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East Central Health of Georgia

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Norovirus: Symptoms and Prevention

Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Measles: What You Need To Know

Measles is a highly contagious, serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. In rare cases, measles can be deadly.

Tuberculosis Testing and Treatment

Tuberculosis is a serious disease that can affect the lungs, and can be deadly if left untreated. The good news is, tuberculosis can be cured with proper treatment.

Help to Quit Smoking Available Statewide

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing help to Georgians who want to quit smoking and stop using tobacco products. With grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DPH is offering a fourweek supply of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy to all Georgia tobacco users aged 18 and older.

Two Birds Tested Positive For West Nile In South Richmond County

Two birds were discovered dead at separate residences of South Richmond County. The main route of human infection with West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds, which may circulate the virus in their blood for a few days.

Rabid Raccoon Found In West Richmond County

A resident of West Augusta was bitten by a raccoon on October 2, 2005 at his home address. Richmond County Animal Control personnel were contacted and they shot the animal. The raccoon tested positive for rabies.