Almost every summer our forest around us can be plagued with wildfires that can deliver dense smoke miles away into the river valley were live in. This may seem nothing to be concerned about actual fire reaching our community, but wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. They can make you cough or wheeze and can make it hard to breath. There are some things you can do to protect your health from wildfire smoke like staying indoors, stay alert to news coverage or health warnings, keep windows close to prevent smoke from entering your home, use an air conditioner, and use a filtered mask like N95 or N100 industry mask if you are going out doors. Bottom line is avoid breathing smoke if you can help it.
Other helpful fact sheets from the CDC website about wildfire smoke.
Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash PDF
Reduce Your Smoke Exposure PDF
Protect Your Large Animals & Livestock for Wildfire Smoke PDF
Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash PDF
Foot and Mouth Disease
This announcement is in regards to Hand Food Mouth disease that has affected our community and communities.
Hand Foot Mouth Disease is a Viral condition that leads to ulcers, or sores, inside or around the mouth, a rash or blisters on the hands, feet, legs, or buttocks.
This virus is usually contracted by Children 10 years or younger, but can affect adults as well. The virus is spread through contact with everyday items such as doors, phones, tabletops, and especially contact with others who have the virus.
Early signs of the condition include Fever and Sore Throat. Blisters will form a day or two on the hands, feet, in the mouth and can be painful.
This condition is normally not life threatening so please do not be alarmed. The condition usually runs its course in a few days similar to that of a common cold
But, if you feel you have any of these signs or symptoms and need to be seen by a medical provider when you come to Winslow Indian Healthcare, Leupp, or Dilkon clinics please notify our front desk staff, nursing or medical staff immediately upon arrival of your condition and they will do everything that they can to assist you through this.
If possible please call in advance, but this is not required.
Thank you for your attention to this matter again this is a Public Service Announcement and Notification.
Jorge Kinds RN BSN MBA
SCN WIHCC Urgent Care
Yá’át’ééh The Division of Community Health Services Newsletter of Winslow Indian Health Care Center publishes quarterly. Paper copies are available at WIHCC facilities at Winslow Indian Care Center, Leupp clinic and Dilkon clinic.
Winter 2021 issue is available