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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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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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Extension gives tips on avoiding Enterovirus-D68

STARKVILLE — Enterovirus-68 is making headlines and drawing attention to the importance of taking precautions even before cold and flu season arrives. Dr. Thomas Dobbs, state epidemiologist with the Mississippi State Department of Health, said a strain of enterovirus is causing serious complications in some children in 42 states, including Mississippi, as of the first of October. Strains of enterovirus ...

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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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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 the virus that causes the ...

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State's 2014 death toll from West Nile grows to five

COAHOMA COUNTY and LEE COUNTY — State health officials are reporting two new deaths from the West Nile virus in Mississippi, bringing this year’s total to five. The deaths occurred in Lee and Coahoma counties. Other deaths have been reported earlier in Forrest, Madison and Yazoo counties. Reported were 12 new West Nile virus cases, bringing Mississippi’s total this year ...

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