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What is Zika Virus? How is the virus spread? How can I protect myself? How does it affect pregnant women?

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Taking care of your eyes, and learning about your health, is a first step to preventing vision loss from common eye problems.

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.


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As colder weather moves in, so do a lot of sniffles and sneezes. Instead of rushing to the doctor for an antibiotic, GET SMART about antibiotics.

   Did you know:

  • Only about 1 in 50 sinus infections are caused by bacteria and can be treated with antibiotics.  Find out more about sinus infections here: http://1.usa.gov/1HlOlDf
  • Bronchitis, or a chest cold, almost always gets better on its own without antibiotics.  However, sometimes a lingering infection does require treatment from your doctor.  For more information on when to see you doctor, visit the CDC’s website: http://1.usa.gov/1Adfhfq
  • Ear infections are common in childhood.  Your child’s doctor can determine if the infection is caused by bacterial and if antibiotics will help.  Learn more about when ear infections need antibiotics: http://1.usa.gov/1KQLKU2

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics can promote the development of #drugresistant bacteria. Please help do your part and GET SMART about using antibiotics.

In good health,


Kathy Luhn, Health Commissioner




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Chicken and Pork Hot Dog and Corn Dog Products Recalled by Bar-S Foods

Possible listeria contamination has led to the recall of nearly 373,000 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products made by Bar-S Foods Company of Altus, Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says.

The five recalled products have the establishment number "EST. P-81A" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to stores nationwide. There have been no confirmed reports of illness associated with the products.

People with the products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. For more information, consumers can call the Bar-S Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-965-6134.

Listeria can cause cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

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