Infectious Diseases News
Video: Local Health Expert Discusses Face Shields
31 Jul 2020 at 4:03pm
Dr. Ali Hassoun, an infectious disease specialist at Huntsville Hospital, weighs the pros and cons of wearing a face shields to protect yourself from coronavirus.
Video: Animal Health 7/30/20 - Tick Diseases
30 Jul 2020 at 4:30am
Dr. Karen Emerson of the Emerson Animal Hospital in West Point describes the symptoms and treatment for pets that come down with tick diseases. For a consultation for your pet, call (662) 524-4145
Video: Coronavirus: Separating the facts from fear
27 Jul 2020 at 3:06pm
With the coronavirus surging in our area, one of your best defenses is knowing the truth. News 25?s Lorraine Weiskopf spoke with Singing River Health System to see how they?re advising the public on COVID-19.
Singing River Health System CEO Lee Bond said, ?We decided early on that there are a lot of fears out there and misnomers and mistruths, so we started a little segment called ?Facts, not Fears.?
?Facts, not Fears? is a public forum addressing common questions or concerns about the virus. Singing River Health Care infection prevention specialists and infectious diseases specialists worked on the forum. It covers serious questions such as ?are our hospitals running out of ICU beds?? SRHS Media Relations Director Sarah Duffey said ?We have 55 ICU, 29 here in Pascagoula in the hospital and we have almost 400 license beds, regular beds here. In Ocean Springs, we have close to 140, so right now we?re pretty good when it comes to hospital beds.?
They also get some lighthearted questions like ?a common way to get COVID-19 is from drinking a Corona beer.? ?You?re probably not going to get it from drinking a Corona unless you share your beer. In that case, you?ll probably get it.?
?We kind of threw that one in there to make people laugh and not think about all the gloom and doom.?
For more reliable answers regarding the virus, check out Singing River Health?s website or Facebook page. ?The scary questions that the world?s going to end or that we need to buy all the supplies because we?re not going to have access to it later. We?re trying to get people to calm down and that the facts are bigger than the fear.?
Singing River Health System is hosting a free drive-thru COVID testing event Friday, July 31st from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Gulfport Medical Center.
Video: Infectious Disease Specialist Dr Ali Hassoun Discusses The Coronavirus...
23 Jul 2020 at 4:13pm
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr Ali Hassoun Discusses The Coronavirus Pandemic
Video: Coast-wide Immunization Fair for kids taking place Friday
22 Jul 2020 at 3:09pm
Mississippi state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, head start, or day care. If your child hasn?t done so yet, there?s still a little time.
The clock is ticking down and so is the opportunity to get your child?s required shots before school begins. Coastal Family Health Pediatrician Dr. Wendy Williams said, "This Friday is going to be the last day in our long series of immunization fairs we've had this summer. This is the time to definitely come along and take advantage. The immunizations will be for those entering kindergarten and those entering seventh grade. Those are the two main groups that will need them. If there are kids in that group who need catch up shots, we'll definitely be there for them."
The immunizations are available for any child who lives on the Coast this Friday at Coastal Family Health?s pediatric clinic on Division Street in Biloxi from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it?s free. Bring your ID for registration and if you?re from out of state bring your child?s immunization records.
Parents of seventh graders are reminded their children must have their TDAP shot. "You?ll be greeted at the table. We'll get your registration. You can take care of that while you're in the car. Once we know what you need, and we're ready for you, we'll call you in the clinic. You come in the clinic. You'll get your immunizations and you'll be on your way."
For those of you who have kids who are physically going back to school, here are a few tips to help keep your kids safe from germs. "The most important thing to remember is to keep your hands clean. Wash your hands frequently. We can practice that at home with our kids. We can practice that at home if we need to. The other thing is to practice wearing masks. It doesn't come naturally. It's not the easiest thing. Some of us think our kids can't do it, but they really can, especially if we work with them and make it fun."
Video: The Hormel Institute continues cancer research with new tool
22 Jul 2020 at 3:09pm
Even with much attention on the novel coronavirus, researchers are still hard at work studying other deadly diseases.
Video: Infectious disease doctor speaks out on efficacy of wearing a face mask
20 Jul 2020 at 6:00pm
Dr. Bob Pelz said that wearing a mask decreases the risk of spreading the virus.
Video: Returning to school amid the pandemic
16 Jul 2020 at 8:04pm
A discussion with Dr. Ali Hassoun, Infectious Disease Specialist at Huntsville Hospital
Video: Mandatory Mask Order
16 Jul 2020 at 4:14pm
We are back with Dr. Ali Hassoun, an infectious disease specialist at Huntsville Hospital to discuss the statewide masking order.
Video: Back To School Amid The Pandemic
16 Jul 2020 at 4:04pm
We are joined by Dr. Ali Hassoun, an infectious disease specialist at Huntsville Hospital to get a better understanding of the impact of the pandemic on north Alabama.
Video: NJCAA moving football to spring
13 Jul 2020 at 7:39pm
Today, the National Junior College Athletic Association announced its decision to officially move football to the spring and yet there?s still a scenario in which the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges has football in the fall.
The NJCAA?s adjusted plan of action is shifting all close-contact fall sports to the spring semester including football as well as men?s and women?s soccer and court volleyball.
Cross country and the half marathon championships will go on as planned.
As for the winter sports, those being men?s and women?s basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving, they?ll be pushed back until January as well.
All that being said, the MACC is still holding out hope for close contact sports in the fall, abstaining from making a final vote for another two weeks.
Sources close to the situation tells News 25 that the NJCAA has agreed to work with the MACC as the latter continues to monitor their decisions made by other leagues before coming to a final conclusion of its own.
Here?s part of the NJCAA statement: ?Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes. Our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures.?
Then the MACC quote: ?While we are very concerned about the health and safety of our student-athletes, personnel, and fans, we believe they are best served by waiting for other conferences and organizations to make a final decision regarding fall sports.?
Either way it goes, here?s the reaction from Pearl River Community College on the possibility of spring football. PRCC Head Football Coach Seth Smith said, "Today was honestly a continuation of this whole virus. You kind of get a plan in place, you feel like you're moving forward and then something changes so if you're not willing to adapt and overcome this thing right here it will kind of put you on your butt. So for us, the news today really doesn't affect us because we're going to move forward like nothing has changed until they come out and give us complete confirmation that it has changed."
PRCC Athletic Director Jeff Long said, "I think I'd be lying right now if I said there weren't concerns with the immediate future as far as things being normal. I think there are certainly going to be some changes to a lot of things. I don't anticipate - I'm certainly not an infectious disease specialist but I don't anticipate the fall, us returning to normal so quick from the folks we've talked to, the people we've talked to just kind of looking at what's going on. But I do hope eventually, that we can make the best decisions possible to get back as soon as we can."
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College declined to comment on the on-going decision making process at this time.
The Bulldogs are still the reigning national champions in football.
Video: Singing River Health System discusses rise in coronavirus cases
9 Jul 2020 at 12:37pm
Singing River Live COVID-19 Facts vs. Fears 3.0 update with Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Okechukwu Ekenna discussing what has been learned about COVID-19 and how guidance has changed since the beginning of the pandemic.
Video: Fauci Mask
7 Jul 2020 at 3:01pm
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, spoke with Alabama senator Doug Jones in a Facebook live stream today, addressing a number of issues surrounding covid- 19.
Video: Graduation exposures
30 Jun 2020 at 3:04pm
The Health Dept. is asking for everyone who went to the Central High and Hixson High graduations to get a Covid-19 test. Each graduation had an infectious person in the audience.
Video: Advisory council formed for school reopenings
23 Jun 2020 at 7:13pm
Greyhound nation and Singing River Health System announced a new partnership today to form a game plan on how to best reopen schools in the age of COVID-19.
School administrators are tasked this summer with reopening schools in a safe manner during a global pandemic. Ocean Springs School District Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman said, ?We have been placed in a situation to make some serious decisions around health and safety with the coronavirus that really requires a specialized level of care.?
Enter Singing River Health System?s new ?Medical Advisory Council.? Comprised of four members with expertise in pediatrics, community relations, and infectious diseases, the council will work with Ocean Springs School District leaders on strategies for reopening. Ocean Springs Hospital Administrator Heath Thompson said, "Screening for symptoms, we've all heard a lot about that with the fever, the cough, or maybe the onset of the shortness of breath. And then, what we call safe distance, or that would be your social distance strategy, and the third would be what we call sanitization strategy."
Moving forward the council hopes the measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 will translate into positive healthy habits for students. "They're going to develop a lot of hygiene habits related to an infection prevention that are going to only help us reduce the spread with things like COVID, but also with flu,? said Thompson.
School district officials say they?re eager to expand their relationship with Singing River as they explore all learning options ahead of the scheduled start of school on August 5th. Dr. Coleman said, "We want all of our children, all of our staff members to be in our buildings, but we want to do that safely. We have a very healthy fear of this virus, and that makes all of us cautious."