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News and information from the Harrison~Clarksburg Health Department in Clarksburg, WV.

Preventing Heart Disease at any Age

Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable. Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from […] Continue Reading »

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Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Flu activity is increasing nationally. Additional increases are expected in the coming weeks. If you have not gotten your flu vaccination yet this season, you should get one now. A flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and the people around you from influenza and its potentially serious complications. Other ways […] Continue Reading »

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Mosquitoes can spread viruses

Aside from being itchy and annoying, the bite of an infected female mosquito (Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus) can spread dengue, chikungunya, or Zika viruses. People become infected with dengue, chikungunya, or Zika after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Female mosquitoes lay several hundred eggs on the walls of water-filled containers. Eggs stick to […] Continue Reading »

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Prevent skin cancer

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is […] Continue Reading »

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Viral Hepatitis

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver . The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are […] Continue Reading »

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Ebola Outbreak News

Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).Ebola viruses are found in several African countries. Ebola was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what […] Continue Reading »

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Immunizations important for children

We all need vaccines throughout our lives. WV schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students. You can find the required vaccine information by following this link, http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/oeps/immunization/requirements/Pages/default.aspx Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, and whooping cough. When children are […] Continue Reading »

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HEPATITIS: THINK AGAIN

Viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people worldwide each year. That’s as many people as HIV / AIDS.   HEPATITIS A Transmission: Hepatitis A is spread mainly through eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by the faeces of an infected person. It can also be spread by eating raw shellfish that have come […] Continue Reading »

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Summer Safety

Fun in the Sun Everyone enjoys a little bit of summer fun, but it’s always important to monitor the weather conditions in extreme heat— especially if you plan on being outside. Here are some tips to keep in mind: • No matter how long you plan on being out, wear sunscreen with an SPF of […] Continue Reading »

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Men’s Health Month!

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Silent Health Crisis There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s that fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.” Dr. David […] Continue Reading »

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