Northwest Georgia Public Health News

  1. First Floyd hepatitis A cases confirmed, health department offering free hep A vaccinations

    June 19, 2019 - 

    Rome, GA: Public health officials have confirmed four cases of hepatitis A among Floyd County residents and are urging vaccination against the highly contagious liver infection for people most at risk of the vaccine-preventable disease, especially illicit (injection and non-injection) drug users and their close contacts. Officials are also encouraging all persons who work in food-service establishments, such as restaurants and cafeterias, to be vaccinated.

  2. Northwest Georgia Health Departments to provide free hepatitis A vaccine clinics in May

    April 30, 2019 - 

    Northwest Georgia Health Departments in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, and Walker Counties will provide free hepatitis A vaccine to individuals at risk of the highly contagious, highly preventable liver disease every Friday in May. Clinics will be held at each health department on May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 8 am to 2 pm.

  3. Three Additional Cases of Measles Confirmed in Georgia

    April 25, 2019 - 

    ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed three new cases of measles in the metro Atlanta area. The three individuals are all members of one family – none of them were vaccinated. Although the risk of becoming sick is low, DPH is notifying individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and may be at increased risk for developing measles. Including these three additional cases, the statewide total of measles cases in 2019 is six.

  4. Potential Hepatitis A Exposure from Restaurant Worker – Fort Oglethorpe Krystal

    April 5, 2019 - 

    Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food handler at a Krystal restaurant, 2560 Lafayette Rd, Fort Oglethorpe, GA...An investigation found that this employee worked at the restaurant while infectious, from March 15 through March 24. We recommend that anyone who consumed food or drink at this restaurant during this time contact their healthcare provider or local health department to determine if a hepatitis A vaccination is needed to prevent the disease.

  5. Potential Hepatitis A Exposure from Restaurant Worker – Chickamauga McDonald’s

    March 28, 2019 - 

    The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food handler at McDonald’s, 106 LaFayette Road, Chickamauga, GA. An investigation found that this employee worked at the restaurant while infectious, from March 4 through March 17...We recommend that anyone who consumed food or drink at this restaurant during this time contact their healthcare provider or local health department to determine if a hepatitis A vaccination is needed to prevent the disease.

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