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Legionnaires’ Outbreak Hits Buncombe and Henderson Counties

The Buncombe and Henderson County Health Departments, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, are investigating multiple cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported in individuals who attended the NC Mountain State Fair in Fletcher, NC, Sept. 6–15, 2019. Fifty-three laboratory-confirmed Legionnaires’ disease cases had been reported to the Division of Public […]

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CDC Issues Interim Guidance on Vaping Illness

Thirty-eight states and one U.S. territory have reported more than 500 cases of severe lung illnesses potentially associated with e-cigarette products. Seven related deaths have been confirmed in six states. All reported cases have a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping, with most patients reporting a history of using e-cigarette products containing THC. The […]

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Three Cases of Severe Acute Pulmonary Illness Reported Across NC by People Vaping

The NC Division of Public Health alerted clinicians last week about recent reports of severe pulmonary illness following vaping. Three cases have been identified in North Carolina that are similar to those reported in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, and Minnesota. Patients have presented with respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath that worsen over a […]

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Family Medicine Well-Represented at State Opioid Summit

Family Medicine and the NCAFP were well-represented earlier this week at the NC Opioid Summit in Raleigh by both staff and physician leaders. Leading speakers from around the state and country discussed ways to reduce the opioid epidemic across North Carolina, including Bertha Madras, PhD, professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School and former Deputy […]

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NC Health Officials Urge Caution on Measles

With multiple measles outbreaks occurring in the United States, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging preventive measures and reminding everyone that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 764 people from 23 states […]

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The NC Institute of Medicine is Holding Healthy NC 2030 Community Input Sessions

As a component of the Healthy North Carolina 2030 project, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) is soliciting community input on several population health indicators and working to raise awareness of the state’s health improvement plan process. The Institute has been holding community input sessions across the state, with several more planned for the […]

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N.C. Academy of Family Physicians Urges Seniors & North Carolinians with Chronic Illness to Get Vaccinated against Pneumococcal Disease this Fall

NC Ranks 49th for Deaths Caused by Pneumonia; Consider Pneumococcal Vaccination when Getting Your Flu Shot, Physician Group Says (Raleigh, N.C.) – October 17, 2018 – The North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, the state’s largest specialty medical association, today urged older adults and North Carolinians with chronic conditions such as heart or kidney disease, […]

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NC Medical Board will Move to Adopt Emergency Disaster License Rules

The North Carolina Medical Board will move to adopt the emergency and temporary licensing policies it implemented in anticipation of Hurricane Florence as standing emergency rules. The emergency rules specify how out-of-state physicians, physician assistants (PAs), or anesthesiology assistants (AAs) may obtain temporary authority to practice in state during a declared state of emergency. To […]

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