Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The first case of fungal meningitis in Georgia connected to tainted steroid shots has been confirmed in a Bibb County woman, South Georgia medical facilities are making clear that the risk for infection is not high.
On Wednesday afternoon, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's Dr. Douglas Patten, Sr. V. P. for Medical Affairs, told WALB that they used only three products made by NECC out of 1,200 the company manufactures. None of those three is linked to the tainted steroids produced.
PPMH has contacted all the physicians whose patients have received any of the three compounds, and no problems have been reported. PPMH is also sending notices through the mail to those patients.
Phoebe also says that Dr. Carlos Franco, an infectious disease specialist formerly of the CDC, has been in contact with that agency, and Phoebe is ready to deal with any patient exhibiting meningitis symptoms.
Archbold Hospital in Thomasville issued this statement in response to news reports about the medicines provided by the New England Compounding Company.
The medications associated with reported known cases of fungal meningitis have not been used at the hospital. To be cautious, the FDA released a list of additional medications to be recalled which were produced by the New England Compounding Company. Of the medications on the list, the only medication the FDA recalled that we have used, Hyaluronidase, was not in our inventory when we received the FDA notice. Patients that received this medication after May 21, the date of the FDA recall, were all notified that they may be at risk and to be alert for symptoms. To date, we have not treated any patients with fungal meningitis.
Health officials say facilities in Dougherty County were on the list of facilities where shots from the New England Compounding Center were shipped, but the FDA took that list down due to errors so they are waiting to see an updated version.
It can take months for symptoms to show up, so the number of cases may rise.
"At this point, in our district, we do not have anyone who has met those particular criteria..so we are not investigating any possible cases right now," said Jacqueline Jenkins, SW Public Health Epidemiologist.
The FDA is making available two lists of customers who received products that were shipped on or after May 21, 2012 from New England Compounding Center's Framingham, MA facility.
Some of the facilities in Southwest Georgia are:
Phoebe Putney, and Premier Orthopedic Surgi Center, Albany, Archbold Hospital, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center, and PCA Pain Care Center in Thomasville, Tift Regional and Sole Medical Spa/Family Medical Care in Tifton, South Georgia Vein Centers in Valdosta, Southern Orthopaedic Specialists in Bainbridge, Southwest Georgia Medical Center in Cuthbert, The Laser Center Of Moultrie, Coffee Regional in Douglas, Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald, and Donalsonville Hospital.