• Happy Thanksgiving from the North Georgia Health District! Our district offices in Dalton will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 23 and 24. All our Public Health Departments and services in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will also be closed both days. Best wishes from us to you for a healthy and safe holiday!

FREE CHILD CAR SEAT CHECKS IN CHATSWORTH, JULY 23

  click poster to enlarge/DownloadGet your child’s car seat checked for FREE at the Murray County Health Department ON TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013 FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM. THE MURRAY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT is located at 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road in Chatsworth.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on hand to check child car seats and child restraint installations to make sure they are properly installed.

Buckling up your child the right   way for every ride is the most important thing you can do to keep your child safe in the car, so join us for this free child car seat check event!

Call for more information at (706) 695-4585 or log onto www.safekidsgeorgia.org.

Gilmer dog treated after rabid raccoon exposure, owner referred to physician

Ellijay (GA) On June 24, a dog at a Gilmer County farm on Anderson Creek Road, located off Roy Road, fought with a raccoon that has now tested positive for rabies.

The dog was treated for multiple wounds to the face and head sustained during the fight, and the owner was referred to a physician to be evaluated for treatment because he had touched the dog’s wounds where saliva from the raccoon may have been present.

According to Gilmer County Environmental Health Manager Andrea Martin, the dog’s owner had been unable to break up the fight between the animals, so he shot the raccoon and took it to the VCA Appalachian Animal Hospital in East Ellijay. VCA prepared the raccoon for rabies testing and Martin shipped the specimen to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory on June 25. The lab reported the positive results for rabies on June 26.

Martin was pleased to announce that the dog was current on its rabies vaccination, which alleviates concerns about rabies infection in the animal.

“Since the dog's vaccination was current, the only recommendation we had to give was a booster shot and a 45-day observation period,” said Martin. “This is a much better outcome than when we’ve had to recommend either euthanasia or a strict, costly six-month quarantine because a rabies-exposed pet was not vaccinated.”
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It is vital that rabies vaccinations are regularly maintained in pets, not only for the safety of pets, but also for the protection of people who may handle them. Health officials recommend that pets receive the first rabies vaccination at 3-months old then another shot one year later. In subsequent years, owners have the option to provide pets with one-year or three-year rabies shots.

For more information about rabies, please contact Gilmer County Environmental Health at (706) 635-6050 or log onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov.

Spotlight On Men's Health

June is Men’s Health Month and we are reminded of the importance of properly educating men and boys about what they can do to be proactive about their health.

The statistics are troubling. At birth, males outnumber females 105:100. By age 65-74, the ratio shifts to 80:100. Even worse, men often experience a lower quality of life than women.

Some other staggering statistics:

● 1/6 of American men will get prostate cancer.

● 50% of men will develop cancer in their lifetime.

● Testicular cancer is most common in men ages 15-35. It is 100% curable when caught and treated early.

There are, however, simple steps men and boys can take to significantly improve their health. Things like exercising moderately for 30 minutes, five days a week, drinking eight glasses of water every day, and eating a varied diet that includes a lot of fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

The infographic below highlights some of the most important facts related to this issue, with actionable steps that should be taken to address this challenge (resource http://online.nursing.georgetown.edu/).

TAKE THE TEST. TAKE CONTROL. FREE HIV TESTING ON JUNE 27!

National HIV Testing Day is June 27, 2013

      Download Poster here:       Natl HIV Testing Day 2013 poster.pdfIN RECOGNITION OF HIV TESTING DAY, THE NORTH GEORGIA HEALTH DISTRICT WILL PROVIDE FREE RAPID HIV TESTING AT THE WHITFIELD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ON THURSDAY, JUNE 27 FROM 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.

THE WHITFIELD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS LOCATED AT 800 PROFESSIONAL BOULEVARD IN DALTON.

THE RAPID HIV TEST IS QUICK, CONFIDENTIAL AND REQUIRES ONLY A FINGERSTICK. TEST RESULTS WILL BE PROVIDED DURING THE SAME OFFICE VISIT. COUNSELING, FOLLOW-UP AND REFERRAL WILL BE PROVIDED, AS NEEDED.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) RECOMMENDS THAT EVERYONE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 64 BE TESTED FOR HIV AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFETIME, AND THOSE AT INCREASED RISK -- SUCH AS GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN, INJECTION DRUG USERS, OR PERSONS WITH MULTIPLE SEXUAL PARTNERS -- SHOULD BE TESTED AT LEAST ANNUALLY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (706) 281-2370.

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