South Health District

Uncategorized

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 […]

Category: Uncategorized

New Legislation Offers Strong Protection for Georgia Children Exposed to Lead

There is no safe amount of lead in a child’s blood. Even small amounts of lead can result in damage to the brain and nervous system, cause behavioral problems, learning difficulties and other medical issues – all of which may be permanent. However, legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor […]

Category: Uncategorized

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, […]

Category: Uncategorized

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 […]

Category: Uncategorized

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 […]

Category: Uncategorized

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 […]

Category: Uncategorized

Powdered Infant Formula Recall

UPDATE 3/1/2022 A recall of powdered infant formula is expanding to include a specialty formula for infants with certain dietary needs. Abbott Nutrition is now recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 in addition to select lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCareformulas manufactured in its Sturgis, Michigan, facility. The products are sold throughout the U.S. […]

Category: Uncategorized

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 […]

Category: Uncategorized

DPH Does Not Recommend Employers Require Negative COVID-19 Tests To Return To Work

VALDOSTA – Local Public Health officials want to remind employers that it is not recommended to require a negative COVID-19 test before allowing employees to return to work after they have tested positive for COVID-19. Current isolation recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for individuals who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, are: Stay […]

Category: Uncategorized

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is recognized nationwide in January. The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind residents of the steps they can take to be proactive in their cervical health. According to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all women are at risk for cervical cancer, although it occurs […]

Category: Uncategorized