Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 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 >>
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 >>
October 17, 2007
Albany -- There is a public health alert. A deadly strain of staph infection that's resistant to antibiotics has killed a teenager and led to the closings of 21 schools in Virginia.
While staph infections have traditionally been more prevalent at hospitals and health care facilities, they are also a problem in schools, prone to spread in locker rooms through shared personal items like towels and athletic gear. It's information so staggering, it shocks even veteran health care workers. An infection once confined primarily to hospitals has jumped to other crowded places, and is killing more Americans each year than AIDS. "I think that we as individuals have to take some precaution," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, District Health Director.
It's not easy to treat, actually this type of Staph is resistant to most antibiotics, but it can be prevented the same way as many other illnesses.
"Just as this is a strain that's problematic, there are other things too and we just need to be cognizant of that and always wash our hands," said Grant.
And here's another tip: Don't run to the doctor and ask for an antibiotic every time you have a sneeze, and if your doctor prescribes you one, question if it's truly necessary.
Dr. Grant says abuse of antibiotics is actually what led to this strain of staph's development. "I think we are getting a resurgence of many organisms that are resistant because you can get antibiotics a lot easier."
Most staff infections are minor and will look like a pimple or sore, but if that area gets worse, reddens or just won't heal, you should have it checked out by a doctor. A group of people at higher risk for contracting dangerous staph infections are methamphetamine users, because of sores on their skin.