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Fulton County Health Services Prepares for West Nile Virus Season

Fulton County Health Services Prepares for West Nile Virus Season

Fulton County Health Services urges residents to use preventive measures to deter mosquito growth in their neighborhoods.  West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a serious illness and is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.  The occurrence of this virus increases in the summer and continues into the fall.  “We are entering the season for increased mosquito activity,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “In 2011, two human cases of West Nile Virus were identified in Fulton. It is important for us to continue our prevention program and for everyone to use preventive measures to protect themselves and their families against the virus.” 

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.

HIV crisis facing black women in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.

Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries. 

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

ATLANTA -- Belk, Inc. has raised more than $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help win the fight against breast cancer.

The funds were raised through the company-wide "Pink is Our Passion" campaign held at the department stores in October.

"We want to thank our associates and customers for their generosity in supporting our breast cancer campaign, which has raised more than $2 million over the past two years for Susan G. Komen for the Cure," Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc., said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Komen and look forward to our continued efforts to raise more funds to fight this disease."

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Pink is Our Passion was part of a three-year movement to raise $3 million for Komen and its breast cancer initiatives.

Local couple donates $250,000 to Gwinnett Tech

Local couple donates $250,000 to Gwinnett Tech

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett philanthropists Clyde and Sandra Strickland have donated $250,000 to the Legacy of Lives Campaign at Gwinnett Technical College.

The program establishes scholarships for students in certain programs, and helps others enroll in the school after obtaining their GEDs.

RELATED: New Heart & Vascular Center at Gwinnett Medical Center to be named for the Stricklands

Fulton County Health Services Encourages Residents to Get Vaccinated

In observance of National Immunization and Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 5 – 9, 2011, Fulton County Health Services will sponsor flu vaccination drives throughout the county to vaccinate residents, especially pregnant women, against the seasonal flu virus.  There is a $25 fee for the seasonal flu vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important for pregnant women to get a flu shot. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. The flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both a mother and her baby (up until 6 months of age when the child can be vaccinated) from flu.

Flu vaccine safety studies have also shown that flu vaccination does not cause miscarriage during pregnancy and it can be given during any trimester.  Millions of pregnant women have safely received the flu shot over the years, and more pregnant women are getting vaccinated against flu than ever before.

Food Bloggers Dish On How to "Spin" Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Food Bloggers Dish On How to "Spin" Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes When it comes to Thanksgiving food bloggers or “foodies” are anything but traditional. Their favorite philosophy is “Think Outside the Box”. Putting down the Thanksgiving menu is as exciting for them as cooking and sharing the meal with family and friends. Foodies always like to place a creative pin to traditional dishes. The result are unique scrumptious and mouth-watering dishes that could give any professional chef a run for their money.


Recently, food bloggers from "The Brown Culinary Experience" offered their takes on their favorite Thanksgiving dishes.