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Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:49:38 GMT
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:46:04 GMT
Albany Humane Society officials say it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have seen. Tonight a veterinarian and Humane Society workers are trying to nurse a one-year old lab mix back toMore >>
Albany Humane Society officials and a veterinarian are nursing a dog back to health, after she was nearly starved to death.More >>
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Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration. Party City will open a store at 2709 Dawson Road, near the Albany Mall this August. EconomicMore >>
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:41:48 GMT
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria. We introduced you to Michael Hobgood last night. His arm was amputated less than twoMore >>
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria.More >>
October 29, 2007
Albany -- The Southwest Georgia Public Health District is investigating several potential cases of that drug-resistant Superbug in at least six southwest Georgia counties. Friday, we were the first to tell you that they confirmed single cases at two different Dougherty County Schools. Public Health officials are most concerned about a clustering of cases.
Today, an infection prevention specialist said spraying down classrooms and buses hasn't proven to prevent the spread of the bug, but good hygiene has.
Two cases of MRSA, a serious and drug-resistant staph infection, at two different Dougherty County Schools and one reported case in Lee County, have the Public Health District's Epidemiologist concerned about other potential cases.
"We are in the process of investigating some other cases to see if we have any clustering going on, but right now we do not," said Southwest Public Health District Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins.
Those cases come from as many as six counties, but what they're most concerned about is several cases in the same county or school. Health officials are working with school nurses district wide.
"We've done an in service to talk about MRSA and to talk about hand washing to let them know what to look for," said Jenkins.
But infectious disease specialists say there's no evidence to show the school's actions to wash down classrooms or buses helps.
"This is person to person, cleaning locker rooms and buses there's no evidence that, that makes a difference," says Dr. Craig Smith of Infectious Diseases Consultants of Southwest Georgia.
He says keeping cuts clean, not touching someone's wound, not sharing towels, and cleaning shared equipment can help. It's when you see several cases in close proximity that it's cause for concern.
"So if there's a little cluster then we do look at that because if you're spreading it to your spouse, or your family or your workers or your schoolmates then yes someone needs to go in and educate them and break the cycle and make sure doesn't spread," said Dr. Smith.
Public Health is still waiting for several cultures to come back. They say diagnosing MRSA can take up to three days.