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Flu cases in Wisconsin have spiked significantly in February 2020, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
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Twelve people have died while snowmobiling in Wisconsin in the 2019-20 season, and the state could be on track for a deadlier winter than its 10-year average.
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A case of the novel coronavirus in Wisconsin was confirmed by the state Department of Health Services on Feb. 5. WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses why medical face masks are a visible part of this outbreak and what public health officials say about using them.
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Drug overdose deaths in Milwaukee County reached a record high in 2019.
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Flies were used during early research into human genetics, said Dr. Doug Brusich. An assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Brusich is among a group of researchers who now use the insect to study traumatic brain injuries.
The novel coronavirus sweeping through China and rippling across the globe is invisible to the naked eye, but one of its effects is increasingly conspicuous on sidewalks, public transit and doctors' offices around the world: the widespread use of face masks.
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Snow is usually the culprit when school is canceled in Wisconsin in winter. In the 2019-20 flu season, however, several schools around the state have closed due to illness.
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The novel coronavirus has reached Wisconsin, making it the 12th confirmed case in the U.S. Wisconsin state epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard discusses this case, pending investigations and how the virus could potentially spread in the region.
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China has instituted severe quarantine procedures to try to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, but what does that process look like in Wisconsin? UW School of Medicine and Public Health professor emeritus Patrick Remington discusses isolation and quarantine procedures in the state.
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A Dane County resident who traveled to China contracted the novel coronavirus, health officials confirmed on Feb. 5. The adult patient is the Wisconsin's first confirmed case of the new respiratory illness.