Buffalo County Health Department
Prevent. Promote. Protect.
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2019
For more information, contact:
April Loeffler, Health Officer/Public Health Supervisor
Buffalo County Health and Human Services
One case of Hepatitis A has been identified
[ALMA, WI] – [11/21/19] – One Case of Hepatitis A has been identified
Buffalo County Public Health has identified a confirmed case of hepatitis A infection in a food service worker at Hansen’s IGA grocery store in Mondovi, WI. The store remains open for business and is working with the Buffalo County Public Health during the investigation.
Although the overall risk of contracting hepatitis A is low, people who purchased deli items and produce are at a slightly higher risk because those foods are often not cooked further before they are eaten. Buffalo County Health officials are advising people who shopped at the Mondovi Hansen’s IGA between, between 10/28 and 11/17 and ate food from the deli to call their doctor to discuss their risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus and options for vaccination (if not already vaccinated). There is no risk of exposure outside of these dates.
Symptoms of hepatitis A can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay-colored stool, fever, chills, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Hepatitis A symptoms occur between 15 and 50 days after exposure and can last for several weeks to months. Most people recover from hepatitis A on their own, but occasionally patients may need to be hospitalized. Hepatitis A is rarely fatal. Antibiotics do not work against hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine preventable disease. If given within 14 days of exposure, hepatitis A vaccine or immunoglobulin can prevent illness.
The best ways to prevent the spread of hepatitis A are:
• Get a hepatitis A vaccine
• Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom or changing a diaper. Hand sanitizer is NOT effective against Hepatitis A virus.
• Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before and during food preparation and before eating food.
• Avoid undercooked or raw shellfish.
• Do not prepare food for others if you are ill.
If you do not have insurance coverage, hepatitis A vaccine is available at the Buffalo County Public Health located at 407 S. 2nd Street, Alma, WI. Call 608-685-4412 to make an appointment. Vaccine may also be available at many clinics and pharmacies. More information about Hepatitis A is available at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/viral-hepatitis/hav.htm
Buffalo County Board of Supervisor Opportunity
The Buffalo County Board of Supervisors is seeking one (1) thoughtful, civic minded, energetic community member to serve on the County Board of Supervisors District 3 (Town of Dover and Town of Naples). Residency in either the Town of Dover or Town of Naples is required to be considered for this vacancy.
The appointed individual will serve on the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors and various Committees for the remainder of the term which ends April 16, 2020. Members play a critical role in shaping the direction of programs and services for county citizens. Members will be appointed by the Chairperson of the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors and confirmed by the full County Board of Supervisors.
For more information and/or to request a copy of the application materials, please call Roxann Halverson, Buffalo County Clerk, at 608-685-6209 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of application is December 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. and should be sent to the Buffalo County Clerk’s Office, Attn.: Roxann Halverson, P.O. Box 58, Alma, WI 54610 or emailed to email@example.com.
The Buffalo County Chairperson will give equal consideration to all applicants.
The application is also available for download at the link below.
Addressing Project Update
The anticipated completion date of November 15th for the addressing project has not been achieved due to setbacks the sign installation contractor has experienced. Signs continue to be installed with a hoped completion date of mid-December, weather permitting. Please do not remove the old address signs prior to a new sign being installed.
Buffalo County is working closely with emergency services. E911 is entering both old and new addresses in their emergency response database. Residents may be requested to provide both addresses if calling for emergency service until the project is completed. First Responders and Fire Departments have been provided maps that have both the “old” and “new” roads names.
It has been reported that some new signs have been moved by land owners to locations that are not appropriate or conducive to locating properties by emergency responders. We ask that if you have moved signs, to locations where they are no longer readily visible from both road directions and where they are no longer perpendicular to the road, to return those signs to their appropriate locations. The goal is to assure as best as possible the safety and wellbeing of all Buffalo County residents and visitors.
Your cooperation and understanding is most appreciated.