As part of an ongoing investigation, food safety specialists from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and personnel from the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratories (DCLS) have detected Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause human illness, in cheese produced by Roos Foods Inc. of Kenton, Delaware.
For more information see: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-a/021514listeriacheese.shtml
As severe winter weather moves into our area, the Alexandria Health Department urges everyone to prepare for the snowstorm and offers tips to stay safe during cleanup activities following the storm.
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States but in many cases it can be preventable and controllable. Start taking care of your heart today and everyday by making some simple changes to your daily routine.
Lose power? Don’t know what food to save and what food to discard? Visit alexandriava.gov/30086 for the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations on what to keep and what to pitch. Visit alexandriava.gov/FoodSafety for other food safety guidance. For updates on City services and announcements concerning the winter storm, visit alexandriava.gov/Snow.
Flu season is upon us. Take time to learn about a few simple steps that you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.
The Alexandria Health Department is pleased to announce that the City of Alexandria’s 2012 teen pregnancy rate has dropped 7.5 percent to 30.9 pregnancies per 1,000 10-19 year-old females. This marks the lowest overall teen pregnancy rate in Alexandria in more than 16 years and is a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of a number of City agencies and community partners.
Are you or someone you know affected by HIV/AIDS? In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a free
symposium will be on Saturday, February 8 at Oakland Baptist Church
(3408 King Street, Alexandria, VA) from 1 to 4 p.m
. This free
event will include lunch and prizes. The event is co-sponsored by: Alexandria Health Department
, Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS
, and NAACP – Alexandria Branch.
A key to healthy people and healthier communities is wellness in the first year of life (including prenatal care). Healthy birth outcomes and early recognition and treatment of health problems in infants contribute to children reaching their full potential and can prevent death or disability among the most vulnerable in our community. To access recent Public Health Indicators of Prenatal and Infant Wellness in Alexandria click here.
ConnectVirginia is Virginia’s Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). A video is now available to introduce the Health Information Exchange and to explain the benefits of secure, electronic exchange of health information for patients and providers across the Commonwealth.
Manufacturers of purified protein derivative (PPD) used in the tuberculin skin test (TST) are experiencing delays in production, resulting in a nationwide shortage. Click here to see information about Alexandria Health Department (AHD) tuberculosis (TB) control activities.
Hookah smoking is rapidly gaining in popularity as a social activity. Hookah users inhale tobacco smoke that passes through a water-filled chamber. Teens and young adults are among the largest groups of users. But did you know that hookah use is more dangerous than cigarette smoking?
Beginning October 1, 2013, millions of uninsured Americans will be able to find health insurance that meets their needs and fits the way they live, at the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace will give Americans who are uninsured or who buy their own coverage a whole new way to shop for insurance. Click here for more information.
The fourth annual County Health Rankings were released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on March 20, 2013. Please click here to view the results.
Many people think pertussis (or “whooping cough”) no longer exists. Actually, it remains a poorly controlled illness. How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from this very contagious illness? The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated with the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine.
Immunizations are important for everyone — from infants to seniors. Vaccines protect you and your loved ones from serious diseases and keep our community healthy. Protect yourself, your loved ones and our community - be wise, immunize! View the current recommended immunization schedule here.
The Alexandria Health Department Brochure of Services, in both English and Spanish (please click on either to view and print) is available. The brochures provide a wide overview of our services, including program descriptions, locations, and phone numbers and hours of operation.
The Alexandria Health Department is closed to the public on Thursday mornings, 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., for internal administrative functions and staff development. The other days of the week, the Health Department will be open during its usual business hours. For further information, call 703.746.4996. Thank you.
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In today's world, your health and safety, and that of your family and friends, can be affected by a wide range of potential health emergencies. Knowing what to do in advance can better protect us all. Learn more about emergency preparedness >>
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