South Health District

District News Release

Food Safety

This year’s NFSM campaign will focus on protecting against some of the leading causes of foodborne illness – Norovirus and Hepatitis A.

Speak Out Workshop

Do you know a great community organizer who is ready to Speak Out to end the silence & stigma around HIV? Greater Than AIDS and the Georgia Department of Public Health are hosting a new Speak Out workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, November 17-20. This is an exciting opportunity for young leaders in the state who […]

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Remember to Tip ‘n Toss

Now that Tropical Storm Hermine has moved through the state, DPH is reminding Georgians that any standing water creates a prime habitat for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Tip ‘n Toss after the storm to reduce the number of mosquitoes and prevent the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illness.

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National Preparedness Month

Historic floods are striking Louisiana, hurricane activity is developing in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast areas, and Zika virus is a growing concern in virtually every community in America. Whether they are watching the news or looking out the front door, Georgians don’t have to go far to see the potential for rapidly forming disasters. Which is what makes September, National Preparedness Month, all the more significant this year.

Protect Your Loved Ones against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

August is a busy month with back-to-school shopping, last minute family vacations, registering for school, and leaving for college. As summer comes to an end and the school year begins, people often forget to check if they and their family members are up to date on their vaccinations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) […]

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.