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Archive for February, 2010
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Date and Time of Press Briefing:  Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, 3:30pm
 


 

 

Speakers:  Dr. Tresa Saxton, Director, UNCG Student Health Services
                       Dr. Ward Robinson, Medical Director, Guilford County Department
                       of Public Health
 

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY OPPORTUNITY FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS ON THIS SUBJECT TODAY.
 

Background:

Late last week, the clinicians of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Student Health Services diagnosed a student with signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis (TB).  The Student Health Services staff contacted the Guilford County Department of Public Health immediately, as required by state communicable disease law.  The student was transferred to a hospital where further evidence of TB was found.  The student is responding to antibiotics and may return to school when no longer contagious.More...

 

The Department of Public Health is working with the student and the University to identify and test those at risk of acquiring TB.  Those who are at risk have had close and prolonged contact with this student.  These are the residents living in the same residence hall and those students/faculty attending the same classes.  Approximately 600 students and faculty have been identified.

 

UNCG and GCDPH will continue to work together in this effort.  All those identified to be at risk will receive a TB skin test at no cost.  Those with positive skin tests will be offered antibiotics free of charge.  Testing and medication will be provided by Guilford County Department of Public Health.

Tuberculosis is not spread by brief contact with an infected person.  It can be cured with antibiotics. For more information on TB, visit www.guilfordhealth.org and click on Health Information A-Z for a fact sheet on tuberculosis.

 

 


Friday, February 19th, 2010

The new County Health Rankings report released on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show Guilford County as the tenth in our state for Health Outcomes and 17th for Health Factors. (more…)


Friday, February 19th, 2010

Guilford County Department of Public Health is partnering with NCA&T State University to provide seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccinations at the A&T-WSSU basketball games on Monday evening, February 22 at the Greensboro Coliseum. (more…)


Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is alerting residents that a raccoon found on Wild Turkey Road in southeastern Guilford County tested positive for the rabies virus.  This is the fourth case of animal rabies in Guilford County this year.  (more…)


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