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ADH warns of a possible Hep A exposure to customers of Cheddar’s on Stadium Blvd., Jonesboro

Posted: 01/10/19

Little Rock, Ark. – Northeast Arkansas continues to see new infections as part of an ongoing hepatitis A (hep A) outbreak. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is warning people about a possible hep A exposure after an employee of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Jonesboro tested positive Read More

New Year, Healthier State

Posted: 01/04/19

Little Rock, Ark. – The new year coincided with a report released by the United Health Foundation (UHF) that showed that Arkansas increased our health ranking by two spots, from 48 to 46 overall. The UHF described Arkansas’s strengths as a low prevalence of excessive drinking and high meningococcal Read More

ADH warns of a possible hep A exposure to customers of OTB Mexican Grill and Cantina Red Wolf Blvd.

Posted: 01/02/19

Little Rock, Ark. – Northeast Arkansas continues to have a hepatitis A (hep A) outbreak, and the ADH is warning of a possible hep A exposure after an employee of On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in Jonesboro tested positive for the virus.

Anyone who Read More

Arkansas WIC program to continue as usual

Posted: 12/22/18

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program will continue normal operations, even after the federal government shutdown last night. WIC participants and vendors will be able to sign up for and participate in the program as usual.

Applicants can still come to Read More

Health Alert regarding the Trafalgar Road Fire

Posted: 12/12/18

The Arkansas Department of Health learned today of preliminary results of particulate matter (PM) monitoring conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of air in the ½ mile radius around the 8000 block of Trafalgar Road in Bella Vista. One of these readings has shown that air quality for particle Read More

Statement on Bella Vista Air Monitoring Preliminary Findings

Posted: 11/30/18

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) received preliminary air quality results from samples the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) collected from the site off Trafalgar Road in Bella Vista that is being referred to as a “stump dump.” These data are still being validated, and will not be Read More

ADH launches Be Well Arkansas

Posted: 11/27/18

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) recently launched Be Well Arkansas, an enhancement of previous tobacco cessation services, to provide Arkansans with resources to improve their health and well-being.

In Arkansas, the leading causes of death include stroke, heart disease and cancer. The Read More

E-cigarette use on the rise in the US and Arkansas

Posted: 11/20/18

Little Rock, Ark. – Data released by the CDC last week showed that e-cigarette use has increased 80% in the last year. Arkansas’s rate of e-cigarette use by high school students was 13.7% in 2017 and is estimated to approach the national rate of 20.8% in 2018.

These high rates Read More

Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Arkansas Update

Posted: 11/05/18

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) received an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the weekend on the five suspected cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) in Arkansas. Of the suspected cases this year, three are now confirmed cases, while Read More

20 Arkansans Suffer from Stroke Each Day

Posted: 10/29/18

Little Rock, Ark. – In 2016, Arkansas had the fourth highest acute stroke death rate in the United States. About 20 people suffer from stroke each day in the state.  

Approximately 80 million people living around the world today have had a stroke, and someone has a stroke every 40 Read More

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