Alabama Department of Public Health

Mosquito Virus-Alabama
3:55 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Alabama Has More Possible Mosquito Virus Cases

Alabama may have four more cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya.
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Alabama may have four more cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya (chik-in-GUHN'-yuh).

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.

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Abortion Regulations
4:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Only 3 Alabama Abortion Clinics Remain Open

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.
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Three of Alabama's five abortion clinics remain open after complying with a new state law that sets stricter building requirements.

The law was passed by the Legislature last year and it goes into effect Tuesday.

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.

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Mosquito Virus-Alabama
3:54 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Alabama Records Case Of Mosquito-Borne Virus

The state Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of a nasty mosquito-borne virus in Alabama.
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The state Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of a nasty mosquito-borne virus in Alabama.

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.

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Women's Clinic-Closing
4:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

North Ala. Clinic That Provides Abortions To Close

The only abortion clinic in north Alabama is expected to close by the end of the week.
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The only abortion clinic in north Alabama is expected to close by the end of the week.

Officials at the Alabama Women's Center said Tuesday that they'd rather close voluntarily than be faced with a state intervention.

The clinic was faced with a July 1 deadline to bring its facility up to code with a surgical treatment center.

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Alabama Fatal Overdoses
4:12 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Report Says Overdoses In Ala. Tripled Since 1999

Alabama public health officials say they're aware of statistics in a report saying Alabama's prescription drug overdose rate has nearly tripled since 1999 and they are working with other agencies to confront the problem.
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Alabama public health officials say they're aware of statistics in a report saying Alabama's prescription drug overdose rate has nearly tripled since 1999 and they are working with other agencies to confront the problem.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported Tuesday that a national report by Trust for America's Health says Alabama's fatal prescription drug overdose rate has jumped from 3.9 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 11.8 per 100,000 people.

Pharmacy Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health, Charles Thomas, says state officials are working to address the issue.

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Arts & Life
8:32 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Alabama Shellfish Harvesting Waters Closed

Alabama's Department of Public Health is temporarily closing shellfish growing waters in Mobile and Baldwin County.
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The state Department of Public Health is temporarily closing shellfish growing waters in Mobile and Baldwin County.

   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.

   Impacted waterways include Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Grand Bay, Heron Bay, Dauphin Island Bay and Bon Secour Bay.

Science & Health
6:27 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Mysterious Illness Kills 2 in Southeast Alabama

State health officials say the CDC is analyzing lab tests from all seven infected by the mysterious illness.
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State health officials say a mysterious respiratory illness has left five people hospitalized and two dead in southeast Alabama.

   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.

Teen Pregnancy
5:01 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Ala. Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops To Historic Low

The Alabama Department of Public Health says teen pregnancy has dropped to a historic low.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced the state's teen birth rate has reached a historic low.


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.


State health officials say babies born to teenage mothers account for about 11.3 percent of all births in the state. The 2011 rate is a 58 percent decline from the state's peak in teen births in 1973, and a 32 percent decrease since 2000.

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Alabama Flu
4:28 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Flu Cases Up In Alabama From Last Season

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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.

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Science & Health
6:52 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Alabama Weight Loss Program Begins 7th Year

A program designed to help Alabamians lose weight is kicking off its seventh year.


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.


There is no charge to enter. Teams where each member sheds at least 10 pounds are eligible for a random drawing where the first prize is $4,000, the second prize $2,000 and the third prize $1,000.

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Business & Education
6:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

PE Class Changes in Alabama Stress Student Health

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.


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. The tests are required for all students in grades 2 through 12 and replace the old President's Challenge Fitness Test, which was adopted in 1984.

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Politics & Government
5:40 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Williamson: Ala Medicaid Faces $30M Shortfall

Dr. Don Williamson is director of the Alabama Department of Public Health.
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Alabama's top health officer says state Medicaid is facing a major funding shortfall.


The director of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Dr. Don Williamson, says federal changes will add $30 million to the state's Medicaid funding needs for 2014.


The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/TdPa3M ) reports that state officials didn't know about the additional cost when voters approved using $437 million from a state fund to plug the Medicaid budget in September.

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Science & Health
7:54 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Infection Data from Alabama Hospitals Online

The public now has access to some of the information reported by Alabama hospitals about healthcare-associated infections.


The Legislature passed a law in 2009 requiring hospitals to report infection information to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Now, the department has started putting that information online at: http://www.adph.org/hai

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Meningitis-Alabama
5:30 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

2 Alabamians Who Got Injections Showing Symptoms

Two Alabamians who got injections show signs of meningitis symptoms.
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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. The six live in Alabama, but were treated in Florida.

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