Potential Hepatitis A Exposure from Restaurant Worker – Fort Oglethorpe Krystal

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.

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

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.

Floyd County Health Department now providing PrEP for HIV prevention.

Rome, GA: The Northwest Georgia Floyd County Health Department, located at 16 East 12th Street, Rome, is now offering Pre-exposure prophylaxis for those at high risk of HIV in our PrEP clinic. PrEP provides a great opportunity to substantially reduce the risk of HIV infection in HIV-negative people who are at high risk of contracting HIV.

Public health informs about hepatitis A

An information sheet explaining the disease, describing its symptoms, advising what to do if someone has symptoms, detailing who is at high risk of hepatitis A, and providing preventive information is available for viewing and download/printing on the Northwest Health District website at https://nwgapublichealth.org or at your local county health department.

Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. Get vaccinated now.

Atlanta, GA: Receiving the flu vaccine does not cause the flu. Vaccinations are available at a variety of locations including doctors’ offices, grocery stores, neighborhood clinics, health departments, pharmacies, college health centers, places of employment and schools, to name a few.

Warning: Trendy “nitro” treats may cause injury.

Atlanta, GA: Warning: Trendy “nitro” treats may cause injury. It looks like candy with a vapor emitting from it. It is sometimes sold in shopping malls. When you eat it, it may appear as if you’re blowing smoke. It’s commonly called, “Dragon breath,” “Heaven’s breath,” or “nitro puff.” What is it?

Georgians Urged to Protect Themselves from Mosquito Bites

Atlanta, GA: Georgians are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites, particularly when they are outside this Labor Day weekend. Mosquito season in Georgia typically lasts through October, sometimes longer depending on the weather.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Rome, GA: August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that Northwest Georgians of all ages require timely vaccinations to protect their health. “Vaccinations are our best defense against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Janet Eberhart, immunizations coordinator for the ten-county public health district.

Microblading to be regulated by Public Health effective July 1

Rome, GA: Effective July 1, anyone performing eyebrow microblading, and facilities where the cosmetic procedure is performed, will be regulated under the rules of local county boards of health that the Georgia Department of Public Health uses to regulate body art studios and artists

Public health official urges precaution against insect-borne disease.

“We encourage our residents to get outside and be active,” says Dr. Unini Odama, health director for the Northwest Health District, “but we don’t want the fun to end with a disease that could have been prevented. With warm weather and summer travel rapidly approaching, we are vulnerable to diseases from both ticks and mosquitos. Protecting ourselves from these threats is important.”