WASHINGTON - The Obama administration stood solidly against closing the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, with Vice President Joe Biden calling it "a monumental undertaking" with a marginal likelihood of controlling the swine flu virus.
Biden and Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reinforced the government's stance on a border amid confirmation that the virus now has penetrated 11 states and there have been roughly a hundred school system closings.
Swine flu has apparently not charged into Georgia yet, but local and regional health agencies are on the ready and continue to track federal updates.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday staunchly defended its "passive surveillance" policy on the emerging swine flu threat, saying that its measured, cautious border monitoring makes sense.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that more draconian enforcement steps are not yet necessary, even as she acknowledged that officials "anticipate confirmed cases in more states." She reiterated President Barack Obama's stance that people are justifiably concerned but need not be alarmed by it.
WASHINGTON - Amid surging worries about a global pandemic, the United States launched border screening for swine flu exposure Monday and a top federal health official said people should brace for more severe cases, "and possibly deaths."
Richard Besser, acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that American authorities were undertaking "passive screening" at its borders and reiterated the Obama administration's call for people to remain calm. Besser said that U.S. officials at border checkpoints were "asking people about fever and illness, looking for people who are ill."
The Fraser Counseling Center provides courage for those who are afraid and strength for the weak.
Hospice Savannah is in need of loving, talkative volunteers to visit with homebound patients and their families in Bryan and Liberty counties.
Cheers, whistles and applause rang out as a misty-eyed Dr. Seth Borquaye accepted Liberty Regional Medical Center's first Dr. Whitman Fraser award Thursday night.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health invites the public to participate in a 60-day review of Babies Can't Wait, a statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs and their families.
After Mary Caraballo received the encouragement and confidence from the Fraser Counseling Center that she needed to leave her abusive marriage to an alcoholic, she said the help proved priceless.
Leaner budgets may be headed to hospitals and healthcare providers who service a growing number of Medicaid patients.
Each year, thousands of people receive life-saving blood transfusions as a result of the blood collected by the American Red Cross from volunteer donors across the country. In fact, it is estimated that every two seconds, someone in the United States receives a blood transfusions.
Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue announced recently that improvements to the agency's computer modeling system have increased the number of claimants receiving expedited approvals for disability benefits.
Sheryl White was one of many shocked consumers after a peanut plant in Blakely, roughly five hours away, was determined to be the source of a salmonella outbreak.
Liberty Regional Medical Center is partnering with St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital in Savannah to expedite life-saving treatment for the state's third leading cause of death, strokes.
ATLANTA - More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than any year in the nation's history, topping the peak during the baby boom 50 years earlier, federal researchers reported Wednesday.
There is both good and bad news from the more than 4.3 million births:
The Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion will host a free six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.
Local leaders are encouraging citizens to literally begin taking steps toward good health by participating in the Cooperative Extension's upcoming Walk Georgia program.