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The Iron County Wisconsin Health Department is here to serve the residents of Iron County Wisconsin by protecting health, protecting the enviroment,and preventing disease and injury.



Under age Drinking:

CDC - Fact Sheets-Underage Drinking - Alcohol

Drinking and Driving:

Teen Drinking and Driving infographic | Vital Signs

Binge Drinking:

Binge Drinking | CDCTV | CDC



MAY is Lyme Disease Awareness Month


The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease vary and usually affect more than one system. The skin, joints and nervous system are affected most often.

Early signs and symptoms

These signs and symptoms may occur within a month after you've been infected:

  • Rash. A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate Lyme disease. However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. The rash, called erythema migrans, is one of the hallmarks of Lyme disease. Some people develop this rash at more than one place on their bodies.
  • Flu-like symptoms. Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache may accompany the rash.

Later signs and symptoms

In some people, the rash may spread to other parts of the body and, several weeks to months after you've been infected, you may experience:

  • Joint pain. You may develop bouts of severe joint pain and swelling. Your knees are especially likely to be affected, but the pain can shift from one joint to another.
  • Neurological problems. Weeks, months or even years after you were infected, you may experience inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell's palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement.

Less common signs and symptoms

Several weeks after infection, some people develop:

  • Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat. Heart problems rarely last more than a few days or weeks.
  • Eye inflammation.
  • Liver inflammation (hepatitis).
  • Severe fatigue.

When to see a doctor

If you've been bitten by a tick and experience symptoms

Only a minority of deer tick bites leads to Lyme disease. The longer the tick remains attached to your skin, the greater your risk of getting the disease. If you think you've been bitten and experience signs and symptoms of Lyme disease - particularly if you live in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent - contact your doctor immediately. Treatment for Lyme disease is most effective if begun early.

See your doctor even if symptoms disappear
It's important to consult your doctor even if signs and symptoms disappear because the absence of symptoms doesn't mean the disease is gone. Left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to other parts of your body from several months to years after infection - causing arthritis and nervous system problems. Ticks also can transmit other illnesses, such as babesiosis and Colorado tick fever.



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Will Allen of "Growing Power" will be speaking at the Historic Ironwood Theatre in Ironwood, MI on Sunday, June 28th from 1-3 p.m.  Check-in time starts at 12 noon. Book signing after 3 p.m.

Zona Wick, Iron County Health Officer and Range Master Gardener, has worked diligently to get Mr. Allen here for this program. She feels that we must educate people about the benefits of growing their own food.  The goal is to demonstrate that growing food can be abundant, beautiful and culturally appropriate and supplement the community's food needs.  In many cases, the gardens serve as an outdoor classroom and gathering space for children and neighbors.  " I think that Mr. Allen's ideas can work for our rural community just as well as in an urban setting.  According to the 2015 County Health Rankings data, 24% of children are in poverty in Iron County and with no grocery store in the northern part of the county for WIC families, these are good reasons to grow a garden."

In 1993, Will Allen, a former professional basketball player, bought the last functional farm within the Milwaukee city limits and founded "Growing Power" which aims for sustainable food production, as well as the growth of communities through the creation of local gardens and Community Food Systems. They implement their mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance.

In 2008, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" for his work on urban farming, sustainable food production and with Growing Power. In 2010, Allen, founder of the Growing Power farm and training center on Milwaukee's north side, was listed in "Time 100: The World's Most Influential People.

"Growing Power" is an urban agriculture organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It runs the last functional farm within the Milwaukee city limits and also maintains an active office in Chicago. Growing Power aims for sustainable food production, as well as the growth of communities through the creation of local gardens and Community Food Systems. They implement their mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance.

Its facilities include seven large greenhouses, a kitchen, indoor and outdoor training gardens, aquaculture system and a food distribution facility. Fish, worms, bees, goats, chickens, turkeys, and ducks are also raised there. Growing Power conducts workshops and demonstrations in aquacultureaquaponicsvermiculturehorticulture, small or large-scale composting, soil reclamationfood distributionbeekeeping, and marketing. It also runs numerous collaborative projects and training projects, including a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee to train city youth in gardening, in addition to hosting interns year-round. The farm grows a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.

Mr. Allen has advocated for a return to localized food systems and teaching communities where good food isn't affordable to grow it themselves.

"A rapidly rising rate of obesity in generation after generation, leading to alarming rates of diabetes and heart disease, so that for the first time in America, despite all our advances in medicine, our life expectancy is falling," stated Allen.  "Finally, we are learning that treating illness is much less effective than preventing illness by promoting health; and that good food is the best and most fundamental preventive medicine of all."

Range Master Gardener Lynn Adams asks, "Please join us and learn how to grow gardeners and future farmers and fight hunger and obesity in your community.

Instead of charging a fee, please donate three non-perishable items or a monetary donation to our local food pantries.

For reservations:  please call Lynn Adams 906-932-3509 or email her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Zona Wick 715-561-3009 or email her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR Leave a message .

Will Allen will have a book signing after the presentation.

This free program is sponsored by the Range Master Gardener Vounteer Assoc. , Stoffel's Country Store of Hurley, WI, 46th Parallel Planters Garden Club, Tom & Arlene Schneller & Downtown Ironwood Development Auth., U-W Extension Iron County FE &the  Iron County Health Dept., Hurley, WI


Lynn M .Adams

Wisconsin Master Gardener

Wisconsin Plant Health Adviser
Master Food Preserver


328 W. Norrie Street

Ironwood, MI  49938

Master Gardeners don't always have the time to volunteer-



Employment Opportunity: Full-time Environmental Health Sanitarian


The Iron County Health Department and Iron County Zoning Department has an exciting full-time opportunity for an Environmental Health Sanitarian.  As a Level III health department, the environmental health program plays a critical role in protecting the health and safety of the people in Iron County.

Iron County is a pristine, wooded county full of lake and rivers that offer the outdoor enthusiast endless recreation activities that span all four seasons!

With the Health Officer and Zoning Administrators support and coordination, your primary duties will be:


  • Working independently to conduct inspections of restaurants, retail food and beverage establishments.
  • Working independently to conduct inspections of lodging facilities.
  • Following the Transient Non-Community Program contract agreement by collecting water samples, conducting follow up based on    results, and evaluating the condition of well and pump installation.
  • Generating electronic inspection reports (Health Space) for each establishment visited.
  • Collaborating with other staff to investigate food borne and water borne illness investigations.
  • Collaborating with other staff to investigate human health hazard investigations.
  • Providing education and outreach to non-profit organizations.
  • Complete the DHS-FSRL annual self-assessments and comply with statutory requirements under 254.69, DHS 192.12 and the DHS-  FSRL contract including program goals.
  • Building programs and services that will benefit our community!



Our Food Protection program ensures that food, water, and temporary food events are safe for our residents and travelers alike.

In the spirit of public service, our environmental health program has committed to ensure:


  • All licensees and permit-holders are in compliance with applicable county, state and federal requirements;
  • The general public is provided with prompt and courteous technical expertise and accurate information during inspection,investigations and consultations;
  • Records are accurate, organized and kept appropriately;
  • Health regulations are enforced and properly applied to individual situations; and
  • Best practice by keeping up to date on science and policy.



Other experiences we offer include:


  • Conducting investigations and providing consultation for environmental injury or illness complaints emerging from a number of environmental health concerns and human health hazards;
  • Assisting in public health preparedness planning and response to emergency events;
  • Participating in improving agency performance, processes, programs and interventions through continuous quality improvement; and
  • Performing other duties needed by our community.



Your minimum qualifications must include:


  • Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in Environmental Health Microbiology, or other closely related field.
  • Two years of employment in the Environmental Health field, preferred.
  • State of Wisconsin Registered Sanitarian's credential or NEHA equivalent.
  • A valid driver's license and reliable transportation.
  • A passion about both public service and a work-life balance.


This full time 40 hour/week Environmental Health Specialist position has schedule flexibility and a beginning salary of $23-$26 experience dependent and negotiable upon hire. We also offer an excellent benefits package consisting of health and life insurance, retirement fund, paid holidays, and generous vacation and personal leave.

Tell us about yourself by sending a resume to:


Zona Wick

Iron County Health Department

502 Copper Street, Suite 2

Hurley, WI 54534

Fax # 715-561-2836

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications must be received by May 1, 2015 to be considered! Interviews will be held the last 2 weeks in May and the successful applicant will be notified on June 1st.  Starting date will be July 1, 2015.


Basic Environmental Health Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Ability to conduct field and laboratory tests using chemical reagents, wear personal protective equipment, use inspection equipment, and operate office equipment.

2. Knowledge of basic principles and practices of environmental sanitation, principles and practices of microbiology, and epidemiology...

3. Knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software. HealthSpace and mapping programs are a huge plus!

4. Ability to comprehend and interpret applicable statutes, regulations, ordinances, codes, policies and procedures.

5. Ability to analyze data, recognize meaningful results, and correctly interpret and communicate those results.

6. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and written, with people at various levels both within and outside the department, including community presentations.

7. Access to a motor vehicle and commitment to meet and maintain the County's automobile insurance requirements.

8. Ability to apply time-management skills, exercise independent judgment, and prioritize workload.

9. Ability to accommodate flexible scheduling to address program needs.

10. Ability to effectively collaborate with community partners, co-workers, and representatives of other government agencies.

11. Ability to move through, and work in, environmentally undesirable locations. This may include bending, climbing, walking, or pushing/pulling.

12. Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.

13. Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds for short periods.

Iron County Health Department is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan


RE - L - A - X


This presentation is a must for new parents, parents who are dealing with life changes for themselves or their children, and caregivers who work with children or adults. We all live with stress and how we deal with it can change the development of our children and our relationships with them.

This highly engaging ONE TIME PRESENTATION will help you learn alternatives to anger:


  • What anger is and what triggers it
  • Calming down and de-stressing
  • The 4 principles of problem solving; effective communication skills
  • Forgiving and letting go of the past


No charge

Join us for a light supper of soup and sandwiches, discussion and handouts that will change how you deal with stressful situations

May 21, 2015

From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Conference Rooms A&B

Aspirus Grand View

If you are interested in attending con-tact;

Alicia Cook

Aspirus Grand View


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Do this for your babies, do this for your family, do this for yourself!

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.



Button Battery Safety Tips

Everything you need to know to keep your kids safe around button batteries.

Each year in the United States, more than 2,800 kids are treated in emergency rooms after swallowing button batter­ies. That's one child every three hours. The number of serious injuries or deaths as a result of button batteries has increased ninefold in the last decade.

Follow the link for safety measures...



Hurley, WI -  Wisconsin is surrounded by states that have experienced a measles outbreak.

"One of the best ways to protect the health of our families is to get vaccinated against diseases that can cause serious illness and complications," said Zona Wick, Iron County Health Officer. "By getting vaccinated, we are looking out for our children's classmates, people we work with, our neighbors - our communities."

The measles outbreak has not only affected Disneyland visitors, but 14 states, and a Chicago day care.  Infants do not receive their first MMR until 12 months of age.  This means these children are very vulnerable to a potentially life threatening illness.  "To protect these children we need to focus on "herd immunity", that means if the rest of us have had the vaccine and are protected, we will not get the disease, and so as a result cannot pass it to these children."  Wick said.

The good news in Wisconsin is that we have done a pretty good job of encouraging parents to vaccinate their children and this shows in the data we retrieved from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).  We track the immunizations of all Iron County children up to age two and found that 94% of them have had their first MMR.  Children receive the second does when they go to pre-k or kindergarten.  We also keep track of the immunizations in the schools and our records indicate that 95.8% of Hurley K-12 students have had their immunizations and 97.2% of Mercer K-12 School students have had their immunizations.  In Iron county only 29 parents have signed waivers due to health, religious, or personal reasons why they choose not to vaccinate their children.

Measles begins with cold-like symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, high temperature and red, watery eyes. By the second day after onset, a red, blotchy rash appears at the hairline and spreads to the arms and legs. Complications can include ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

To check on which immunizations you and your family need, visit the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).

Zona Wick, MS, BSN,RN

Health Officer/ Iron County Health Department

502 Copper St. #2

Hurley, WI 54534



CDC recommends vaccination amid measles outbreak

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House urged parents to vaccinate themselves and children as the once-eliminated virus continues to spread.

Understanding Vaccines -


The 2015 Childhood Immunization Schedule is now available online. Every year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults. When adopted by the CDC Director, they become official CDC/HHS policy. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report will publish a summary of childhood schedule changes in early February.  However, all of the 2015 figures, footnotes, and tables for the childhood schedule are currently available on the CDC website.


CDC has also updated the following parent-friendly schedules to reflect the new 2015 recommended immunization schedule:


CDC encourages organizations to syndicate content rather than copy a PDF version of the schedule onto their websites to share with visitors. Content syndication allows other organizations' websites to mirror CDC web content, with automatic updates whenever changes are made on the CDC site. This helps ensure that all schedules are current across the Internet. See how to display the schedules on your site.


The 2015 adult schedule is set to be published on the CDC website on February 3. Until then, the 2014 schedule will remain on the website.


We encourage you to share this information with your members by forwarding this message and/or by using social media to spread the message about the new schedules.




The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has upgraded our website to better serve Wisconsin citizens. Our agency meets many different needs-but as a whole we are here to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. A modern, well‐designed, and more responsive website will help us to achieve that.

We are using a web development tool called Drupal that has been adopted widely across both business and government. Drupal is an open source web content management system with an active development community. In other words, it is a free tool for building websites that has caught on as a practical and innovative solution worldwide.

The user experience is extremely important to us, and this upgrade has allowed us to greatly improve it.

**We studied how people navigate and why they come to   the website-and applied what we learned. Overall, visitors to our website should find it less complicated to browse, search, and find what they want.

**We are also using best practices for design. The new look is uncluttered and easier on the user's eyes.

**Our website is now optimized for mobile, which means you can view our site on any device with ease.

**We continue our ongoing agency commitment to accessibility and compliance with federal regulation, sec


Office Information

Department Head: Zona Wick
502 Copper Street
Suite 2
Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2191
Toll Free: 888-561-2191
Fax: 715-561-2836
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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