More people are coming down with the flu in the U.S., and Georgia and other Southeastern states are seeing higher numbers of reported cases. The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the H1N1 virus is the dominant strain this season.
Flu cases are ticking up in Georgia. Public health officials announced the first influenza-related deaths in Georgia this flu season—two adults in metro Atlanta. Officials did not provide further details about the two who died. The Department of Public Health says that while the flu level is still considered minimal in Georgia, it is reporting increases in flu activity statewide, including hospitalizations.
Friday was payday for the CDC’s employees. Or, rather, half a payday. Employees of the Atlanta-based public health agency received roughly half their pay last week due to the federal shutdown. Workers were paid for the one week prior to the shutdown, but the second week of the pay period was affected by the shutdown.
More than 250 people in at least six states have come down with a stomach bug that could be linked to foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control says the cyclospora infection causing diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia and Connecticut.
A consortium of malaria researchers in Georgia has received a five-year federal contract worth up to $19.4 million. The team plans to study and catalog in molecular detail how malaria parasites interact with their human and animal hosts. That information could be used to develop and evaluate new diagnostic tools, antimalarial drugs and vaccines.
Health officials say West Nile virus season is off to a menacing start, with more serious illnesses reported so far this year than any since 2004. The bulk are in Texas, especially around the Dallas area, though two cases have been reported in metro Atlanta.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is trying to reduce stigma and complacency around HIV and AIDS with a new advertising and social media blitz featuring Americans living with the disease. The campaign is launching initially in six cities, including Atlanta.
Half of new HIV infections and AIDS diagnoses in 2009 were in the South, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that is getting the attention of some of the region’s federal representatives. A Congressional roundtable Tuesday will begin the search for solutions.