PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY CONCERNING FENTANYL AND FENTANYL-LACED SUBSTANCES
  • Preparedness Urged for Seasonal Severe Weather

    Wednesday, April 08, 2015 | 3:33pm

    While a tornado can occur anytime throughout the year, the peak risk months in Tennessee for property damage and loss of life from twisters and floods are March, April and May. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency this week reminded residents of the need to be alert for severe weather public messaging and to have a plan to protect themselves and their families.

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  • Travelers Urged to Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes

    Monday, March 30, 2015 | 10:41am

    The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding vacation and business travelers about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue. The first confirmed case of chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014; since then 42 additional cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state.

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  • Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Serve in Many Ways

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 10:57am

    NASHVILLE – When flooding, deadly tornadoes or other disasters strike in Tennessee, there’s a dedicated group of volunteers ready to provide assistance. They’re members of the Medical Reserve Corps, a network of community-based volunteers who can support critical work to restore health and safety during and following emergencies.

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  • Dye the Easter Eggs, but Don't Handle the Chicks

    Monday, March 23, 2015 | 1:00pm

    NASHVILLE- Those Easter baskets are often filled with candy and colorful eggs. However, there is one type of gift you should avoid during the holiday—baby chicks and ducklings. Live poultry commonly carry Salmonella germs. When humans handle the birds, the bacteria can spread. Exposure to Salmonella commonly causes extreme abdominal upset. In severe cases, the illness can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 400 people die each year with acute salmonellosis.

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  • Protect Yourself and Others from Cold Weather Deaths

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015 | 2:47pm

    11 Tennesseans Tragically Lost to Hypothermia Since Start of 2015

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging Tennesseans to stay warm and protect themselves, friends and family members from deadly hypothermia as another round of severe cold weather impacts the state. A preliminary review of January and February 2015 fatalities indicates more than one-third of 30 cold weather-related deaths in Tennessee have been attributed to hypothermia, caused when the body’s core temperature drops to unsafe levels. Among the hypothermia deaths that have occurred, there appear to be no unexpected or previously unidentified individual risk factors. The long stretch of unusually cold weather caught many unprepared for the disaster.

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  • Raw Milk Poses Health Risks for Users of All Ages

    Monday, February 23, 2015 | 3:05pm

    NASHVILLE – In the quest for good health, some may believe “100 percent natural” is always best. That belief, however, doesn’t take into account some life-saving scientific advances which have made many products safer without any significant effect on their nutritional value.

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  • Hypothermia A Significant Health Threat

    Friday, February 20, 2015 | 3:17pm

    Alcohol, Drugs Increase Risk

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are warning residents that alcohol and certain drugs increase the risk for hypothermia. The condition occurs when the body’s core temperature drops to 95° or lower and its effects can be deadly.

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  • TDH Encourages Everyone to Prevent Heart Attacks

    Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 9:56am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone to make heart health a top priority during American Heart Month and throughout the year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the number one killer of women.

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  • Exercise and Enjoy Outdoors Safely During Winter Weather

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 10:25am

    NASHVILLE. – Cold weather doesn’t have to send your exercise routine into hibernation. While outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards during winter months, you can still enjoy a walk, run or maybe a sled ride while taking steps to stay safe and healthy. These simple tips are also important for those working outdoors during winter weather.

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