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Cases of mosquito-borne illnesses continue to rise

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the fifth human case reported in a Mississippi. The four cases previously reported occurred in travelers to ...

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Manning family establishes health care initiative at UMMC

JACKSON — Archie and Olivia Manning have launched a campaign to boost the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s commitment to improving the health of the state’s residents. With the launch of the Manning Family Fund for a Healthier Mississippi, the state’s “First Family of Football” has loaned its celebrated name to the cause of bettering the lives of all Mississippians. ...

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Investigations close into whistleblower complaints about VA hospital

JACKSON — The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says investigations are closed into whistleblower disclosure about radiology and patient care practices at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. Carolyn Lerner of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to the president yesterday about whistleblower complaints at several VA facilities, including Jackson. In her letter, ...

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Oklahoma health system donates to hospital workers in wake of tornado

LOUISVILLE — The Norman Regional Health System in Oklahoma has donated $48,000 to the Winston County Medical Center in Louisville. Norman Regional Health System President and CEO David Whitaker says the company wanted to help employees impacted negatively by the April 28 tornado. The Oklahoma-based health system is recovering from a 2013 tornado. Winston County Medical Center CEO Paul Black ...

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Health Department investigating state's first potential case of chikungunya

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating its first potential case of chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia. State health officials said yesterday that a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Haiti may have the illness. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and joint swelling. Deaths are rare, but officials ...

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PEER criticizes DMH; has questions for LeGrand about cutting care

WHITFIELD — A legislative watchdog committee is criticizing how the Department of Mental Health handled a contract to shut down its community care unit at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, in a report released Friday, criticized the department’s $45,000 contract with Guided Steps to move 120 patients out of ...

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Forrest General offering leased vehicles to staff

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Home Care and Hospice is lowering operating costs, meeting an increased demand for care and providing more reliable fuel-efficient transportation for its clinical staff. The leased vehicles are an alternative to mileage reimbursement, thus eliminating the need for wear and tear on personal vehicles. A roll out of 93 new 2014 Nissan Sentra SV’s was made ...

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Construction complete on Healthplex Performance Center

MADISON — General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie has completed the $16-million Healthplex Performance Center in Madison. The two-story, 100,000-square-foot sportsplex and medical office building includes a training floor with strength and cardio equipment, indoor walking track, indoor pool, therapy pools, indoor field house and athletic field, among other amenities. The facility also features medical office clinics for the Mississippi Sports ...

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Nunnelee hospitalized with 'small abnormality' on brain

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee is in a Washington, D.C., hospital after initially suffering nausea and fatigue. WTVA-TV reports Nunnelee, a Republican from Tupelo, went to the hospital Wednesday after consulting with the House attending physician. In a statement, Nunnelee says an MRI later showed a small abnormality on the right side of his brain. The 55-year-old congressman, reports ...

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