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Forrest General training, drilling for Ebola patients

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital says it has a plan in place to address Ebola. The hospital reports training and drills have been underway to assure staff that safety measures are in place for their protection and the protection of patients. Plans will continue to be adjusted as new information is provided by the Center for Disease Control. An isolation ...

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Currier: Ebola is low-risk, but training, preparation ongoing

JACKSON — State health officials say they are keeping Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities up-to-date on Ebola identification and treatment. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, speaking at a briefing in Jackson today, says Ebola is low-risk in Mississippi. However, she says the Health Department is working with hospitals to get staff trained and prepared to handle any cases that ...

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Peavey's wellness program honored after workers drop 1,000 pounds

MERIDIAN — HR Professionals Magazine has named Meridian-based Peavey Electronics a “Mississippi Corporate Role Model” for the company’s health program. Implemented in 2013, Peavey Wellness is an employee wellness program led by Peavey Corporate Health Director Karin Roberts. The initiative has yielded positive results, as the company as a whole has lost a combined 1,000 pounds since March. “The whole ...

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NRC names Memorial Hospital among best in nation — again

GULFPORT — For the eighth consecutive year, National Research Corporation (NRC) has recognized Memorial Hospital at Gulfport among the nation’s top hospitals as a 2014/15 Consumer Choice Award winner. NRC has honored hospitals whose healthcare consumers have rated as having the best quality and image nationally. Memorial was selected as having the highest quality, best image/reputation, best doctors and best ...

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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 are ongoing, Dobbs said Mississippi ...

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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 and Prevention say flu usually ...

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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 into law, many low-wage workers ...

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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 UMMC’s screening process in the ...

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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 year. Hinds County has the ...

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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 Center in Pearl. “I understand ...

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