Northwest Georgia Public Health News

  1. Public Health on high alert for Zika as mosquito season arrives.

    May 30, 2017 - 

    Public health officials in Northwest Georgia are ramping up their prevention efforts and urging area residents to help control local mosquito populations by tipping or tossing away any containers in their yards that can hold water, thereby eliminating potential breeding areas.

  2. Health departments offer free hereditary breast-and-ovarian cancer screening

    April 14, 2017 - 

    Rome, GA: Women visiting northwest Georgia health departments for health services ranging from family planning to routine gynecological exams can now also receive free hereditary breast-and-ovarian cancer (HBOC) screening. This new service, available in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker counties, provides an accurate assessment of personal risk for developing the two cancers, education regarding availability of genetic testing to confirm the risk, and a plan for follow-up and preventive care.

  3. Teen STDs are preventable, treatable

    March 29, 2017 - 

    Rome, GA: “Nationally, about 40% of teens are sexually active by the age of 19. Of those, one in four has at least one STD. We might not be able to imagine our child in a sexual relationship,” says Melissa Hunter, MPH, epidemiology program director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District “and yet our kids do have sexual lives, and those lives are putting them at risk for diseases that are currently on the rise -- diseases we can help prevent and treat.”

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