CDC Awards $400,000 to Alabama to Fight Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $400,000 to Alabama to establish, enhance, and maintain information-gathering systems to rapidly detect microcephaly–a serious birth defect of the brain–and other adverse outcomes caused by Zika virus infection. The funding will also help Alabama ensure that affected infants and their families are referred to appropriate health and social services. Finally,…

CDC: Backyard Chickens Danger

Alabama among the states with cases reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with a report on the transmission of salmonella from live chickens raised by individuals. There have been nine cases in Alabama, hundreds across the country.     You’ll find advice about avoiding illness on the CDC website HERE. Categories: News, Statewide Tags: backyard chickens, CDC, health danger, Salmonella

Flour Recalled by General Mills Largely From Missouri Plant

Source: General Mills General Mills says the 10 million pounds of its flour recalled over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak in 20 states largely was produced at the company’s Kansas City, Missouri, plant. But company spokesman Mike Siemienas says the E. coli strain hasn’t been found in any General Mills flour products or at the Missouri site….

CDC: Heart Disease on Decline-except in Alabama

Other SE States also show an increase.

Deaths from heart disease have declined in the U.S. overall in recent years, but certain areas have seen less progress than others. That’s according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Prior research from the AHA found that deaths due to cardiovascular diseasedeclined by almost 29 percent from 2003 to 2013. Still, about 610,000 people…

Flu Vaccine More Effective This Year; Milder Season So Far

NEW YORK (AP) – The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year. Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That’s a big improvement from last winter’s nasty flu season when the vaccine was less than 20 percent effective. Unlike last year’s vaccine, this year’s is a good match to the strains making people sick. It’s been a…