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Health Department reports Kentucky flu activity level is widespread for 9th consecutive week

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are reporting “widespread” flu activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the ninth consecutive week. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly...

Despite budget dispute, a number of significant health proposals were passed by Legislature

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky legislators have all but ended their regular session without agreeing on a budget, but they were able to pass a wide range of health bills that await Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature or veto. Legislators can still pass more bills, including a budget, when they return for one day, April 12, and reconsider any bills the governor vetoes (except the budget,...

Kentuckians urged to get vaccinated against the flu as officials confirm state’s first case

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting the first positive lab-confirmed influenza case this week, indicating the presence of flu circulating in Kentucky. The case was in Jefferson County.   DPH officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. Kentucky’s flu activity will be classified as “sporadic,”...

E-cigarette use more than doubles among U.S. middle, high schoolers from 2011-2012

Special to KyForward   The percentage of U.S. middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) The findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, in the most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, show...

‘Journey Thru Lyme Disease’ hike is effort
to create awareness about tick-borne illness

Logan McCulloch is about to complete a six-month hike along the Appalachian Trail to raise awareness about Lyme Disease. (Photo from Kentuckiana Lyme Disease Support Group)   Logan McCulloch of Louisville was a healthy, athletic 52-year-old with a demanding job as the chief development officer for the Kentuckiana Region of American Red Cross. As an outdoor enthusiast, he spent his free time hiking,...