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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 says Stay Healthy and Safe while enjoying the Water this Summer

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – While swimming is a fun way to beat the heat and be physically active, thousands of Americans get sick every year due to germs found in the places where we swim.

“We can all help keep our swimming areas safe this summer by following a few easy steps,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “Taking precautions like showering before swimming and never letting children swim without supervision helps prevent illness and injuries.”

Stay Healthy and Safe while out Swimming this Summer.

Stay Healthy and Safe while out Swimming this Summer.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Rabies Vaccinations and Wildlife Awareness Saves Lives

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN -  Most Tennesseans have never seen an animal with rabies or known a family who has lost a loved one to the deadly disease.

While that’s a testament to vigorous statewide rabies vaccination efforts that started in 1954, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents this disease could make a comeback if people become complacent. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Outbreak from Raw Milk underscores importance of Pasteurization

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health experts say at least eight cases of illness among children in East Tennessee are likely related to drinking “raw” or unpasteurized milk. The investigation has identified a specific type of Escherichia coli O157 as the cause of at least three of the illnesses.

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Tennessee Departments of Health and Agriculture Food Safety Seminar focuses on Local Foods

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – “Eat local” isn’t just a buzzword referring to the growing trend of consumers buying locally-grown foods. Consumers benefit by receiving fresh foods from local growers while sales benefit local farmers, businesses and economies.

Local foods are the focus of this year’s Tennessee Food Safety Task Force Annual Seminar hosted by the Tennessee Departments of Health and Agriculture. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee creates integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence

 

Enhancing Food Safety and Response to Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is partnering with the University of Tennessee to enhance food safety and improve response to outbreaks of foodborne illness in Tennessee and across the country.

The effort is funded by a $200,000 grant awarded to TDH by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a Center of Excellence. Tennessee was one of only five states to receive such funding. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Departments of Health and Agriculture host Food Safety Seminar that focuses on Produce Safety

 

New Federal Food Safety Modernization Act Highlighted

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Food borne illness has increasingly been linked to contaminated produce like lettuce, tomatoes and cantaloupe.

America’s federal food safety laws have been updated with the goal of ensuring the United States’ food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. «Read the rest of this article»

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State lab Confirms West Nile Virus in Tennessee

 

Residents Strongly Encouraged to Take Precautions to Prevent Infection

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The state Public Health Laboratory has confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis, prompting health officials to issue a statewide call to use repellents and take other precautions to prevent bites from mosquitoes and other insects.

These positive tests tell us that individuals bitten by mosquitoes in Tennessee could be at risk for contracting West Nile Virus, said Abelardo C. Moncayo, PhD, director of the Vector-Borne Diseases program for TDOH. We can help control mosquito populations and lessen the risk of infection by emptying containers with standing water, keeping doors and windows screened, and wearing mosquito repellent when outside. «Read the rest of this article»

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Mosquito risk increased by recent Flooding

 

Residents Urged to Use Repellents, Other Methods to Prevent Bites

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Standing water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, and flooded areas in Tennessee could easily cause populations of these disease-carrying pests to flourish.

The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding the residents working to clean up homes, businesses and other facilities in Tennessee to take steps to help prevent illnesses associated with mosquitoes. «Read the rest of this article»

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Protect yourself from tick and mosquito bites to prevent illness

 

TDOH reports some tick-borne illnesses on the rise

Tennessee Department of HealthNASHVILLE – Summer is the peak time for people to be bitten by ticks and mosquitoes, which may carry diseases that can infect humans. The Department of Health tracks cases of these diseases and has noted a recent increase in human cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, both of which are transmitted through tick bites. TDOH urges Tennesseans to follow commonsense precautions to protect themselves and help reduce the risk of illness.

Ticks commonly found in Tennessee

Ticks commonly found in Tennessee

Statistics from the TDOH Communicable and Environmental Diseases Services show a moderate increase of 65 confirmed cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever statewide for this year, compared to 46 for the same period last year. CEDS also reports 17 confirmed cases of Ehrlichiosis statewide so far this year, compared to 14 for this time in 2008.

“Increases in these illnesses typically occur during the summer months. The increased number of cases this year compared to last year is a reminder of the importance of preventing tick bites and controlling ticks around our homes,” said John Dunn, DVM, PhD, public health veterinarian with TDOH. “If you do find a tick on your skin, removing it promptly will reduce your risk of illness.”

Ticks are common in Tennessee, and can be found on lawns and in household landscaping as well as wooded areas. These precautions can help you protect yourself in environments where ticks are present: «Read the rest of this article»

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