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    Fulton County is now on AM Radio.  Fulton Focus Forum airs every Sunday morning on WAEC AM…Love 860.  Fulton Focus Forum is a weekly radio broadcast that provides vital information on Fulton Country programs and services available to citizens throughout Fulton County.  Click the station to listen now!

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Fulton Celebrates Opening of New Regional Health Center | Print |

Fulton County is holding a Grand Opening celebration at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 7,2012, to dedicate the newly constructed Adamsville Regional Health Center (ARHC) located at 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331.  An exciting day of activities is planned including a brief program, tours of the facility, games and entertainment for children, and refreshments.  Visitors will have an opportunity to meet county leaders and the health and social service providers who will staff the new center.

Fulton County Health Services Prepares West Nile Virus Season | Print |

Prevention is best protection

Fulton County Health Services urges residents to use preventive measures to deter mosquito growth in their neighborhoods. West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a serious illness and is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. The occurrence of this virus increases in the summer and continues into the fall.  “We are entering the season for increased mosquito activity,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. “In 2011, two human cases of West Nile Virus were identified in Fulton. It is important for us to continue our prevention program and for everyone to use preventive measures to protect themselves and their families against the virus.” The Fulton County Department of Health Services will be trapping and testing mosquitoes in 30 locations throughout the county. Also, catch basins are treated around identified “hot spots” associated with areas where WNV activity is known to occur and around locations such as senior centers, schools and hospitals where highly susceptible individuals gather.

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash.  WNV can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord and lining of the brain). People with weak immune systems or other underlying conditions are at greater risk of experiencing complications from the disease.

Dr. Harris adds, “West Nile Virus is a serious illness but is preventable if we take action to reduce our exposure to mosquito bites.” 

Mosquitoes need water to breed. Eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by removing areas of standing water:

  • Dispose of old tires. Regularly empty any metal cans, ceramic flowerpots, bottles, jars, buckets, and other water-holding containers on your property. 
  • Turn over plastic wading pools, outdoor toys and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets. 
  • Keep gutters cleaned and sloped to the downspout. 
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors.
  • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated. Remove standing water from pool covers.
  • Make sure windows and screens are in good condition.
  • Purchase and use a larvicide to eliminate mosquito larvae in areas with standing water and in containers that cannot be dumped.

Mosquitoes that carry the WNV bite during the evening, night and early morning.  Take precautions to protect yourself and your family during these periods. 

  • Use insect repellent containing the active ingredient N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET). Spray the top of your clothing and exposed skin. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label. 
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk.

For more information on WNV and prevention methods, call the Mosquito Hotline: 404-730-5296 or contact the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Division of Environmental Health at (404) 613-1301.  More information is also located on-line at http//:www.fultoncountygahealth.org.



State of Seniors Survey Initial Findings Show Many Fulton Seniors Enjoy a Good Quality of Life; However, Gaps Exist for Those with Limited Incomes | Print |

Nearly 1,000 Surveys completed from April 26, 2012 to May 16, 2012

Preliminary findings of a Fulton County State of Seniors Survey indicate that many Fulton Seniors are enjoying a moderate to high quality of life; however, gaps remain for those with limited incomes and support.  The Survey is being conducted by Fulton County in collaboration with the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research utilizing a Random Digit Dial Survey and an Online Survey of adults ages 55 years and above living in Fulton County.

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