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Avoid Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases Summer time temperatures mean the increase in outdoor activities which ultimately means the increase in reports of tick-borne related diseases. There are three well-characterized tick-borne illnesses that are prevalent in Nebraska which include, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and tularemia. These diseases are believed to be greatly associated with two species of tick native to Nebraska: Dermacentor variabilis, the Rocky Mountain wood tickand Amblyomma americanum, the Texas Lone Star tick. Click here for more information.

Prevent West Nile Virus The increase of rainfall and the arrival of summer weather mean the return of mosquitos. With these mosquitos is the potential for the arrival of West Nile Virus. Panhandle Public Health District has begun West Nile Virus surveillance activities to monitor the presence of the virus in the area.  Click here for more information.

Local National Diabetes Prevention Program First in State to Achieve Full Recognition On April 23rd, 2015 the National Diabetes Prevention Program offered at Panhandle Public Health District in Hemingford achieved full recognition by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program.  PPHD is the first site in Nebraska to achieve full recognition currently there are 9 active sites across the Panhandle coving 11 counties.  Click here for more information.

Panhandle Public Health District featured in report to the White House and Congress For the last four years the National Prevention Council (NPC) has submitted a report to the White House and relevant committees of Congress describing national progress in meeting specific prevention, health promotion, and public health goals defined in the National Prevention Strategy.  Panhandle Public Health District (PPHD) is honored to be selected as a featured story with a handful of other departments and agencies across the nation. Click here for more information.


“Outfitters at Cabela’s, member of the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council,
start their morning with stretching exercises during Cabela’s annual wellness week.”

To find out how Funding Public Health protects our communities and kids,saves lives . . . and saves money click here.

 Updated June 16, 2015

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