Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:48 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:48:53 GMT
Do you have a taste for some good ole' south Georgia watermelon? You might have to wait a little bit. Farmers are running about three weeks behind after some crazy spring weather made this one of theirMore >>
Do you have a taste for some good ole' south Georgia watermelon? You might have to wait a little bit.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 4:32 PM EDT2013-06-19 20:32:15 GMT
South Georgia Medical Center is recognized as the number one spine surgery center in the state. Wednesday health officials gathered at the Valdosta hospital for a ceremony to celebrate the recognitionMore >>
South Georgia Medical Center is recognized as the number one spine surgery center in the state. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:46:09 GMT
A Colquitt County grand jury has indicted two men in a deadly drive by shooting. 23-year-old Derek Rushing and 24-year-old Antonio Williams are charged in the March 5th shooting in which four peopleMore >>
23-year-old Derek Rushing and 24-year-old Antonio Williams are charged in the March 5th shooting in which four people were struck while standing outside a 2nd Street Northwest home. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:26 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:26:33 GMT
We are learning new details about the man who was rescued Tuesday in Ocilla after he became trapped a top of a grain elevator. 36-year-old John Collins of Fitzgerald was repairing a motor one hundredMore >>
36-year-old John Collins of Fitzgerald was repairing a motor one hundred feet a top the grain elevator at Irwinville Peanut when his arm got pinned in the machinery. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:31 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:31:17 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 >>
September 24, 2002
Albany-- If bio terrorists released the small pox virus in Georgia, could health departments and hospitals act quickly enough to head off an epidemic? The federal government is now advising state health directors on how to handle a small pox attack.
With the possibility of a huge number of deaths in a small pox biological attack, the Centers for Disease Control is warning state health directors to "plan for vaccinating mortuary personnel and their families."
This comes as no surprise to David Stern of Kimbrell Stern funeral home in Albany, who says there is always concern about infectious disease. "We are also concerned about that microorganism what happens after the death of the host to us, as funeral service personnel, that's very important how fragile is the microorganism."
Dr. Craig Smith, director of infectious disease at Phoebe Putney Hospital, says funeral home workers will play an important part in containing a small pox outbreak. Smith, who's work for the Infectious Disease Society of America was incorporated into this new plan, says small pox, in its natural form, is not that contagious. "Each case spreads to about 2 to 3 people, but if its been altered by a biological weapons person so its more contagious, that might change."
This new plan addresses how state's can handle a widespread outbreak of small pox. Smith says if an attack were to happen tomorrow, there would be enough vaccination for every single American. "That's not the problem, we have enough vaccine, what we do not have is the infrastructure to accomplish vaccinating everyone in rapid sequence."
But the hope is, under these federal guidelines, state's will be able to develop a vaccination plan in case of a small pox attack. Dr. Smith says to vaccinate one million people in ten days, it would take 20 clinics and nearly 4,700 health care providers and volunteers to administer the doses.