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    Alabama health officials confirm state’s first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis, rare polio-like disease

    BIRMINGHAM - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has confirmed the state's first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like disease that affects the nervous system. Health officials say the cause of the disease is unknown at this time. The ADPH said...

    Widespread flu outbreak prompts Gov. Ivey to declare State Public Health Emergency

    MONTGOMERY - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday declared a State Public Health Emergency due to this season's widespread outbreak of the influenza virus. Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is expected to hold a news conference on Friday to provide additional information...

    January is Radon Action Month; ADPH offers free radon test kits

    MONTGOMERY - Do you know that winter is the perfect time to protect the health of yourself and your family from radon? Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and is the leading cause of lung cancer in...

    ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama

    MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday issued an alert of increased influenza (flu) activity across the state. A media release from the ADPH reminds the public that the flu is a very contagious respiratory illness, with symptoms including fever, cough,...

    ADPH: ‘Share Your Smile with Alabama’ photo contest open to 3rd graders statewide

    MONTGOMERY - A healthy smile is important to children, both for their overall health and self-esteem. The Oral Health Office of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is launching its smile photo contest, and it is open to all third-grade students residing in...

    Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s 10th Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and end at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 9. “This is a perfect opportunity for parents to purchase needed school supplies and get a tax break at the same time,”...

    Children in Alabama being tested for Enterovirus D68

    MONTGOMERY - Reports of cases from across the nation have prompted concern among parents of children and teenagers about enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).   On Aug. 29, 2014, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) sent a message to all primary care physicians to consider testing for...

    ADPH seeks input on maternal and child health care needs

    MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking that families with children or youth complete an online survey concerning health and health care services. The anonymous survey is being conducted during the months of July through September and takes about 20 minutes...

    Prevent Foodborne illnesses on hot Summer days

    MONTGOMERY – Picnics, backyard grilling, camping, weddings and outdoor family reunion meals can provide a perfect environment for foodborne illnesses because the hot temperatures of summer create an ideal time for bacteria to grow. Recent foodborne illness outbreaks that resulted in hospitalizations should remind...

    Avoid senseless tragedy by never leaving children alone in vehicles

    MONTGOMERY – Each summer there are deaths related to heat exposure in Alabama. The extremely hot temperatures in summer should remind parents, grandparents and caregivers not to leave children unattended in vehicles. Young children are at special risk because their bodies heat up three...