you have a fever? Stay home if fever 100 degrees F or higher as a fever is your body’s way of fighting off infection.
  2. Do you have a sore throat? Sore throat is very common with a cold, but can also indicate strep or start of the flu.
  3. Do you have a severe cough that “takes your breath away” or makes you “gag” or vomit? Or a cough that just won’t go away?  You may need to see a Provider for testing or treatment.
  4. Do you have an upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea? Stay home if not feeling well. Diarrhea can be a cause for concern especially in younger children and be contagious to others.
  5. Do you or your child not feel well enough to participate in usually activities?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you or your child should stay home until feeling better.  Fever should be gone for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, have no sore throat, persistent cough or stomach upset  symptoms.

Let’s stay healthy this Holiday season!

Further information can be found:

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/influenza/ColdFluPertussis

 

 

Food Safety Precautions

Food Safety Precautions

Ron Barger

Langlade County Health Department

 

In order to prevent food borne illness from occurring, safe food handling practices should apply throughout the year. Excess bacteria in food that is not properly handled or prepared can cause not only illness, but ruin you and your guest’s entire get-together. The Langlade County Health Department offers these suggestions to keep food safe from harmful bacteria:

  • Wash hands, utensils and food prep surfaces with hot soapy water before and after food preparation. Clean or wash your hands frequently as this will help decrease the spread of harmful bacteria.
  • Keep raw meat, poultry, eggs and seafood and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods; never place cooked food on an unwashed plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, eggs or seafood.
  • Cook meats to the proper internal temperature. There are several types of food thermometers on the market that will help you determine when meat is thoroughly cooked.
  • Refrigerate or freeze perishables promptly. Prepared food and leftovers should be refrigerated within two hours of serving. Make sure the refrigerator is set to no more than 40⁰ F for proper cooling and the freezer is set at no more than 0⁰.
  • When traveling longer distances, transport food in a cooler packed with plenty of ice. When re-warming the food, make sure the internal temperature is back to a safe level before serving.

By following these basic guidelines, you will reduce the chances of food-borne illness making you or your guests ill. Additional information on food safety can be found at the CDC Food Safety Education web site:  http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/prevention.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Prepared

The Langlade County Health Department encourages everyone to be prepared for weather related emergencies. Planning and preparing for emergency situations requires you to think through situations before an emergency actually exists. One way to prepare for an emergency is to have a home emergency kit available. Having the following items on hand will be useful if you need to stay home during an emergency:

  • Have a supply of drinking water on hand
  • Various canned foods and a can opener
  • Dry cereal and crackers
  • Juices
  • Baby food and infant supplies such as diapers and wipes
  • Pet food and pet supplies
  • Flash light and extra batteries
  • Portable radio
  • Hygiene products
  • First-aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Any other supplies that you think you may need

Store your supplies in a cool, dry place in large sealable containers. Rotate your supplies periodically to keep them fresh and ready for use. If using a portable generator or heating device, make sure the unit is properly vented to the outside. For further information on home emergency kits or other emergency preparedness topics, contact the Langlade County Health Department at 715-627-6250.

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