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COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
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Bryan County Health Department

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The Bryan County Health Department serves the residents of Bryan County with clinics in Pembroke and Richmond Hill.

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Camden County Health Department

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The Camden County Health Department serves the residents of Camden County with clinics in St. Marys and Woodbine.

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Chatham County Health Department

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The Chatham County Health Department serves the residents of Savannah and Chatham County with two clinics and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Coastal Health District

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The Coastal Health District serves Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties in the state of Georgia.

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Effingham County Health Department

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The Effingham County Health Department serves the residents of Effingham County with a clinic in Springfield.

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Glynn County Health Department

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The Glynn County Health Department serves the residents of Glynn County with a clinic and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Liberty County Health Department

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The Liberty County Health Department serves the residents of Liberty County with three clinics and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Long County Health Department

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The Long County Health Department serves the residents of Long County with a clinic in Ludowici.

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McIntosh County Health Department

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The McIntosh County Health Department serves residents of McIntosh County with a clinic in Townsend.

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LOCAL HEALTH NEWS

Camden County Public Health Officials Encourage Rabies Precautions

July 23, 2014 - Reports of recent dog bites in the area of W. Dawson Ave and W. Johnson Ave in Kingsland have prompted Camden County Environmental Health officials to remind residents to avoid wild or stray animals and make sure pets are vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a potentially deadly virus that is primarily spread by infected animals. Symptoms of rabies in animals include a change in behavior, biting, aggression, showing no fear of natural enemies (such as humans), foaming at the mouth, and paralysis.

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Health District Officials Encourage Continued Precautions against Mosquitoes

July 21, 2014 - Coastal Health District officials want to remind residents to take precautions to avoid mosquitoes which are not only a nuisance but can carry disease such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and chikungunya.

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Georgia WIC Program Annual Public Comment Period ( August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014)

July 18, 2014 - The Georgia Department of Public Health's (DPH) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will hold its annual public comment period from August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014. During this period, Georgians are invited to comment on the program's successes and identify opportunities to improve WIC services.

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Raccoon Tests Positive on St. Simons; Public Health Officials Issue Reminder to Avoid Wild or Stray Animals

July 10, 2014 - A raccoon near 6th Street on St. Simons Island (near the St. Simons Elementary School) tested positive for rabies and at least five people were exposed to the raccoon. Those exposed have been advised to contact their healthcare provider. Public health officials are requesting that anyone who has come into contact with a raccoon in that area to call the Environmental Health Division of the Glynn County Health Department at 912-279-2940. It is also possible that a gray and white cat that frequents the 6th Street area near St. Simons Elementary School was exposed to the raccoon. Attempts are being made to locate the cat.

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Family Pets and Pet Owners Exposed to Rabid Cat in Pooler

July 9, 2014 - A feral cat that attacked two family dogs on Old Dean Forest Road in Pooler has tested positive for rabies. The dogs are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. The owners of the dogs also came into contact with the cat and are conferring with their healthcare provider.

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Liberty Co. Health Department to Extend Hours on July 31 for Back to School Immunizations

July 2, 2014 - The Liberty County Health Department will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, to make it as convenient as possible for parents to bring their children in for back to school immunizations. The health department is located at 1113 East Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville.

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Sale of Electronic Cigarettes Illegal to Minors in Georgia

July 2, 2014 - As of July 1, 2014, it is against the law in Georgia to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to a person who is under the age of 18 years old. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging caution about the use and exposure of children to electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes and other emissions producing products.

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Health Department to Extend Hours on July 22 & 29 for Back to School Immunizations

June 30, 2014 - The Effingham County Health Department will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 22 and 29 to make it as convenient as possible for parents to bring their children in for back to school immunizations. The health department is located at 802 Highway 119 South in Springfield.

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Coastal Health District Offers Tips on Summertime Safety

June 23, 2014 - Spending time outdoors is just one of the great things about summer. Coastal Health District officials want coastal Georgia residents to make the most of that time and prevent illness and injury that some summer-related activities can bring.

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Residents Exposed to Rabid Kitten; Public Health and Animal Control Officials Remind Residents to Avoid Wild or Stray Animals

June 18, 2014 - A feral kitten being fed by several neighbors in the Wilmington Park area of Wilmington Island has tested positive for rabies and there have been eight confirmed human exposures. Those exposed have been advised to contact their healthcare provider. It is possible that the kitten got rabies after being exposed to a potentially rabid raccoon. Savannah Chatham Animal Control is attempting to capture the raccoon along with up to six other cats in the same neighborhood that may have been exposed to the rabid kitten. Chatham County Health Department Environmental Health Division and Savannah Chatham Animal Control want to remind residents to always avoid contact with wild or stray animals, watch for unusual behavior in pets and wildlife, and get pets vaccinated against rabies.

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