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Tift Mosquito Pool Tests Positive For West Nile

Bite Prevention Critical During Summer Months TIFTON – A mosquito pool in Tift County has tested positive for West Nile Virus and the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind all South Georgians that the best way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses is through bite prevention. The presence of mosquito-borne illnesses within […]

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High Temperatures in Georgia Raise Health Concerns 

Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Informed ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the high 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, and at times feeling like more than 100 degrees with the humidity, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun […]

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Warmer Weather Increases Wild Animal
Encounters, Rabies Exposure Risk

Residents Reminded To Never Approach Wild Animals Warmer weather has arrived and with it comes an increased potential to encounter wild animals. South Health District’s Environmental Health Department wants to remind residents that several species of wild animals native to South Georgia – including raccoons, foxes, and bats – can carry rabies. With the increased […]

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Public Health Offering At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Over-the-counter Test Kits Available In All 10 County Health Departments VALDOSTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District is now offering over-the-counter (OTC) at-home COVID-19 test kits at all county health departments. Health departments within South Health District include Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner Counties. […]

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EEE Detected in Lowndes County

Mosquito Bite Prevention Key to Avoiding Illness VALDOSTA – Two mosquito pools in Lowndes County have tested positive for EEE and the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind all South Georgians that prevention is the best tool for avoiding mosquito-borne illnesses.  The presence of mosquito-borne illnesses within an area is […]

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Preparedness Key During Hurricane Season

The 2022 hurricane season is here, and The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind you that the time to prepare for a hurricane is now, not once a storm hits. Hurricane season begins in early June and lasts through November each year. Prior to the first hurricane of the season, […]

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Increased Reports of Overdoses Involving Drugs Mixed with Fentanyl

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Drug Surveillance Unit has received increased reports of overdoses due to drugs mixed with fentanyl, particularly cocaine, methamphetamine, and counterfeit pills. Overdoses have been reported in several areas of the state over the past month. Between early February and mid-March, at least 66 emergency department visits […]

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National Public Health Week 2022 Recognized

Public Health Is Where You Are Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Heath District wants to recognize the hard work of our public health staff this National Public Health Week. South Health District proudly serves 10 counties throughout South Georgia: Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner. Within each of […]

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Celebrate A World Of Flavors This Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month recognized in March Eating healthy doesn’t need to be boring. Trying foods from a variety of cultures is a fun and inclusive way to introduce new, healthy, and delicious meals. This March, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District joins the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to recognize National Nutrition […]

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February is Heart Month

Protect Your Heart From More Than Heartbreak VALDOSTA – Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the nation’s leading killer of both men and women across all racial and ethnic groups. February is Heart Month and public health wants to remind everyone to protect their hearts from more than just heart break this and every month.  Georgia Department […]

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