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West Nile Virus advisory

The Decatur Minute: The DeKalb County Board of Health has asked the city to share the following information: 

A mosquito collection from a DeKalb County Board of Health’s sampling station which is located in Decatur has been reported as positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

While most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms or experience mild flu-like symptoms, the virus potentially can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness. The chance that any one person is going to become ill from a single mosquito bite is low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although people of all ages can become ill.     [READ MORE]

"Time to Register for Run With the Dogs!"

BeActiveDecatur: The Decatur Bulldog Boosters would like to let the Decatur dog-loving and running communities know of the 10th Annual Decatur Bulldog Boosters 5K “Run with the Dogs” on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 9:00 am.  [READ MORE]

Watch out for Copperhead snakes

The Emory Grove neighborhood (north of North Decatur Rd just west of Clairmont Rd) reports several copperhead sightings and one child bitten.  Normally, they don't bite.  They were seen in patches of ivy and warming themselves on pavement in the evening.  Neighbors were advised to keep their eyes open and wear shoes.

Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment Ends March 31

From the county's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: Healthcare.gov website.  You can generally buy Marketplace health insurance only during the annual Open Enrollment period. On March 31, 2014: 2014 Open Enrollment ends.  The following locations offer assistance.

County offering early flu shots

From the DeKalb Board of Health (h/t Decatur- Avondale Estates Patch): Get Early Protection Against the Flu. To avoid getting the flu this influenza season, the DeKalb County Board of Health will begin offering shots early.  By getting ahead of the flu season with early immunization and protection, you can avoid missing costly days of work or school.

West Nile Virus prevention tips

From Emory:  The DeKalb County Board of Health reports that a mosquito collection from a sampling station located near the Clifton Corridor area has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).   While the potential for WNV transmission exists throughout the metro area, this WNV positive collection does indicate a higher risk at this time in the Emory / Wesley Woods / Clifton Corridor area.  Please review the precautions below provided by the DeKalb County Environmental Health Department:

Rep. Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter Update on the Affordable Care Act

From U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: "I’m writing to share the latest information about the benefits and changes taking place over the next few months with the Affordable Care Act. Whether one supports the law or not, I want to ensure that everyone has accurate information. I encourage you to visit the official federal website (www.healthcare.gov), which is a reliable resource about the law. My staff and I look forward to assisting you in any way we can. ..."

Free online: county health inspection grades for restaurants, hotels, pools

From their website: The DeKalb County Board of Health is now offering to the public - free of charge - access to Health Inspections and Sanitation Grades for all Restaurants, Hotels, Pools and other Food Service Establishments in the County.

 

West Nile Virus

From the DeKalb Board of Health via the Emory Grove neighborhood listserv: DeKalb County Board of Health has been notified of its first human case this year of West Nile virus (WNV). This has been a busy year for West Nile virus activity. Surveillance has shown an abundance of the mosquito species that can carry the virus. In fact, more mosquitoes have been collected and tested positive for the virus than in previous years.

Global Health and Humanity Summit

Event Date and Time: 
04/01/2011 (All day) - 04/03/2011 (All day)

From neighbor Neil Shuman: A Global Movement for Change: More than a single happening, this is the creation of a movement to recruit volunteers and resources, network people doing good works, and to ignite similar events around the globe. You’ve heard of the World Economic Summit… this event is the Global Humanitarian Summit! This is neither an academic nor a monetizing venture. It is simply an effort to show that regardless of where one is from, how famous or unknown, and how rich or poor, compassionate action is the secret to a joyous life. We hope to collectively foster and harness the tremendous human potential to do good!

 
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