TDH Confirms State's First Chikungunya Case

Friday, June 13, 2014 | 05:59 pm

One Madison County Resident Tests Positive

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed the first case of chikungunya in Tennessee. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory results show a resident of Madison County tested positive for the virus. TDH is reminding Tennesseans of the importance of taking precautions to protect themselves from bites from mosquitoes that may spread this and other viruses such as West Nile and La Crosse.  

Multiple people from Tennessee and other states who recently traveled to the Caribbean now have symptoms of the illness. Chikungunya is now widespread in the Caribbean, with more than 100,000 suspected cases reported. Right now, there is no evidence of transmission of chikungunya in Tennessee, so people most at risk are those returning from travel to the Caribbean.

TDH Offices Statewide to Display Public Health Advisory on Electronic Cigarettes

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 12:47 pm

NASHVILLE – Visitors to Tennessee Department of Health facilities across the state will see a prominently-displayed public health advisory on electronic cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. The advisory, originally posted to the TDH website earlier this year, cautions about using the devices or being exposed to secondhand emissions.

TDH Seeks to Raise Awareness about Chikungunya

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | 10:16 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating the first potential cases of chikungunya in the state. Multiple people from Tennessee recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the illness is now a widespread epidemic with over 100,000 suspected cases. Some of the recent travelers from Tennessee now have symptoms of the illness.

Governor, Commissioners Announce Strategic Plan To Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 12:30 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and others today to announce “Prescription for Success,” the state’s plan to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive, multi-dimensional issue impacting Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. Of the 4,850,000 adults in Tennessee, it is estimated that nearly 5 percent (about 221,000) have used pain relievers, also known as prescription opioids, in the past year for non-medical purposes. Of those, it is estimated that 69,100 are addicted to prescription opioids and require treatment for prescription opioid abuse.

The "Silent Killer" Can be Found by Painless Three-minute Test

Monday, June 02, 2014 | 10:24 am

NASHVILLE – If there were a painless three-minute test that could help you prevent blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or memory loss, would you have it? Most would likely say yes, but unfortunately many don’t make time for a simple assessment to learn if they have high blood pressure.

Admissions to Graceland Nursing Center Suspended

Friday, May 30, 2014 | 09:30 am

Shelby County Nursing Home Cited for Violations

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, has suspended new admissions of residents to Graceland Nursing Center effective May 22, 2014, and imposed a one-time state civil monetary penalty of $1,500. 

Stay Healthy and Safe while Enjoying the Water

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 09:29 am

Recreational Water Illness & Injury Prevention Week is May 19-25, 2014

NASHVILLE – Memorial Day is the traditional opening day of many public pools in Tennessee. While swimming is a fun way to beat the heat and be physically active, thousands of Americans get sick every year due to germs found in the places where we swim. The Tennessee Department of Health joins in the tenth annual observance of Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week May 19-25 to spread the word about ways to help ensure healthy and safe swimming.

Tennessee Communities Receive CDC Fluoridation awards

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 12:19 pm

NASHVILLE – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has presented Water Fluoridation Quality Awards to 103 community water systems across Tennessee. Community water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is safe and effective for preventing tooth decay.

The CDC awards recognize communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoridated water throughout 2012. Tennessee was one of 32 states to have community water systems earning the awards.

Golden Living Center Mountain View Admissions Suspension Lifted

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 08:34 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health announces that the suspension of admissions at Golden Living Center Mountain View has been lifted effective May 9. The facility is a 132-bed licensed nursing home located at 1360 Bypass Rd. in Winchester.