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Lowery named Employee of the Year

Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District named Blake Lowery the 2018 Employee of the Year on October 10. Lowery is an Environmental Health Specialist in Lowndes County. South Health District wants to thank Lowery for his hard work and dedication to the district and communities they serve. Pictured are District Program Manager/Deputy Health […]

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SIDS Awareness Month observed in October

October marks the observance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness month across the United States. Nearly 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States.  As of 2018, Georgia averages three infant deaths every week due to SIDS and other sleep-related deaths. Many of these deaths result from accidental suffocation, overlay […]

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EHDI holding Regional Stakeholders Meeting

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DPH Identifies First Death From Vaping-Associated Illness

Individuals Urged to Stop Using E-cigarettes, Vaping Devices Atlanta -The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has identified the state’s first death from a vaping-associated illness. The death did not occur within and the patient was not a resident of the South Health District. The patient had a history of heavy nicotine vaping, but no […]

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Early Detection Saves Lives

South Health District recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month VALDOSTA – Each year, approximately 245,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from it. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Public Health Officials are committed to educating women about the importance of breast cancer screenings, early detection and healthy living. […]

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Outbreak of Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette Use or Vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed nearly 400 cases of lung illness reported from 36 states. Six deaths have been linked to the illness. All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping. Most patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC. Many patients have reported using […]

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Gwen Huerta: Getting healthy for herself, her family

After a health scare in July 2018 Gwen Huerta, administrative support supervisor for the Irwin County Health Department, made the decision to get healthy. “I wound up in the ER and they weren’t able to get my blood pressure down. It was very, very high, almost to the point they wanted to put me in […]

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Hurricane Dorian: SHD will operate as normal at this time

South Health District is continuing to monitor Hurricane Dorian. At this time we plan to operate all health departments, clinics and offices as normal this week. We are working closely with our local EMAs and at this time are not expecting to open evacuee shelters in our area. If anything changes, local impacts are predicted […]

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Echols County Rule IIIA (Minimum Lot Sizes)

Subdivision Lot Size To provide for the orderly and safe development of subdivisions utilizing on-site sewage management systems, minimum lot sizes have been established. These lot sizes permit flexibility to suit soil conditions, topography and ground or surface water limitations. The following shows the minimum lot sizes based on the grouping listed in Table CT-2. […]

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Understanding Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A outbreaks are on the rise across the southeast and the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to make sure our communities understand the virus and how it spreads. While South Health District, which includes Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner Counties, has only seen […]

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