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Case of inhalational anthrax


Tue, Aug 9th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Health officials investigate case of inhalational anthrax from suspected natural environmental exposure

Officials say case does not represent increased risk to general public

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate an apparent case of inhalational anthrax in an individual who officials believe acquired the infection from the natural environment. The individual was hospitalized in Minnesota after traveling through western states, including North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Laboratory analysis in Minnesota confirmed the diagnosis of anthrax.

"All evidence points to this case of anthrax being caused by exposure to naturally occurring anthrax in the environment," said Minnesota State Epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield. The individual had exposure to soil and animal remains. Cases of anthrax in hooved animals occur yearly in parts of the country including the Midwest and West as far south as Texas, and up to the Canadian border.

Because anthrax can be used as a bioterrorism agent, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated this matter jointly with MDH, but no evidence suggesting it was a criminal or terrorist act was obtained. As such, the FBI is no longer actively investigating the incident.

Health officials stressed that the case does not represent an increased risk of anthrax to the public. "Anthrax is not spread from person to person, and it is extremely rare for humans to become sickened with anthrax, especially through inhalation," Lynfield said. In rare cases, individuals can become sickened by anthrax if they handle infected animal carcasses or ingest contaminated soil or meat from infected animals. People can also become infected by handling contaminated wool or hides or other products from infected animals. In years past, anthrax was known as "woolsorter's disease".

Because these cases are so rare, health officials are not discouraging people from traveling to areas where anthrax can be found naturally in the environment.

The individual is being treated at a Minnesota hospital.

More information on anthrax, symptoms and treatment, can be found on the MDH website at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/anthrax/anthrax.html.

Project Fit Families hosts first event in Harmony

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Last August, Melinda Lutes of Harmony started a non-profit organization called Project Fit Families. Since then, they have been working to get families in the area spending more time together, eating better, and keeping physically active.

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$10 Million in Affordable Care Act funds to help create workplace health programs

Thu, Jun 23rd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of $10 million to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their ..... 
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HHS to Reduce Premiums, Make it Easier for Minnesota Residents with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Health Insurance

Wed, Jun 1st, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) in Minnesota. PCIP is a new program created by ..... 
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Pedaling across Minnesota Bluff Country Bike MS TRAM 2011, a worthy cause

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

It is time! If you want to help multiple sclerosis research and support people with MS and have fun doing it, it is time to get into training and join the adventure. TRAM 2011 from July 24-29, a five day cycling vacation, is to be routed through the ..... 
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Innovative public-private partnership helps Minnesota schools tackle childhood obesity through changes in the cafeteria

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and seven public and private partners are collaborating to bring more nutritious, kid-friendly foods into school cafeterias across the state. The Great Trays Partnership, funded by a $2.3 million grant from th ..... 
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Public advised to stop using some skin-lightening products after testing reveals that they may contain mercury

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising state residents to stop using some types of skin-lightening products, after testing revealed that they may contain dangerous levels of mercury.

The implicated products were sold as skin-lig ..... 
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Health officials alert salon owners about hair-smoothing products that contain formaldehyde

Wed, Apr 20th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health today are warning hair salon owners and their customers about certain hair-smoothing products-sometimes referred to as keratin treatments-that may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can presen ..... 
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Teal ribbons

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Sexual Violence is when sexual behaviors and comments are unwanted. 

When sexual behavior is not consensual, is forced or is coerced, it may be a crime. These crimes includ ..... 
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