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ADH recognizes World Rabies Day 2018 by educating Arkansans about animal bites and rabies

Posted: 09/28/18

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has reported 27 rabies cases in animals so far this year; 15 were skunks, 11 were bats, and one was a dog. Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the brain and nerves in humans and other mammals. Today, which is World Read More

Arkansas Heart Attack Registry starts this month

Posted: 09/25/18

Little Rock, Ark. – Twenty-three hospitals have joined the Arkansas Heart Attack Registry (AHAR) in a collaborative effort to reduce the impact of heart attacks on Arkansans.

In 2016, Arkansas ranked number one in the nation for highest heart attack death rate, with 2,922 deaths. The American Heart Association Read More

Health Department investigating reports of illness linked to Fayetteville restaurant

Posted: 09/24/18

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is investigating a cluster of illness associated with customers of the JJ’s Beer Garden and Brewery in Fayetteville, Ark. If anyone has visited JJ’s Beer Garden and Brewery between September 13, 2018 and today, and has experienced Read More

Health Department warns of possible hep A exposure to customers of Jonesboro Pizza Inn

Posted: 09/20/18

Little Rock, Ark. – Northeast Arkansas continues to have an ongoing hepatitis A (hep A) outbreak. Hep A is a contagious liver disease that can be prevented by a vaccination. The ADH is warning of a possible hepatitis A (hep A) exposure after an employee of the Pizza Inn, Read More

Statewide mass flu vaccine clinics start next week

Posted: 09/19/18

(Little Rock, Ark.) – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will be providing flu vaccines across the state in preparation for the 2018-19 flu season starting next week. Each county health unit in Arkansas will be hosting a mass flu vaccine clinic, which is typically a day-long event when Read More

Health department completes roll out of birth and death certificate services in all counties

Posted: 09/17/18

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is now offering vital records services in all counties. At least one Local Health Unit (LHU) in every county is now ready to process same-day, in-person requests for birth certificates and death certificates. In addition to in-person and mail Read More

Safe Sleep Awareness Walk Sept. 15

Posted: 09/13/18

Little Rock, Ark. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed September as Safe Sleep Awareness Month in recognition of the need to educate Arkansas parents and caregivers about how to keep infants safe as they sleep.

In 2016, approximately 300 infants in Arkansas died before their first birthday and nearly Read More

Suicide the leading cause of violent death in Arkansas

Posted: 09/10/18

Little Rock, Ark. – There were 621 people who died by suicide in Arkansas in 2017, making it the leading cause of violent death in Arkansas in that year. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and partners want Arkansans to know there is help and hope.

ADH and the Read More

Healthy Active Arkansas Recognizes Clinton National Airport for New Breastfeeding Area

Posted: 08/24/18

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Healthy Active Arkansas (HAA) is thrilled to recognize the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport for their newly created “Mother’s Room” for mothers who need to breastfeed their children or pump while visiting the airport. This is the second breastfeeding space Read More

Health Department to host hep A vaccination clinics in Paragould

Posted: 08/21/18

Little Rock, Ark. – As Northeast Arkansas continues to be heavily affected by an ongoing hepatitis A (hep A) outbreak, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will host two public clinics to vaccinate residents of Greene County. Hep A is a contagious liver disease that can be prevented by Read More

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