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Ebola Message From The State Health Commissioner

My team and I at VDH will continue to work tirelessly to do our very best to protect people in Virginia from Ebola. This work will be done through the strong relationships that already exist with our partners to make sure that we are all prepared to respond. In addition, we will continually re-evaluate our plans and procedures as new information arises with this rapidly changing issue. We also want to be sure you have the most accurate and timely information to be able to make good decisions to protect your health. Please submit your questions and ideas for improving our communications and materials here.

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Talk TurkeyVDH Wishes you a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

The holidays are a great time of year to spend with friends, family and loved ones.  Be sure to follow these food safety tips to ensure no one misses out on the festivities.

  1. Clean. Wash hands, cutting boards, utensils, and countertops.
  2. Separate. Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods.
  3. Cook.  Use a food thermometer to ensure that foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature: 145°F for whole meats (allowing the meat to rest for 3 minutes before carving or consuming), 160°F for ground meats, and 165°F for all poultry.
  4. Chill. Keep your refrigerator below 40°F, and refrigerate food that will spoil.

Learn more about ways to keep your family safe from foodborne illnesses.

Get Your Flu Vaccine!

Influenza is commonly referred to as the “flu”. It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu.

Did you know that everyone needs a flu vaccine—every flu season? The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray. The best way to protect yourself and your child is with the flu vaccine. Get your flu vaccine today!

For more information:

CDC Health Advisory: Acute Neurological Illness with Limb Weakness of Unknown Cause in Children

  • CDC is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to investigate reports of nine children hospitalized for neurologic illness with limb weakness of unknown cause. As part of the investigation they are working to determine whether this cluster of illness in Colorado may be linked to the large nationwide outbreak of EV-D68.
  • The Virginia Department of Health has received one report from the Northern Region of a child with acute neurological illness of unknown etiology. We are currently investigating the report and working with the health care provider to gather more information.
  • Neurologic illness with limb weakness can result from a variety of infectious and non-infectious causes.  Viral causes of neurologic illness can include enteroviruses (polio and non-polio), adenovirus, and West Nile virus but neurologic illness caused by these agents is very uncommon in the United States.
  • VDH and CDC have interest in characterizing the epidemiology and etiology of such cases. Clinicians should report immediately to your local health department any patient meeting the following case definition:

    Patients ≤ 21 years of age with
    1) Acute onset of focal limb weakness occurring on or after August 1,. 2014;
    AND
    2) An MRI showing a spinal cord lesion largely restricted to gray matter.

  • CDC Health Advisory

Last Updated: 11-24-2014

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