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Archive for January, 2013

Health Notes – Hospice facility adds doctor

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

A roundup of area health-related news.

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CFPUA evacuated because of suspicious package

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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TreeFest kicks off Friday in Wilmington

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — TreeFest, an annual distribution of tree seedlings, returns this year with the addition of two native grasses.

It all kicks off tomorrow and runs through Saturday. You can pick up any combination of trees and grasses, up 5 tree seedlings, both days between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. In the JC Penney end court inside Independence Mall.

Dig into all the details when you watch Jennifer O’keefe’s interview with Good Morning Carolina anchor Ashley Jacobs.

TreeFest began in 1997, after Hurricanes Bertha and Fran destroyed many trees in the area. The TreeFest Committee organizes the event; members and sponsors include Progress Energy, North Carolina Forest Service, Keep New Hanover County Beautiful, New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, New Hanover County Parks Department, New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, Tidal Creek Cooperative Market, City of Wilmington, and Independence Mall.

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Norovirus crops up in North Carolina

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Wash your hands. Seven outbreaks have been confirmed across North Carolina so far in 2013.

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Norovirus outbreak in North Carolina

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State health officials say a new strain of norovirus is making North Carolinians sick.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported there have been seven outbreaks of the intestinal illness already this year in North Carolina.

Norovirus usually causes severe diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain.

Health department epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore says the state is working with local health departments to try to stop the spread of the illness.

Moore says many of this year’s outbreaks have occurred in homes for the elderly. He says the virus most often is spread through person-to-person contact, contaminated surfaces and contaminated food and water. Moore says hand-washing is the best way to combat the problem.

The new strain is called Sydney 2012 because it is thought to have started in Australia.

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