Valentine To Lincoln Run
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:37
A Lincoln man has completed a nearly 200-mile run in five days from Valentine to Norfolk. Tom Volk started in Valentine on Monday of last week and finished his 196-mile trek Friday in Norfolk. He says he ran about 12 minutes and 30 seconds for each mile, which included a few walk breaks. He started his journey with Andy Pollock, who also lives in Lincoln. They had hoped to make the run together to call attention to the need to finish the trail west of Valentine. They planned to only stop for water, other liquids and food about every 10 miles. Pollock ran 101 miles before stopping on Wednesday, because of a half-dollar sized blister on his left foot.
First Flu Cases Confirmed in Nebraska
Monday, 20 October 2014 07:24
Flu is here. The first confirmed cases of the season have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. There are three, all in Douglas County.
“Several viruses are in the news right now including Ebola and enterovirus, but it’s also important to remember that flu can be a serious disease,” said Dr. Joseph Acierno, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Public Health for DHHS. “Getting vaccinated is the most important step you can take to protect yourself and your family from flu.”
The severity and the length of flu seasons vary, but flu season in the U.S. typically peaks between December and February. Though public health officials can’t predict exactly what flu season will be like this year, they recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible for the best protection.
DHHS officially started flu surveillance Sept. 28. Surveillance shows where the flu is and how fast it’s spreading across the state.
DHHS uses multiple surveillance systems to track flu viruses, including sentinel physicians who report the number of people with flu-like illness weekly, lab tests, school surveillance, hospital data, emergency department data and death reporting.