Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICES: EXCESSIVE HEAT AND BATS
REMINDER TO CHECK ON THE ELDERLY - EXCESSIVE HEAT ALERT
Excessive Heat Watch
Alert Issued for Dane County
Residents Advised to Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated and Stay Connected
Madison WI – July 19, 2016 - With temperatures and heat indexes expected to reach the high 90s for Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Southern Wisconsin, including Dane County.
Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures coupled with high humidity can have some serious effects on your health such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Over 600 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States. Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.
Here are some important precautions you should take to avoid serious health consequences related to this extreme heat.
Stay in air-conditioned buildings. If you need a cool place to stay, public places such as local senior centers, libraries, and malls are good options.
Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid directsunlight.
Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Never sit in a parked car or leave a child or pet in a parked car.
Drink more than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
Avoid alcohol and liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
Make sure your family and pets are drinking enough water.
Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
Regularly check on friends, loved-ones, and neighbors either face-to-face or via telephone.
Additionally, all residents are encouraged to learn the signs and first aid response for heat-related illness. Warning signs and symptoms vary but may include:
Skin cold, pale, and clammy
Fainting and vomiting
What You Should Do
Move to a cooler location.
Lie down and loosen your clothing.
Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
High body temperature (above 103°F)*
Hot, red, dry or moist skin
Rapid and strong pulse
What You Should Do
Call 911 immediately -- this is a medical emergency.
Move the person to a cooler environment.
Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
Do NOT give fluids.
For more information on extreme heat see
For frequently asked questions on extreme heat, see:http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/faq.asp
Notice of the watch can be found at
An online version of this release is available at
What to do if there´s a Bat in your Bedroom
Presence of a Bat Creates Possible Risk of Rabies Exposure
Madison WI – July 19, 2016 – This is the time of year when bats start showing up in people´s houses. These more frequent indoor appearances are happening because young bats born in the spring are now old enough to take to the air in search of food and new places to live. This can be not only an unsettling experience; it also can pose a serious health risk.
Bats are primary carriers of rabies, and bat bites are often hard to detect. Finding a bat in a bedroom in the morning raises the concern that someone may have been bitten by the bat while they were sleeping. Since exposure to rabies can be deadly, it is important to do everything possible to assess this risk; and that might mean suppressing your first impulse.
"Your instincts will probably tell you to get the live bat out of the house or throw the dead bat into the trash. In this situation, this is absolutely the wrong thing to do, because you need to have the bat available for lab analysis to properly assess your risk of exposure," says Patrick Comfert, Animal Services Officer for PHMDC.
If you suspect a bat bite, and the bat is alive, try to catch it safely. For detailed instructions on how to safely capture a bat see:http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/contact/capture.html. Be careful not to damage the bat´s head since the brain needs to be intact for proper testing. If you find a dead bat, use a paper towel or disposable rubber gloves and carefully place it in a small plastic container, such as a cottage cheese type container and put it in the fridge for safe keeping.
Once the dead or alive bat is properly contained, call Police and Fire Dispatch at (608) 255-2345 during business hours and ask for Animal Services. An Animal Services Officer will pick up the bat and transport it to the lab.
If the bat tests negative after the laboratory analysis, you can safely assume that you have not been exposed. If it tests positive, you will need the rabies vaccine to prevent infection. If the bat is not available for analysis, the only safe course of action is to get the anti-rabies vaccination.
To date this year, 10 bats have tested positive for rabies in Wisconsin, two of which were from Dane County. Last year, a total of five bats tested positive in Dane County. Comfert concludes that, "Even though these numbers suggest that the risks of exposure may be low, since the consequences are catastrophic, it is best to not take any chances and get vaccinated if you suspect a bat bite and the bat is unavailable for testing."
Bats play an extremely important role in nature by eating enormous quantities of insects, including mosquitoes. Our role is to keep our distance and make sure that we seal up any small openings in our homes to help eliminate the possibility of an unwanted bat visitor.
More detailed information on rabies can be found at:
More details on bats and rabies can be found at: www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/education/index.html.
For information on the good that bats can do and the importance of bat conservation, see www.batcow.org/.
An online version of this release can be found at
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