Nashville, TN – Protecting people from infectious diseases is a vital part of the mission of the Tennessee Department of Health, and TDH works around the clock to prepare for, respond to and protect people in the state from diseases both familiar and new to Tennessee. TDH has plans in place to respond to emerging diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease that are now spreading outside the U.S. as well as future health threats that may develop.
“‘’Are we safe? What is the risk? What should I do?’ These are some of the questions we all ask when we hear about unfamiliar and sometimes dangerous communicable diseases,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.
Written by Tony Phillips
Washington, D.C. – Fruit flies are bug eyed and spindly, they love rotten bananas, and, following orders from their pin-sized brains, they can lay hundreds of eggs every day.
We have a lot in common.
Genetically speaking, people and fruit flies are surprisingly alike, explains biologist Sharmila Bhattacharya of NASA’s Ames Research Center. “About 77% of known human disease genes have a recognizable match in the genetic code of fruit flies, and 50% of fly protein sequences have mammalian analogues.”
Nashville, TN – Four of the most dreaded words in agriculture are Hoof and Mouth Disease, which can be devastating to livestock producers and wreak havoc on the farm economy. In conjunction with June Dairy Month, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed an agreement that partners Tennessee with eight other states to protect the dairy industry in the event of an HMD outbreak.
Known as the Secure Milk Supply Plan, the agreement sets standards by which milk producers, haulers and processors would interact with animal health authorities to reduce the risk of spreading HMD during an outbreak. «Read the rest of this article»
One Madison County Resident Tests Positive
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed the first case of chikungunya in Tennessee. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory results show a resident of Madison County tested positive for the virus.
TDH is reminding Tennesseans of the importance of taking precautions to protect themselves from bites from mosquitoes that may spread this and other viruses such as West Nile and La Crosse.
Clarksville, TN – Hundreds filled the grounds of the Hilldale Baptist Family Life Center Athletic Field in support of a celebration of life; in the collective fight for more birthdays, and that of hope for a cure and in a massive show of courage and support of the numerous cancer patients and survivors in Clarksville-Montgomery County.
Held on Saturday, May 17th, cancer survivors, family members, friends, caretakers and supporters braved the unseasonably cool evening weather gathering for what has become a tradition in Clarksville.
Family-friendly Activities for All Ages
Clarksville, TN – In the midst of global change and economic recovery, on the home front families continue to be affected by cancer, touching lives in communities across the country. An equal opportunity disease, various forms of cancer affect both the young and old, people of all ethnicities, on all socio-economic levels.
These realities make the dollars donated and volunteer hours devoted to the American Cancer Society—a part of Clarksville for many years—critically important. Local volunteers are a huge part of a nationwide effort to save lives from cancer, but additional people are needed for the progress to continue.
Tennessee Department of Health says Measles Protection important for all who travel outside the United States
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding those who travel abroad of the need for vaccination against measles.
Although measles was officially eradicated from the United States in 2000, it is still present in other regions of the world including Western Europe and cases continue to occur among Americans returning from foreign travel and among foreign visitors to the United States.
Vaccination against measles is extremely effective. «Read the rest of this article»
World TB Day Symposium to Address Challenges, Share New Tools
Nashville, TN – The number of confirmed cases of tuberculosis, one of the world’s oldest and deadliest diseases, reached a historic low in Tennessee in 2013. However, many TB cases seen in Tennessee in recent years are complex and more challenging for health care providers to treat.
As part of the observances of World TB Day March 24th, TDH is working to remind Tennesseans that TB is a significant public health concern. «Read the rest of this article»
American Cancer Society Relay For Life Kickoff Rally on October 1st at Clarksville’s Hilldale Baptist Family Life Center
Clarksville, TN – On October 1st, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® campaign of Montgomery County will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather at the Hilldale Baptist Family Life Center for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year.
In addition to a delicious meal and fellowship with some of Clarksville’s finest volunteers, the rally will feature speakers from the community who have benefited from funds raised at Relay, will honor cancer survivors, will recognize this past year’s participating teams and their contributions toward this effort, and the award-winning step team from West Creek High School will perform.
Clarksville, TN - Walker and Judy McCutcheon are big Elvis Presley fans.
And if you know the two retired Fort Campbell school teachers, then you know what a big understatement that is.
But their love and appreciation of the music of their generation, runs deeper than just the legend the world knows simply by his first name….Elvis.
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