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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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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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Health care group wants to put smoking ban on ballot

JACKSON — Having failed to persuade lawmakers to ban smoking in public places, the Mississippi State Medical Association now wants lawmakers to put the question to voters. The association, which represents Mississippi’s 4,700 physicians, announced this week it will gather petition signatures in doctors’ offices asking the 2015 Legislature to set a referendum. “We hope we get 100,000 people or ...

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Babies sleeping safer as SIDS rate plummets

While a lot of the headlines on the health care front in Mississippi is bad to really bad, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is reporting some good news. The number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths in Mississippi has declined by more than half from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, the state reported 21 SIDS deaths, a ...

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First flu cases reported by Mississippi Department of Health

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Health has confirmed the state’s first two flu cases of the season. The department says in a news release that flu was found in samples from patients in Harrison and Lamar counties. The statement doesn’t say when the cases were identified. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says the report should serve as a ...

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Currier elected officer

Dr. Mary Currier, MPH, state health officer of the Mississippi State Board of Health, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Currier became Mississippi’s state health officer in 2010 after serving as state epidemiologist from 1993 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2009. Prior to serving as state epidemiologist, she was a medical ...

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St. Dominic Madison hospital denied by Health Dept.

See related story: Big Money at Stake — Aug. 16, 2010 State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier has denied St. Dominic’s request to move 71 of its Jackson beds to Madison and construct a new $121 million facility. St. Dominic says it will appeal the decision in Hinds County Chancery Court. Currier agreed with previous recommendations by the Health Department ...

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Fighting the good fight in flu season

The need remains for folks to continue to get vaccinated   The H1N1 flu season that affected nearly 1,300 Mississippians earlier this year has slacked off, but with seasonal flu months approaching, there is still a need for people to get vaccinated and take precautions.  Dr. Mary Currier, interim state health officer for the Mississippi State Department of Health, said ...

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