Gov. Deal expands state of emergency to all 159 counties in Georgia
Ahead of heavy rains, strong winds and potential flooding from Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal on Sunday expanded the emergency declaration related to the storm to include an additional 65 counties. The state of emergency now includes all 159 counties in Georgia. State government will be closed Monday and Tuesday for all employees... Read more
Ga. coastal hospitals, nursing homes sending patients inland as Irma threatens
Hospitals and nursing homes in coastal Georgia began to evacuate some patients Thursday, ahead of potential devastation from Hurricane Irma. While some patients are being evacuated, others will be “sheltered in place,’’ said Adrianne Feinberg, director of emergency preparedness for the Georgia Hospital Association. Feinberg told GHN that Friday would be a... Read more
As lead poisoned a child, a slow state response
PART  FOUR OF SPECIAL REPORT By Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD, and Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. This investigation was supported by a grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.   Almost as soon... Read more
West Nile virus cases jump in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Public Health announced Friday that the state has had nearly 20 human cases of West Nile virus so far this year, including at least three deaths. That’s a large jump from 2016, when there were seven cases of West Nile in Georgia and no confirmed deaths related... Read more
Zika virus: The risk is down, but it’s no time to be complacent
Cases of Zika infection have dropped significantly in Georgia and across the United States, public health officials say. Despite the decrease, the Atlanta-based CDC emphasizes that Zika continues to be a public health threat. Zika is a tropical, mosquito-borne virus that has occasionally ranged into the southernmost parts of... Read more

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