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Epidemiologist: State’s hospitals can identify, isolate Ebola cases

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State health officials say Mississippi hospitals will be capable of handling any Ebola cases that may arise. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said some hospitals are updating procedures based on information provided by the state Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even now as updates […] [...]

State officials identify first flu case this season

MARSHALL COUNTY  — Weeks into the flu season, state health officials say a Marshall County teen has Mississippi’s first reported flu infection. State Epidemiologist Thomas Dobbs says people should get flu shots now, if they haven’t already. He says it usually takes a week or two to provide immunity. The federal Centers for Disease Control […] [...]

Advocates of low-income residents decry failure to expand Medicaid

JACKSON — Groups supporting low-income Mississippi residents said yesterday that elected officials are ignoring 300,000 people and refusing billions of federal dollars by choosing not to expand Medicaid in one of the poorest states in the nation. If the state were to extend Medicaid, as allowed under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed […] [...]

UMMC receives patient suspected of having Ebola

JACKSON — A patient who arrived Sunday night at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Emergency Department was questioned for the possibility of Ebola after exhibiting potential symptoms of the disease. The patient, who told staff they had recently been in contact with someone who had traveled from West Africa, was questioned as part of […] [...]

Number of state’s human cases of West Nile in 2014 climbs to 43

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming three new cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 43 this year. New cases reported yesterday are in Calhoun, Hinds and Madison counties. Nobody has died in the latest cases, although there have been five previous deaths from the mosquito-borne virus this […] [...]

Bryant wants report on health emergency plans in wake of Ebola outbreak

JACKSON — At the request Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi State Department of Health and several other key state agencies are working closely together to ensure a coordinated response with the states’ public health emergency plans. These agencies will provide Bryant a complete briefing on Wednesday at the State Emergency Operations […] [...]

Mississippi tops again in ranking of physician-friendly states

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — For the second straight year, the Magnolia State is tops when it comes to a physician-friendly locale to practice medicine. Each year, Norwalk, Connecticut-based Physicians Practice compiles its list of the “Best States to Practice,” based on several analytics including cost of living, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita […] [...]

Officials identify first case in state of enterovirus D68

HANCOCK COUNTY — Mississippi health officials have confirmed the state’s first case of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children. The Mississippi State Department of Health today confirmed a case of enterovirus D68 in Hancock County. Health officials say the child was hospitalized and has since recovered. Enterovirus-D68 is a more virulent strain of […] [...]

USM renovating facilities for new home of College of Health

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi plans to renovate Joseph Greene Hall and part of its Chain Technology Building for its College of Health. The College Board approved an architect to plan the renovation, projected to cost $7 million. USM’s College of Business plans to vacate Greene Hall early next year for the new […] [...]

Natchez hospital auction attracts only one bidder

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center goes up for auction today, but only one company is bidding. Community Health Systems is the only entity that met a Monday deadline to qualify to try to buy the hospital, which is in bankruptcy. That’s according to Scott Slover, attorney for the Adams County Board of Supervisors. CHS […] [...]

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