Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a rare condition. It affects a person’s nervous system, specifically the spinal cord, causing weakness in one or more limbs. AFM or neurologic conditions like it have a variety of causes such as viruses and environmental toxins. Learn more about AFM.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – Virginia’s health commissioner kicked off a state-wide listening tour with a town hall at the University of Virginia on Wednesday evening. more>>
CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to ready-to-eat deli ham produced by Johnston County Hams, Inc. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is monitoring this outbreak. Read More.
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, a division of Pfizer Inc., is voluntarily recalling one lot of Children’s Advil® Suspension Bubble Gum Flavored 4 FL OZ Bottle because of customer complaints that the dosage cup provided is marked in teaspoons and the instructions on the label are described in milliliters (mL). Read more.
In 2017, 59% of Virginia adolescents were up to date with HPV vaccine series; 2016 rate was 39.2%. In 2017, 75.6% of Virginia adolescents had at least one HPV dose compared with 53.6% in 2016. Virginia had the largest increase in HPV up to date status and the largest average annual increase in HPV among all CDC awardees. Read the MMWR.
On Friday August 24th, the Virginia HPV Immunization Taskforce (VHIT) will present a screening of “Lady Ganga” from 2:30 – 3:30 pm at the Byrd Theater in Richmond, Va. You can learn about the importance of the HPV vaccine to prevent cancer and ask subject matter experts questions during the panel discussion after the film. Read More
This episode of the Patients Come First podcast features an interview with Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. M. Norman Oliver about his focus on population health, a mid-career decision to attend medical school in his 40s, his work treating Native people in a small Alaskan village, his role with the Commonwealth, and much more. Send questions, comments, or feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/virginiahha) using the hashtag #PatientsComeFirst.
The annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is among the largest mass gatherings in the world. In 2018, Hajj will take place from approximately August 19-24, 2018.
Because of the crowds, mass gatherings such as Hajj are associated with unique health risks. Before you go, you should visit a travel health specialist for advice, make sure you are up to date on all routine and recommended vaccines, and learn about other health and safety issues that could affect you during your trip.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is one disease of special concern because it can cause severe respiratory disease and it has been found in Saudi Arabia and nearby countries. If you develop flu-like symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath within 14 days after traveling, contact your doctor and mention your recent travel. Because the virus that causes MERS can spread by close contact, please call your healthcare provider before going to a doctor’s office, an urgent care facility or the emergency room so that they can make special arrangements to prevent the spread of germs to others. More information on MERS is available.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has confirmed the presence of Giant hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum, in Clarke County. The Giant hogweed was planted at the site by a previous homeowner for ornamental purposes. VDACS employees are working with the homeowner in an effort to eradicate the weed from the Clarke County site. Read more
CDC recommends people do not eat recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal because it has been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections. Learn more