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MDHHS COVID Hotline Ends June 30th: Key Information and Resources

The MDHHS COVID-19 hotline will end on June 30, 2024. Although the hotline at (888) 535-6316 will be discontinued, the phone number will stay active for an additional month with a pre-recorded message directing callers to other COVID-related resources. After this period, the phone number will be fully deactivated. Over the past four years, numerous […]

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New Dangerous Drug Causes Overdose Deaths in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is alerting residents about the emergence of medetomidine in the illicit drug supply, contributing to overdose deaths. Medetomidine, a veterinary tranquilizer, poses significant health risks including slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, and central nervous system depression. Since March, three overdose deaths in Ingham, Berrien, and

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Ascension Offers Free Credit Monitoring After Cyberattack

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel urges Ascension patients and associates to consider free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services following a recent ransomware attack. Ascension Healthcare detected unusual network activity on May 8 and is offering 12 months of complimentary services to potentially affected individuals. The Department of Attorney General’s Data Breaches: What to do

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Financial Aid for Michigan Dairy Farms Impacted by HPAI

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announces immediate financial aid for Michigan dairy farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). This support aims to help farms recover and advance critical HPAI research. Eligible farms can receive up to $28,000 each, with funding available for up to 20 farms,

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Wellness Centers Combat Racial Health Disparities in Michigan

Lt. Governor Gilchrist highlighted 22 Neighborhood Wellness Centers offering free preventive health screenings to address racial health disparities, including a site in Van Buren County located in Niles. Funded by a $17 million FY24 budget investment, these centers provide blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol screenings, COVID-19 and flu testing, and crisis support. Seven centers are

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CDC and FDA Investigate Illnesses Linked to Diamond Shruumz Edibles

The CDC, FDA, and America’s Poison Centers are investigating severe acute illnesses potentially linked to Diamond Shruumz chocolate bars, cones, and gummies, which are marketed as containing a proprietary mushroom blend. As of June 11, 2024, 12 cases and 10 hospitalizations have been reported across eight states. The cause is currently unknown. Individuals are advised

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Avian Influenza Detected in Clinton County Dairy Herd

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Tim Boring announced the detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a dairy herd from Clinton County, marking the 25th affected dairy herd in Michigan. The initial detection was made by the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, with samples sent to the USDA’s National

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Protect Yourself: First 2024 Mosquito Virus Detected in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites as the first mosquito-borne virus of 2024, Jamestown Canyon virus (JCV), has been detected in Saginaw County. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) confirmed the virus on May 22. Key Precautions: Mosquito-Borne Illnesses: Symptoms of JCV: Prevention Tips: For

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