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Fox bite reported in rural Loxley

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:44pm
A fox later found to be rabid attacked a dog on County Road 65 in rural Loxley Tuesday.

Mosquito bite and other protection measures urged as West Nile and Zika virus reported in Alabama residents

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 1:05pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health reports investigations of several cases of Zika and West Nile virus in Alabama residents.

Alabama Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, Reach Out and Read-Alabama, and Alabama Department of Public Health promote healthy bedtime routines through ‘Brush, Book, Bed’

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 1:57pm
Good oral hygiene, reading and regular bedtimes are three simple life skills that pediatricians in 12 Alabama practices are reinforcing through Brush, Book, Bed (BBB), a new statewide program of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) and its early literacy arm, Reach Out and Read-Alabama (ROR-AL).

Multiple Alabama counties experience pertussis outbreak

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 4:34pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) Immunization Division is currently investigating a pertussis outbreak in Shelby and Jefferson counties.

Areas reopened to oyster harvesting

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:37pm
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris announced today the reopening of portions of Mobile Bay that were temporarily closed to the harvesting of oysters on July 20, 2018.

Has your onsite sewage system failed? Be sure to contact your county health department

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 2:07pm
Checking with your local county health department before having work done on your onsite sewage disposal system will not only protect your family’s health, it can save you money and the hassle of dealing with a failing system.

Shellfish growing waters closed

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 4:39pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has closed shellfish growing waters in Area II of Mobile Bay. This includes Portersville Bay.

Two fox bites reported in Robertsdale City Limits

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 4:33pm
Two additional persons have been bitten by foxes in Baldwin County, prompting concern about rabies. On July 6, a fox attacked a young teen at a Robertsdale park and attacked her dog before running off. The next day a fox attacked a disabled man as he sat in his wheelchair outside his apartment’s front door. Both individuals have begun post-exposure treatment at a local hospital.

ADPH offers recommendations to prevent infectious disease outbreaks at camp

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 11:16am
Summer camps provide a great opportunity for children and teens alike to make lasting friendships, while being physically active and developing life-long skills. Although the goal of summer camp is to keep your children healthy and safe, it is not unlike school or daycare settings where children and staff can become sick if proper handwashing is not practiced.

WIC income guidelines increase; Are you eligible?

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 8:43am
Alabama families may qualify for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, better known as WIC.

Other rabid foxes confirmed in densely populated areas of Baldwin County

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:10pm
An employee of a company that takes care of wild pests was bitten by a rabid fox June 13 in an area between U.S. Highway 98 and downtown Fairhope. This is the fourth bite of a human by three different rabid foxes recently.

Do not enter bodies of water if you have cuts or abrasions; if injured, clean wound at once to reduce risk of infection

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 3:18pm
Many harmful organisms are found in lakes, rivers, along the coast, and in other bodies of water. Some bacteria may lead to destructive soft-tissue infections and other illnesses, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) cautions.

Training will assist professionals conduct child abuse and death investigations

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 1:27pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health is offering professionals in several disciplines a series of two-day training sessions in child injury and death scene re-enactment and scene reconstruction.

Men: Make your health a priority, especially during Men’s Health Month

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 2:01pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health is joining in the celebration of June as National Men’s Health Month and June 11-17 as Men’s Health Week by encouraging men and boys to take steps to become healthier, stronger and make their health a priority.

Areas reopened to oyster harvesting

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 11:18am
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris announced today the reopening of portions of Mobile Bay that were temporarily closed to the harvesting of oysters on May 17, 2018.

Make preparations in advance of tropical storms; be aware of potential hazards

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 4:42pm
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris urges Alabamians to prepare, be aware of the multitude of health hazards associated with damaging tropical storms, and follow all health and safety warnings.

Alabama Department of Public Health issues 2018 fish consumption advisories

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:59am
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).

Recognition and extra precautions are needed to prevent heat illnesses

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 9:34am
The Alabama Department of Public Health advises the public to be alert to the warning signs of heat illnesses.

Tips From Former Smokers® campaign encourages Alabamians to quit

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:58am
Every smoker has a story of why he or she started using tobacco. For 16-year-old Tiffany, it was the death of her mom, a smoker who died of lung cancer. But when her own daughter turned 16, Tiffany realized she had to quit.

Rabid foxes prompt heightened rabies warning in Baldwin County

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:58pm
On May 21, the Baldwin County Health Department received reports of three individuals being bitten by rabid foxes in the Eastern Shore area.