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A metro Atlanta county will be one of three pilot sites nationwide to run a federal program aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, health officials said Thursday.

In 2017, Georgia had the second highest rate in the nation of new diagnoses of HIV, and more than 58,700 people are currently living with HIV in the state.

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More than 300 people in Georgia have been affected by hepatitis A and one person has died between June 2018 and May 3, state health officials said Tuesday.

The report comes the same week as officials in South Carolina report an outbreak of hepatitis A in Aiken County. That's 30 miles from Augusta, where the Georgia Department of Public Health reported the second highest number of cases. Rome had the highest number with 137 cases of hepatitis A.

Mother Wenyi Zhang holds 1-year-old Abel Zhang moments after he received a vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), at the International Community Health Services Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Seattle.
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The Georgia Department of Public Health on Thursday confirmed three new cases of measles in the state.

In January, three cases of measles were confirmed in the Atlanta area, bringing the total for 2019 to six cases and two families, DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said.

This comes as the nation is experiencing its highest rates of measles cases since the disease was eliminated from the United States in 2000.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health on Wednesday confirmed 17 cases of E. coli in Georgia, after a multistate outbreak was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly 100 people in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia have become sick, but no deaths have been reported.

MORE: Georgians Sickened In Multi-State E. Coli Outbreak

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The upcoming Super Bowl has the highest security rating for events, SEAR 1, meaning it's a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity, health officials said Tuesday.

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The CDC reports that Georgia has had one of the highest flu rates in the country during this winter. Georgia has seen more than 400 flu-related hospitalizations since the start of flu season in September, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News, joined "On Second Thought" to discuss flu trends in the state and how to prevent illness until peak flu season ends in February.