Dr. Don Williamson

Science & Health
9:22 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Alabama Taking Steps to Prevent Ebola Infections

An electron micrograph photo of the Ebola virus, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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Alabama's governor and state health officer say the state has taken steps to make sure health care workers are able to identify a case of Ebola quickly and take precautions to make sure others don't become ill.

Gov. Robert Bentley and Dr. Don Williamson said Wednesday that includes providing training material to Alabama hospitals and reminding health care workers of the importance of checking a person's travel history. It also includes taking steps to protect other patients and staff.

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Meningitis-Alabama
10:27 am
Tue October 16, 2012

13 Alabamians Exposed To Recalled Injections

13 Alabamians were injected with the steroid medicine from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak.
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State Health Officer Don Williamson says 13 Alabamians were injected with the steroid medicine from a specialty pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak.

Williamson says six were injected in Tennessee and seven in Florida. Alabama did not receive any of the original batch of recalled injections from New England Compounding Center, but Alabamians were exposed because they received treatment in neighboring states that did receive shipments.

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Infant Mortality
5:15 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Ala. Infant Mortality Rate Reaches Low, Still High

Alabama's infant mortality rate reaches record low.
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Alabama's infant mortality rate has reached an all-time low, but it's still high nationally.


Figures released by the state health agency on Thursday show Alabama's infant death rate was 8.1 infant deaths for every 1,000 births last year.


The figure is a record low, but it's high compared to the most recent national average. The U.S. rate was 6.1 deaths per 1,000 births in 2010, the latest year available.

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West Nile Virus
4:15 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Alabama Records 12 West Nile Cases, 1 Death

12 cases of West nile virus have been confirmed in Alabama.
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Alabama has recorded 12 cases of West Nile virus this summer, with one death so far.

State Health Officer Don Williamson said Friday that Alabama is ahead of where it was at the same time in 2008, when 18 cases were diagnosed. 2009 saw no cases, and 2010 had three.

Six of the cases this summer have been in Montgomery County, and that's where the fatality occurred with a man over 60 years old. Three cases were in Mobile County, and one each in Baldwin, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa counties.

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