South Health District

District News Release

Hospitalizations and Deaths Possibly tied to Street Drugs in Georgia

DPH has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance contained in street drugs surfacing in central and South Georgia

Memorial Day and Mosquitoes in Georgia

ATLANTA – Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and in Georgia, the beginning of mosquito season. Avoiding mosquito bites protects you and your family from mosquito-borne illness and helps prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illness in Georgia.  The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends the use of EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET […]

DPH Recognizes EMS Week & Stroke Awareness Month

DPH recognizes May as Stroke Awareness Month, and this week (May 21 – 27) as Annual EMS Week. In combination, DPH recognizes that without Emergency Medical Services, treating stroke quickly – critical to preventing permanent brain damage – would not be possible.

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Georgia’s Early Childhood Vaccination Rates Among Nation’s Highest

Georgia is leading the country with above average early childhood vaccinations with 75.6 percent of children 19-35 months old protected, compared to national averages of 72.2 percent for the 7-vaccine series.

Environmental Health Rules for Adoption

Local Environmental Health rules for adoption.

Georgia HIV Infections Drop 6% Annually for Six Years

According to a recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia is among eight states whose infection rate dropped significantly during the six-year period.

First Confirmed Flu-Related Death in Georgia

DPH is confirming the first flu-related death in Georgia this year. Flu activity is increasing statewide, along with the number of hospitalizations due to flu-related illness.

E-Cigarette Use Among Youth: A Public Health Threat

DPH is urging caution about the use and exposure of children and youth to electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes. The U.S. Surgeon General issued a report this week on the dangers of electronic nicotine delivery systems saying “nicotine-containing products are unsafe for youth.”

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends older drivers and their families take time to talk about individual challenges and limitations of driving.

Quit Tobacco Today

Tobacco use is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Georgia, yet many Georgians still use tobacco, tobacco products or electronic nicotine devices.