Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://apr.org en Alabama Records Case Of Mosquito-Borne Virus http://apr.org/post/alabama-records-case-mosquito-borne-virus <p></p><p>The state Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of a nasty mosquito-borne virus in Alabama.</p><p>Deputy director for medical affairs, Thomas Miller, says a Huntsville woman got chikungunya (chik-in-GUHN'-yuh) while traveling in Haiti. He says she was beyond the transmission stage when she returned to Alabama.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:54:29 +0000 The Associated Press 54588 at http://apr.org Alabama Records Case Of Mosquito-Borne Virus Ala. Hospital Patient Tests Positive For Legionella http://apr.org/post/ala-hospital-patient-tests-positive-legionella <p></p><p>University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital officials say another patient has tested positive for a bacteria that can lead to a type of pneumonia.</p><p>UAB Hospital officials said Thursday that a ninth patient tested positive for legionella bacteria. The Jefferson County Department of Health has also said a hospital visitor tested positive for the bacteria.</p><p>Two of the eight patients who initially tested positive for legionella later died. Their causes of death are unclear.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:58:56 +0000 The Associated Press 53792 at http://apr.org Ala. Hospital Patient Tests Positive For Legionella Mobile Sees Alarming Rise In Whooping Cough Cases http://apr.org/post/mobile-sees-alarming-rise-whooping-cough-cases <p></p><p>Health officials in Mobile say there's been an alarming recent rise in the number of whooping cough cases in the area.</p><p>Whooping cough, the common name for pertussis, is highly contagious. Those infected experience uncontrollable violent coughing that can make it hard to breathe.</p><p>Local media reports say the Mobile County Health Department has recorded 18 cases, 10 of which have been confirmed, between May 25 and June 11. Multiple other possible cases were being investigated.</p><p>There were just eight confirmed and probable cases in the county last year.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:55:20 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 53791 at http://apr.org Mobile Sees Alarming Rise In Whooping Cough Cases Alabama Closes Mystery Illness Probe http://apr.org/post/alabama-closes-mystery-illness-probe <p>Alabama health officials investigating a cluster of respiratory illnesses say the total has increased to 10, but they are closing the investigation.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; State Health Officer Don Williamson said Thursday the cases are unrelated and all have reasonable explanations. He said health officials took extraordinary caution because of two new viruses - one in China and another in the Middle East. But they found no evidence of new or unexpected viruses or bacteria in the cluster of cases in southeast Alabama.<br> Fri, 24 May 2013 11:47:01 +0000 The Associated Press 31026 at http://apr.org Alabama Closes Mystery Illness Probe Mysterious Illness Kills 2 in Southeast Alabama http://apr.org/post/mysterious-illness-kills-2-southeast-alabama <p>State health officials say a mysterious respiratory illness has left five people hospitalized and two dead in southeast Alabama.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; In a statement, Alabama Department of Public Health spokeswoman Mary McIntyre says seven people have been admitted to hospitals with a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Two of the seven have died and McIntyre says the department and the Centers for Disease Control Respiratory Laboratory are analyzing lab tests from all seven.<br> Wed, 22 May 2013 11:27:24 +0000 The Associated Press 30857 at http://apr.org Mysterious Illness Kills 2 in Southeast Alabama US Flu Season Starts Early, Could Be Bad, CDC Says http://apr.org/post/us-flu-season-starts-early-could-be-bad-cdc-says <P>Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years — and it could be a bad one.</P> <P>The primary strain circulating is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly.</P> <P>But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation seems to be fairly well prepared. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:58:27 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 21505 at http://apr.org US Flu Season Starts Early, Could Be Bad, CDC Says Ala. Ranks 4th Nationally For Obesity http://apr.org/post/ala-ranks-4th-nationally-obesity A new study says Alabama is the nation's fourth-fattest state. The report released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 32 percent of Alabama's adults are obese. That's slightly better than the obesity rates in Mississippi, Louisiana and West Virginia. The state obesity rate for 2011 is a little less than the number from 2010, but the CDC says the two numbers can't be compared because it changed statistical methods. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:45:18 +0000 Associated Press 16192 at http://apr.org Ala. Ranks 4th Nationally For Obesity