South Health District

District News Release

New Guidance for Testing of Pregnant Women for Zika Exposure

All pregnant women in the United States should now be assessed for possible Zika virus exposure during each prenatal care visit.

Mosquito-Borne Illness Confirmed in Lowndes County

Public Health officials are encouraging South Georgians to wear mosquito spray whenever outdoors to guard against mosquito-borne illnesses. A horse in Lowndes County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

First Sexually Transmitted Zika Case Confirmed in Georgia

A non-pregnant female was infected by her male partner who had traveled to Brazil earlier this year and was among Georgia’s confirmed travel-related cases. The woman who was infected had not traveled out of the country. She and her partner have fully recovered.

Report Animal Bites Immediately

While spring time brings sunshine and warm weather allowing people to be outside more often, it also means more animals are on the move. A rabid bat that many people in Valdosta were exposed to last week, served as a good reminder of why people should stay away from wild animals. “Anytime a person is […]

Immunization is a Shared Responsibility

Immunization is a shared responsibility. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death.

Tip ‘n Toss Campaign

Your local health department is urging residents to clean up around their homes, their yards and their communities and discard unnecessary items that can hold water. Tip ‘n Toss after every rainfall to reduce the number of mosquitoes and prevent the spread of Zika virus in South Georgia.

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DPH & Hartsfield-Jackson Partner to Prevent Zika Spread

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) in collaboration with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is urging travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites and help prevent the spread of Zika virus. As of this date, no locally transmitted Zika cases have been reported in Georgia or anywhere in the United States, but cases have […]

Additional Cases of Travel-Related Zika Virus Confirmed in Georgia

DPH is confirming two additional travel-related cases of Zika virus in Georgia. This brings the total number of travel-related cases of Zika virus in the state to three.

First Travel-Related Zika Case Confirmed in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health is confirming the first travel-related case of Zika virus in Georgia. Testing was done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Zika Precautions for Travelers

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) cautions travelers, especially women who are pregnant, headed to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, among others.