Alabama Department of Public Health http://apr.org en Alabama Has More Possible Mosquito Virus Cases http://apr.org/post/alabama-has-more-possible-mosquito-virus-cases <p></p><p>Alabama may have four more cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya (chik-in-GUHN'-yuh).</p><p>Dr. Thomas Miller of the Alabama Department of Public Health says the Centers for Disease Control has sent back preliminary positive findings on four Alabama residents. Final results are not complete. Two are from Colbert County and the others are from Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:55:18 +0000 The Associated Press 55025 at http://apr.org Alabama Has More Possible Mosquito Virus Cases Only 3 Alabama Abortion Clinics Remain Open http://apr.org/post/only-3-alabama-abortion-clinics-remain-open <p></p><p>Three of Alabama's five abortion clinics remain open after complying with a new state law that sets stricter building requirements.</p><p>The law was passed by the Legislature last year and it goes into effect Tuesday.</p><p>The Alabama Department of Public Health says clinics in Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Mobile have worked to comply with the law's requirements for wider halls and doors and improved fire safety measures. A clinic in Huntsville closed Friday because it couldn't meet the requirements. But it is planning to move to a new location and get a new license.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:11:26 +0000 The Associated Press 54886 at http://apr.org Only 3 Alabama Abortion Clinics Remain Open 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 North Ala. Clinic That Provides Abortions To Close http://apr.org/post/north-ala-clinic-provides-abortions-close <p></p><p>The only abortion clinic in north Alabama is expected to close by the end of the week.</p><p>Officials at the Alabama Women's Center said Tuesday that they'd rather close voluntarily than be faced with a state intervention.</p><p>The clinic was faced with a July 1 deadline to bring its facility up to code with a surgical treatment center.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:15:39 +0000 The Associated Press 54510 at http://apr.org North Ala. Clinic That Provides Abortions To Close Report Says Overdoses In Ala. Tripled Since 1999 http://apr.org/post/report-says-overdoses-ala-tripled-1999 <p></p><p>Alabama public health officials say they&#39;re aware of statistics in a report saying Alabama&#39;s prescription drug overdose rate has nearly tripled since 1999 and they are working with other agencies to confront the problem.</p><p>The Montgomery Advertiser reported Tuesday that a national report by Trust for America&#39;s Health says Alabama&#39;s fatal prescription drug overdose rate has jumped from 3.9 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 11.8 per 100,000 people.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:12:31 +0000 The Associated Press 39397 at http://apr.org Report Says Overdoses In Ala. Tripled Since 1999 Alabama Shellfish Harvesting Waters Closed http://apr.org/post/alabama-shellfish-harvesting-waters-closed <p>The state Department of Public Health is temporarily closing shellfish growing waters in Mobile and Baldwin County.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; In a release Monday, Jeff McCool of the Alabama Department of Public Health said waterways will close because recent heavy rainfall may have led to bacterial contamination of oyster beds.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; Impacted waterways include Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Grand Bay, Heron Bay, Dauphin Island Bay and Bon Secour Bay.<br> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:32:18 +0000 The Associated Press 36339 at http://apr.org Alabama Shellfish Harvesting Waters Closed 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 Ala. Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops To Historic Low http://apr.org/post/ala-teen-pregnancy-rate-drops-historic-low <P>The Alabama&nbsp;Department of Public Health has announced the state's teen birth rate has reached a historic low.</P> <P>Officials say the teen birth rate in 2011 fell to a low of 20.9 per 1,000 women ages 10 to 19. State health officials say the figure translates to about 6,700 births to teen mothers.</P> <P>State health officials say babies born to teenage mothers account for about 11.3 percent of all births in the state. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:01:47 +0000 The Associated Press 23265 at http://apr.org Ala. Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops To Historic Low Flu Cases Up In Alabama From Last Season http://apr.org/post/flu-cases-alabama-last-season <P>State Health Officer Don Williamson says Alabama's flu season started earlier than a year ago and there are more cases. But he said it's not out of line with some of the busiest years during the last decade.</P> <P>Williamson said at a news conference Friday that Alabama's flu season took off in November and the most common type has been influenza A, which is covered by this season's flu shot. State health department officials can't say how many cases have been reported, but Williamson said 12 percent of the visits to Alabama doctors' offices in late December were for flu-like symptoms. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:28:42 +0000 The Associated Press 23108 at http://apr.org Flu Cases Up In Alabama From Last Season Alabama Weight Loss Program Begins 7th Year http://apr.org/post/alabama-weight-loss-program-begins-7th-year <DIV> <P>A program designed to help Alabamians lose weight is kicking off its seventh year.</P> <P>The state Department of Public Health is encouraging four-member teams to start forming for Scale Back Alabama. The teams will weigh in the week of Jan. 19-25 and weigh out the week of April 6-12. The winners will be announced April 26.</P> <P>There is no charge to enter. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 12:52:52 +0000 The Associated Press 22783 at http://apr.org Alabama Weight Loss Program Begins 7th Year PE Class Changes in Alabama Stress Student Health http://apr.org/post/pe-class-changes-alabama-stress-student-health <P>Alabama's public school students are taking part in a new physical fitness assessment this year, replacing a series of tests that had not been updated since their parents were in school.</P> <P>Citing a need to refocus on the fitness of the state's children, the new Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment rolled out this fall in public schools. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:30:39 +0000 The Associated Press & the associ 22418 at http://apr.org PE Class Changes in Alabama Stress Student Health Williamson: Ala Medicaid Faces $30M Shortfall http://apr.org/post/williamson-ala-medicaid-faces-30m-shortfall <DIV> <P>Alabama's top health officer says state Medicaid is facing a major funding shortfall.</P> <P>The director of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Dr. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:40:59 +0000 The Associated Press 21159 at http://apr.org Williamson: Ala Medicaid Faces $30M Shortfall Infection Data from Alabama Hospitals Online http://apr.org/post/infection-data-alabama-hospitals-online <P>The public now has access to some of the information reported by Alabama hospitals about healthcare-associated infections.</P> <P>The Legislature passed a law in 2009 requiring hospitals to report infection information to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:54:12 +0000 The Associated Press 20794 at http://apr.org Infection Data from Alabama Hospitals Online 2 Alabamians Who Got Injections Showing Symptoms http://apr.org/post/2-alabamians-who-got-injections-showing-symptoms Alabama health officials have contacted four of the six additional Alabamians who received injections of steroid medicine from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak. The state's deputy director of medical affairs, Dr. Tom Miller, said Wednesday that two are fine. Two are showing symptoms and will be seen by their physician to see if the symptoms are ordinary or something more serious. The Department of Public Health is trying to reach the other two patients. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:30:51 +0000 The Associated Press 19417 at http://apr.org 2 Alabamians Who Got Injections Showing Symptoms