Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
Press Release from the South Health District-
The Georgia Public Health Laboratory has confirmed a second case of Neisseria meningitis (meningococcal meningitis) in Lowndes County.
South Health District received the positive culture results from the state lab Monday, March 16. All appropriate contacts have been treated with preventive medications.
The initial case was a 24 year old female diagnosed in early March, who has recovered and been discharged from the hospital. The second case was a young child who died shortly after admission to the hospital.
Public Health has investigated both cases and has found no contacts in common between the two. "This type of meningitis usually occurs as isolated cases," said Dr. Lynne Feldman, District Health Director.
"This type of disease is extremely rare. We have no reason to expect any other cases in Lowndes County, but we are monitoring the situation very closely."
Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness, which is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2 through 18 years of age in the United States. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The disease is spread through air droplets and direct contact with someone who is infected. Symptoms of meningitis appear suddenly and often include high fever, severe and persistent headache, stiff neck, muscle pains, nausea and vomiting.
Changes in behavior such as confusion, sleepiness, and difficulty waking up may also occur. Prompt medical attention is required when symptoms of meningitis are present.
Anyone can get meningococcal disease, but it is most common in infants less than one year of age and people with certain medical conditions, such as lack of a spleen. College freshmen who live in dormitories and teenagers 15 to 19 have an increased risk of getting meningococcal disease.
There are two types of meningococcal vaccine in the United States which are approved for use in persons aged 2 yrs and older. "The newest vaccine provides excellent immunity and should be considered for eligible children and adolescents," stated Feldman.
The meningococcal conjugate vaccine is recommended for children and adolescents 11 through 18 years of age. This vaccine is normally given during the routine preadolescent immunization visit (11-12 years).
Meningococcal vaccine is also recommended for:
œ Anyone who did not get the vaccine during their preadolescent
œ College freshmen living in dormitories.
œ U.S. military recruits.
œ Anyone traveling to, or living in, a part of the world where
meningococcal disease is common, such as Africa.
œ Anyone who has a damaged spleen, or whose spleen has been
œ Anyone who has an immune system disorder, such as organ
transplant recipients and persons on chemo therapy.
Individuals can receive the vaccine at the Lowndes County Health Department for $109. Children 18 years and younger may be eligible for Vaccines for Children vaccine and their cost would be $10. Individuals should check with their insurance carriers for coverage.