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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 >>
Life-threatening infections could be running through Georgia hospitals without the knowledge of state's Health Department officials.
That's because state law doesn't require hospitals to share the information.
The state is looking at a program to change that.
When cases of Pertussis or whooping cough surfaced in south Georgia last summer, hospitals and doctors were helpful in alerting the Southwest Georgia Public Health Department to the outbreak.
"We're very fortunate to have a very good relationship with the hospitals in our region that they report to us very promptly," said Jacqueline Jenkins, Southwest Georgia Health District Epidemiologist.
Digging deeper we found the state has a list of 78 different diseases hospitals are required to report. On the immediate list, diseases like Anthrax, Animal Bites, E.coli, and Plague, on the report in 7 days list, AIDS/HIV, Influenza deaths, Mumps and Malaria.
"Usually through their infection control practitioner they alert us with any patient that tests positive for anything on our list of 78 diseases," said Jenkins.
But most of the infections patients pick up once they're inside hospital walls do not have to be reported, despite the danger to public health.
"Acquired Hospital infections are not mandated to be reported to public health in our state right now," said Jenkins.
The state Department of Public Health is using a federal grant to create a program to combat infections picked up inside hospitals walls and with that a system for tracking it. Public Health officials say if the public is aware of a problem they can report it and it will be investigated.
"If there was an issue going on and it was reported to us, we would investigate that," said Jenkins.
Health officials say ultimately the quicker they know about an outbreak of an illness the quicker they can alert the public and try to mitigate the issue before more outbreaks occur. Ultimately keeping a community healthier.
The federal government is also working on a national tracking program that could eventually provide public data to states.