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  • Rabies Awareness Week In Virginia

    September 26-October 2 is Rabies Awareness Week in Virginia. Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system, and is most commonly found in wild mammals, such as raccoons, foxes and skunks.. Virginia’s Rabies Awareness Week centers around World Rabies Day, which falls this year on September 28. There are many ways you can prevent and control the spread of rabies: Have your veterinarian vaccinate your dogs, cats, ferrets, and selected livestock. Keep the vaccinations up-to-date. If your pet is attacked or bitten by a wild animal, report it to the local health or animal…Read more

  • Hepatitis A Investigation

    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A cases and has identified a potential association with smoothies that contained frozen imported strawberries suspected to be contaminated with the hepatitis A virus.  Those smoothies would have been consumed before August 9th, 2016.  Tropical Smoothie Cafes in Virginia received this product and ensured it was removed from use at all their restaurant locations by or before August 9th. As of 12:00 pm on *September 27, 2016, 105 Virginia residents who had tested positive for hepatitis A reported consuming a smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Café prior to becoming…Read more

  • Don't Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

    During National Preparedness Month, learn how to prepare for emergencies. Make a family emergency communication plan. Consider how your family will reunite if you are not together when disaster strikes.  Make a reunification plan. Prepare for the unique needs of your family including babies and young children, elderly, special needs and pets. Download the ReadyVirginia app. Create your own emergency plan today.Read more

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