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St. Louis Encephalitis Virus found in Mosquito Pool A mosquito pool in the Panhandle has recently tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis, the first positive pool detected for the state this season. Click here for more information.

We are very excited to honor five of the 44 recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award at the Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 6 at the Gering Civic Center.  The following organizations from this region are being honored for developing and implementing successful workplace wellness programs:

  • Banner County Schools
  • BNSF
  • Cabela’s
  • Panhandle Public Health District
  • Western Nebraska Community College

The full release issued by Governor Ricketts earlier this week can be found here  We welcome you to join us for the awards luncheon beginning at noon on October 6 at the Gering Civic Center.  The full conference brochure can be found here

Panhandle Public Health District is looking for a Public Health Nurse/Assistant Emergency Response Coordinator for up to 24 hours per week to work in our Bridgeport location. Responsibilities include disease investigation, assisting with PPHD’s emergency response plan to coordinate efforts within the district and State and to protect the public from disease, epidemics, bioterrorism and other public health threats.  For complete job description click here and job application form click here.  Please send cover letter, resume, and completed application to PO Box 337, Hemingford, NE  69348.  Competitive wage and benefits available.  We are an equal opportunity employer. Position is open until filled.

Panhandle Horse Tests Positive for West Nile Virus The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has received a report of a horse in the Panhandle that has contracted West Nile Virus (WNV). Horses can become infected with WNV after being bitten by an infected mosquito; however, they cannot transmit WNV to other horses or people after they contract the disease. While many horses can be exposed to the disease and not show symptoms, about 35% will become ill and will have to be potentially euthanized. Click here for more information.

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