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Park service warning of Swimmer's Itch at Lake Mead

Park service warning of Swimmer's Itch at Lake Mead

The Lake Mead Recreation Area is warning people about the potential for Swimmer’s Itch at the lake.

Swimmer’s Itch is caused by a parasite that produces eggs that are passed in the droppings of waterfowl that flock to the lake during migration season. The larvae can be in the water, and when they contact humans, they will burrow into swimmer’s skin.

The contact causes an allergic reaction which results in a rash and severe itchy skin. It usually does not require medical attention. The larvae do not actually develop under a person’s skin but die off quickly.  

The park service is reminding people to not swim in areas with an abundance of birds or where there are a lot of bird droppings. For people who do choose to swim, experts advise toweling off vigorously and rinsing off as soon as possible.

If a person does develop the rash, an anti-itch lotion or corticosteroid cream can be used to ease the discomfort.

New Additions to Boulder City Hospital Now Open

New Additions to Boulder City Hospital Now Open

Boulder City celebrated a big opening Friday, which has been years in the making.

The hospital's new 10-bed inpatient geriatric-behavioral medicine center and 10-bed inpatient acute rehabilitation unit are now in business.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was instrumental in getting a $13 million loan from the USDA for the hospital, and he was on hand for the ceremony.

The acute rehabilitation center will provide care for a variety of conditions, including spinal cord and brain injury, amputation, arthritis and major multiple trauma. The geriatric wing will treat things like depression and other mental health issues.  

The new additions were made possible by a collaborative efforts between the USDA rural development, Building Hope Nevada, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, The City of Boulder City, and Clark County.

New Additions to Boulder City Hospital Set to Open

New Additions to Boulder City Hospital Set to Open

The new additions to the Boulder City Hospital are now set to open.

The new 10-bed inpatient geriatric-behavioral medicine center and the 10-bed inpatient acute rehabilitation unit will open officially next week with an opening ceremony Friday, Jan. 24.

The two new programs were part of an effort by the Department of Agriculture, Building Hope Nevada, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, the city of Boulder City and Clark County.

The acute rehabilitation center will focus on helping patients recover from strokes, spinal cord and brain injuries, orthopedic disorders and major trauma.

The geriatric center will focus on behavioral care for people suffering from depression, delusions, mood swings and other psychiatric symptoms.

Sen. Harry Reid will be at the opening ceremony and will tour the new facilities. The new additions were announced last March.

Boulder City PD Taking Part in Operation Medicine Cabinet

Boulder City PD Taking Part in Operation Medicine Cabinet

 

Boulder City Police will be participating in this year's Operation Medicine Cabinet set for Saturday.

The operation allows people to drop off prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications anonymously with no questions asked.

The department will be accepting the medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Boulder City Hall.

The operation is in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Take Back Day. The idea is to get expired and potentially dangerous medications out of medicine cabinets. It also keeps them from being flushed into the water system. 

Boulder City Hospital Gets Money to Expand

Boulder City Hospital Gets Money to Expand

Senator Harry Reid announced new funding for the Boulder City Hospital Wednesday.

The funding will be used to expand and renovate the hospital. The expansion will include a state-of-the-art surgical center, expanded emergency department and enhanced physical and occupational therapy services.

"Boulder City Hospital has saved a lot of lives, and saved a lot of pain and suffering and it will continue to do that," Senator Reid said.

Construction is set to start this spring and the project will be finished in 2014. The hospital will remain open during the renovation. The expanded hospital will provide 90 new jobs to the community.

The Boulder City Hospital was originally developed as a federally funded health care facility to provide care for people working on the Hoover Dam.

The money for the project came through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program.

Hospital Gets $14 Million Grant for Expansion and Renovation

Hospital Gets $14 Million Grant for Expansion and Renovation

 

Renovation and expansion of Boulder City Hospital will be funded by a $14 million federal grant, according to information from the office of Senator Harry Reid.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development fund. According to the USDA, the hospital’s pharmacy, home health, lab and dietary areas will be remodeled, and surgery, physical therapy, long-term care and admissions lobby will be renovated and expanded. The Emergency Department also will be expanded by more than 5,100 square feet.

Apparent Swimmer's Itch Reported at Lake Mead

Apparent Swimmer's Itch Reported at Lake Mead

 

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Rangers say a higher than normal waterfowl population at Lake Mead's Boulder Beach may be to blame for the poison ivy-like rash some swimmers have reported over the weekend.

Authorities with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area say nine people have reported the rash, which rangers believe is Swimmer's Itch. The rash comes when parasites that are found in some birds burrow into human skin and cause an allergic reaction.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say most cases of the rash don't need medical attention, and can be relieved with anti-itch cream.

Rangers say they're monitoring the shoreline and plan to conduct water quality tests.