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2008 Press Releases


December 10, 2008

VIRGINIA RECEIVES PERFECT SCORE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS EFFORTS

(RICHMOND, Va.)—Virginia received a perfect score for the second consecutive year in an annual report evaluating the nation’s preparedness efforts for major health and public health emergencies.

Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Dec. 9 released the sixth annual “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” report, which casts a critical eye on national and state emergency preparedness efforts since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. more>>


December 8, 2008

STUDY RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT FLU RISK FOR CHILDREN

(RICHMOND, Va.)— Public health officials are increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of young children to the flu this year following research that shows that mothers are unaware of a new recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that adds all children between the ages of 5 and 18 years to the population that should be immunized against the flu. more>>


December 1, 2008

NEW TOOLS AND EXPANDED TESTING HELP FIGHT HIV IN VIRGINIA

December 1 is World AIDS Day

(Richmond, Va.) –Recent advances in technology have improved the ability of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to estimate the number of new HIV cases acquired each year. Tests can help identify recent HIV infections, allowing VDH's Division of Disease Prevention to track the epidemic at an earlier stage.The new tests also provide a more precise demographic breakdown of new infections, enabling health officials to better understand how the epidemic is being transmitted and where prevention measures are most urgently needed. more>>


November 26, 2008

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WINS TWO FEDERAL GRANTS TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

(RICHMOND, Va.)—Two new federal grants will support the Virginia Department of Health’s efforts to protect Virginians during influenza pandemic or other disasters.

The grants will enhance VDH’s planning efforts in Fairfax County and a pilot project based at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The grants were funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and run through September 2009. more>>


November 12, 2008

STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER APPOINTS WORKING GROUP ON INFANT MORTALITY

(RICHMOND, Va.)—Infant mortality claims the lives of seven times more children in Virginia each year than does motor vehicle accidents yet receives far less attention and focus, State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, said today in announcing the appointment of a working group of medical and health professionals and community and civic leaders to address the problem. more>>


September 29, 2008

NEW GUIDELINES SUGGEST FLU SHOTS FOR ALL CHILDREN VACCINATE NOW FOR BEST PROTECTION

(RICHMOND, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges parents to vaccinate children between the ages of six months and 18 years against influenza. The new recommendations reflect guidance this year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that adds children between 5 and 18 years old to last years’ recommendations to vaccinate younger children, 6 months through 4 years of age. more>>


September 16, 2008

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATES FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has modified several existing fish consumption advisories and added five new advisories due to mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) contamination. Recent fish tissue sample results provided by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) show mercury and PCBs levels exceed the amount considered safe for long term human consumption. more>>


September 15, 2008

VDH ADDS SMOKING STATUS TO RESTAURANT WEB SITE

(RICHMOND, Va.) — Diners can now go online to learn the smoking status of their favorite eateries throughout Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health has added new information to its Web site to allow consumers to find out a restaurant’s smoking status and view a list of a locality’s dining spots that shows whether smoking is allowed. Residents can log on to www.vdh.virginia.gov and click on “Restaurant Inspections.” more>>


September 5, 2008

PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS STORM-RELATED HEALTH ISSUES

The Virginia Department of Health has joined other state agencies in activating emergency staff to protect the health and safety of Virginians from the potentially damaging effects of Tropical Storm Hanna. VDH staff is preparing to work around the clock to provide resources for Virginians should health related issues arise. more>>


August 5, 2008

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SPONSORS ANTHRAX COUNTERMEASURES DISTRIBUTION EXERCISE

(RICHMOND, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health and its emergency preparedness partners are participating in a two-day exercise to demonstrate federal and state strategies for responding to an aerosolized anthrax attack. more>>


August 4, 2008

NEW METHOD PROVIDES CLEARER PICTURE OF RECENT NATIONAL HIV INFECTION
New Virginia Data Expected Soon

(Richmond, Va.) A new surveillance method unveiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates 56,300 people nationally acquired HIV in 2006. The CDC arrived at the new estimate by incorporating a lab test that can distinguish between recent and long-term infections. This new technology provides a more accurate picture of the spread of new HIV infections in the United States and helps to more clearly identify groups who are contracting HIV and where to focus prevention efforts. more>>


July 31, 2008

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH INVESTIGATES E. coli OUTBREAK

(Richmond, Va.) The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 infection among recent attendees of a Boy Scout reservation located in Goshen, Virginia. Public health officials are working closely with reservation staff to explore possible sources of the infection through interviews with staff, the parents of the ill children, and health care providers. more>>


July 3, 2008

REMEMBER SAFETY ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
VDH wants to remind Virginians to be safe, have fun and be prepared

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our great nation’s independence and a time for families and friends to get together and have fun. Too often this fun can lead to serious injuries or even death from avoidable accidents. The Virginia Department of Health asks residents and visitors to the Commonwealth to take precautions to stay safe. more>>


June 26, 2008

TEXT MESSAGE TECHNOLOGY HELPS VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROMOTE NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY JUNE 27TH

(Richmond, VA)— In addition to calling the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), people now have another resource for determining their HIV status. To locate the nearest HIV testing location, text your zip code to “KNOWIT” or 566938 and within seconds receive a return text with the name, location and phone number of the testing site nearest you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide this texting tool nationwide. more>>


June 3, 2008

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER PREPARES FOR A NEW OPPORTUNITY
Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz Takes on a New Leadership Role with VDH

(RICHMOND, Va.)—Virginia Health Commissioner, Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, announced today that Lisa Kaplowitz, M.D., MSHA, has been selected to lead the Alexandria Health District. Her appointment is effective July 1. more>>


May 8, 2008

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH OF ALL VIRGINIANS, MAKING A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY
National Nurses Week is May 6-12

(RICHMOND, Va.) – Whether it’s a natural disaster, an outbreak of tuberculosis, or a person in need of personal health care services, Virginia’s public health nurses serve on the front lines. They provide an array of health care services that help promote the health of Virginia residents. Virginia Department of Health (VDH) nurses work with educators, doctors and other partners to inform, educate and empower people about health issues and mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems. more>>


April 24, 2008

HANOVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT TREATING INDIVIDUALS FOR MENINGOCCAL INFECTION

(HANOVER, Va)-The Hanover health department is working with the Hanover County Public School system to identify and treat individuals that may have been in close contact with a student diagnosed with a case of meningococcal infection; an infection that causes meningitis. Meningitis is a medical term for inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain. more>>


April 17, 2008

ASSISTANCE WITH CONFIDENTIAL PARTNER NOTIFICATION HELPS REDUCE DISEASE TRANSMISSION

(Richmond, Va.) Notifying people that they may have been exposed to an infectious disease is a critical part of protecting the public health. However, for individuals newly diagnosed with HIV or certain STDs, alerting their partners can be uncomfortable and overwhelming. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) offers Disclosure Assistance Services (DAS) to help people inform sex and or needle sharing partners that they may have been exposed to an infection and should be tested. more>>


April 10, 2008

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH INVESTIGATES ILLNESS OF PORTSMOUTH WOMAN
Ongoing consultation with the CDC, international medical experts and the Portsmouth Health Department indicates that there is no risk to the public’s health

(Richmond, Va.)—The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is investigating the recent illness of a Portsmouth woman who died April 9, 2008. The patient suffered from encephalopathy which is a degenerative disease of the brain. more>>


April 2, 2008

STATE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S REPORT: MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE COMMON IN SUICIDES

(RICHMOND, Va.)— More than half of Virginia’s suicide victims suffer from mental health problems, according to a new report compiled by the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The new report, based on 2006 data from the Virginia Violent Death Reporting System, reveals that 56 percent of suicide victims had a mental health problem and 40 percent were receiving mental health treatment at the times of their deaths. more>>


March 17, 2008

100 YEARS OF TUBERCULOSIS TREATMENT IN VIRGINIA
Virginia Department of Health Recognizes World TB Day and a Century of Services to Virginians

(Richmond, Va.) The fight against tuberculosis (TB) in Virginia began even before the establishment of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) in 1908. The first sanatorium for treatment of TB in the Commonwealth opened in 1904 at Central State Hospital and three more were opened before 1920. When VDH was created in 1908 the agency had four employees and an annual budget of $40,000. Public health efforts focused primarily on the prevention and control of infectious diseases like tuberculosis. Despite the best efforts of Virginia’s public health system over the past century, TB unfortunately remains a significant threat to public health. more>>


March 14, 2008

Drinking water, pharmaceuticals and personal care products

Recent media reports have raised public awareness that the medicine we take and the personal care products we use can enter our waterways and drinking water supplies.

New technology allows scientists to detect trace amounts of these compounds in our water. Until recently, researchers studying those chemicals focused on the potential effects on the environment. Research is underway on this emerging topic to determine if pharmaceuticals and personal care products, or PPCPs, have potential human health effects at trace levels. more>>


March 10, 2008

HIGHEST NUMBER OF ANIMAL RABIES CASES REPORTED IN VIRGINIA IN TWENTY-FIVE YEARS
Virginia Department of Health Urges Vaccinations for Pets during Rabies Awareness Week March 10-15

(Richmond, Va.) – In 2007, 730 cases of rabies in animals were reported to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). This is the highest number of cases reported since 1982 when VDH received 745 reports. During Rabies Awareness Week, VDH, in partnership with the Virginia Veterinary Medicine Association, Virginia Animal Control Association and Virginia Federation of Humane Societies are stressing the importance of vaccinating companion animals, such as dogs and cats, against rabies. more>>


February 4, 2008

SIGNIFICANT DISPARITIES EXIST BETWEEN VIRGINIA POPULATIONS

National Black HIV/AIDS Black Awareness Day February 7, 2008

(Richmond, Va.)—“Prevention is power.” The message for this year’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day underscores the significance of education, testing and treatment for HIV in communities disproportionately affected by the disease. more>>


January 22, 2008

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN HEALTH PROVIDERS AND NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING RESIDENTS

(RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Health Care Services Initiative, referred to as CLAS Act, has won a 2007 Vision Award as an outstanding and creative state health program from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. more>>


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