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Tennessee Department of Health working to protect Tennesseans from emerging diseases

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, 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.

This graphic shows the life cycle of the ebolavirus. Bats are strongly implicated as both reservoirs and hosts for the ebolavirus. Of the five identified ebolavirus subtypes, four are capable of human-to-human transmission. Initial infections in humans result from contact with an infected bat or other wild animal. Strict isolation of infected patients is essential to reduce onward ebolavirus transmission. (CDC)

This graphic shows the life cycle of the ebolavirus. Bats are strongly implicated as both reservoirs and hosts for the ebolavirus. Of the five identified ebolavirus subtypes, four are capable of human-to-human transmission. Initial infections in humans result from contact with an infected bat or other wild animal. Strict isolation of infected patients is essential to reduce onward ebolavirus transmission. (CDC)

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Tennessee Department of Health says Bats are helpful Insect Eaters and Infrequent Rabies Carriers

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The recent finding of a bat infected with rabies in Tennessee is a reminder these helpful, flying insect eaters should not be handled by humans.

Although only a few bats are identified with rabies in Tennessee each year, it can only take one contact with an infected bat to transmit the fatal disease. The last human case of rabies in Tennessee occurred over a decade ago when contact with a bat occurred but was not reported.

Bats can eat a thousand insects in an hour and are helpful in controlling mosquitoes.

Bats can eat a thousand insects in an hour and are helpful in controlling mosquitoes.

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Tennessee Department of Health celebrates World Breastfeeding Week; August 1st-7th, 2014

 

Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has been helping mothers give their babies the best start in life for more than 90 years, and education and support for breastfeeding are a big part of these important efforts.

TDH celebrates World Breastfeeding Week August 1st-7th to help promote the importance of breastfeeding as a lifesaving goal. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health Provides Information About the Value of Sleep

 

Now I Lay Me Down To …

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Sleep is not a luxury; it is a basic health need long known to affect a person’s ability to think and function.

Increasingly scientists and researchers are learning more about other values of sleep that may impact health and help improve and extend lives. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Drug Overdose Deaths continue to rise in Tennessee

 

New State Law on ‘Overdose Antidote’ Naloxone Use Now in Place

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Statistics office today released data on 2013 drug overdose deaths in the state. The 1,166 fatalities last year involved prescribed and illegal drugs, unintentional and intentional overdoses, and compares with 1,094 overdose deaths in 2012.

In each of the last two years, more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee than in either motor vehicle accidents or homicides or suicides*.

Year OD MVA Homicide Suicide
2012 1,094 958 456 956
2013 1,116 1,008 405 1,017
Total 2,260 1,966 861 1,973

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Tennessee Department of Health says Polio vaccinations are still important

 

Necessary for All, Especially for Travelers

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health, in alignment with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is issuing polio vaccination guidance for individuals planning travel to and from 10 countries where wild poliovirus, or WPV, is currently known to be a threat.

Those countries include: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Syria. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health joins Community Partners to offer Free Testing for National HIV Testing Day

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health joins a coalition of health providers and other partners across the country taking part in National HIV Testing Day Friday, June 27th.

As part of this effort to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV, TDH is teaming up with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to provide free HIV testing at sites across Tennessee June 26th-28th. TDH encourages all sexually active Tennesseans, regardless of age, to get tested for HIV. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health confirms First Human West Nile Virus case of 2014

 

People Urged to Eliminate Standing Water, Take Precautions during Outdoor Activities

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed one human case of West Nile Virus this week, the first human case confirmed in Tennessee in 2014.

The WNV case involves a resident of Shelby County who is now recovering.

Mosquito populations in Tennessee are at their peak May through October. There is no human vaccine for West Nile Virus; therefore, Tennesseans are urged to take preventive measures to avoid being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

Mosquito populations in Tennessee are at their peak May through October. There is no human vaccine for West Nile Virus; therefore, Tennesseans are urged to take preventive measures to avoid being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

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Tennessee Department of Health Offices statewide to display Public Health Advisory on Electronic Cigarettes

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Visitors to Tennessee Department of Health facilities across the state will see a prominently-displayed public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.

The advisory, originally posted to the TDH website earlier this year, cautions about using the devices or being exposed to secondhand emissions.

Tennessee Department of Health issues public health advisory on Electronic Cigarettes

Tennessee Department of Health issues public health advisory on Electronic Cigarettes

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Tennessee Department of Health is raising Awareness about Chikungunya

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating the first potential cases of chikungunya in the state. Multiple people from Tennessee recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the illness is now a widespread epidemic with over 100,000 suspected cases.

Some of the recent travelers from Tennessee now have symptoms of the illness.

Chikungunya is transmitted by daytime biting mosquitoes.

Chikungunya is transmitted by daytime biting mosquitoes.

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