Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Neisseria Meningitis is typically a rare disease, yet it's appeared numerous times in Valdosta over a very short period.
"I've been practicing emergency medicine for thirteen years and I've only seen two cases," says Dr. Mark Plotkin, Director of the Emergency Department at South Georgia Medical Center. "I have not seen a case of Neisseria Meningitis in probably eight years."
In just the past few months, the city of Valdosta has had three confirmed cases of the life-threatening disease.
Now, the recent death of a twenty-three-year-old suggests there could be another case. While the patient's initial cultures did not reveal Meningitis, her symptoms were in line with those of the disease.
" Symptoms include severe headache, stiff neck, fever. As the illness continues, you can get altered mental status, you can have nausea, vomiting," says Dr. Plotkin.
Now, samples have been sent to the CDC for further evaluation.
Dr. Lynne Feldman, South Health District Director, says, "It's scary the way it kind of crops up and you don't know that you might be vulnerable to this disease."
While there are many forms of Meningitis, Neisseria is the only one that's contagious.
"Neisseria Meningitis is spread primarily through air droplets. The patient could be coughing, or just being in a room with a patient could spread it," says Dr. Plotkin.
But there are ways to protect yourself. "The best protection from Meningitis--from this type of Meningitis--is with the vaccine," says Dr. Feldman.
Since March, the South Health District has only given sixty-two vaccine shots. With multiple confirmed cases of what's typically a rare disease, officials hope more families will choose to get vaccinated.