Health

MARQUETTE, MI--   UP Health System Marquette has broken ground on its new medical facility.

The campus will include a 500,000 square-foot hospital and adjoining 80,000 square-foot medical office building. 

State, U.P., and local officials marked the occasion with the ceremonial shoveling of dirt at the hospital’s new location on the former Roundhouse property off Baraga Street. 

MARQUETTE, MI--    U.P. Health System Marquette has a new Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Wael Khouli comes from HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, MN, where he served as Medical Director of Care Management.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says preliminary numbers show chickenpox cases were up this year through April compared with last year. 

In a news release Wednesday, the department said preliminary figures indicate there have been 239 chickenpox cases through April, up roughly 57 percent from the same point in 2015.

L'ANSE, MI--   The Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality heard from L’Anse residents who are concerned about living near the L’Anse Warden power plant. 

The biomass electric-generation plant is in violation of air emissions standards for releasing 5.1 pounds of hydrogen chloride per hour, according to ABC 10.  It’s required to stay below 2.17 pounds per hour. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Officials say Michigan traffic deaths rose 10 percent last year as alcohol-involved, bicyclist, teen and motorcyclist traffic deaths increased.  

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says Monday the number of deaths rose from 876 in 2014 to 963 in 2015 according to numbers from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center.

The state says the increase was most notable for bicyclist fatalities, up 57 percent from 21 in 2014 to 33 in 2015. Motorcyclist fatalities rose 29 percent, from 107 in 2014 to 138 in 2015.

GWINN, MI--   The Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in Gwinn has received $1 million to expand its services. 

The center is only one of ten in Michigan to get Community Health Center funding through the Affordable Care Act.  It will use the money to add 2,500 square feet and update the current structure, which was built in 1987. 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials warn of a rising number of salmonella cases. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday reported 20 cases since March 2 through direct contact with live baby chicks or ducklings. Six of those people were hospitalized. The department's chief medical executive, Dr. Eden Wells, says in a release that raising chicks and fresh eggs can get people sick even though it can be "fun and educational."

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The head of Michigan's health agency says there was an eight-month gap between when he was made aware of an investigation into a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint area and when the issue rose to his level again. 

Nick Lyon, director of the Department of Health and Human Services, said Monday he then waited another four months to tell Gov. Rick Snyder about the cases.

Some experts have linked the Genesee County outbreak to Flint's water crisis.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Some Michigan lawmakers are concerned that mosquitoes could spread the Zika virus in the state and voted to fund a mosquito abatement program.  

A House committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to the state budget to inject $250,000 to set mosquito traps in certain areas of the state and to educate the public about the virus.

The committee unanimously voted to shift money from a Great Lakes restoration fund into the abatement program.

Officials have confirmed two Zika cases in Michigan.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   State health officials say people are unlikely to contract the Zika virus from mosquitoes in Wisconsin this summer, but they can't rule it out. 

Mosquitoes most likely to carry Zika generally are found in the southern U.S. But the estimated range of one species reaches as far north as southern Wisconsin.

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