TDH Joins Community Partners to Offer Free Testing for National HIV Testing Day

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 10:04 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health joins a coalition of health providers and other partners across the country taking part in National HIV Testing Day Friday, June 27. As part of this effort to raise awareness and promote prevention of HIV, TDH is teaming up with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS to provide free HIV testing at sites across Tennessee June 26-28. TDH encourages all sexually active Tennesseans, regardless of age, to get tested for HIV.

TDH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 08:49 am

People Urged to Eliminate Standing Water, Take Precautions during Outdoor Activities

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed one human case of West Nile Virus this week, the first human case confirmed in Tennessee in 2014. The WNV case involves a resident of Shelby County who is now recovering.

Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities Summarily Suspends License of Memphis Home Health Agency

Monday, June 23, 2014 | 02:20 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities has summarily suspended the license of Interim HealthCare of Memphis, Tenn. The summary suspension of the home health agency’s license became effective June 2, 2014. As a result of the summary suspension, the agency must cease and desist from providing health care services in Tennessee.

TDH Urges Parents To Think Now About School Immunizations

Monday, June 16, 2014 | 11:15 am

Nashville - Many students across Tennessee are enjoying their summer break. But it won’t be long before the bell rings for the new school year, and it’s never too early to think about school immunizations. Tennessee students are required to have a number of immunizations for school attendance. 

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.