Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Since 2017, Missouri has been amid a Hepatitis A outbreak. The highest concentration of cases has been - and is currently - in the southeast region. But state health officials say if at-risk populations don’t take the necessary actions to avoid contracting the disease, it could spread further. 

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Over 550 medical marijuana facilities have pre-filed applications with the Missouri health department, 12 of which could be located in southeast Missouri. 

On June 4, forms were made available to the public for potential cultivation, manufacturing, dispensary, and testing facilities for the drug. 

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says nature-lovers need to be on the lookout for early symptoms of tick-borne illnesses this summer.

The reminder comes after a report by the CDC that claimed a tripling in diseases caused by ticks and mosquitos since 2004.

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the DHSS, says it's vital that you see a doctor if flu-like symptoms, characteristic of a tick-borne illness, start to set in.

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The 2017-2018 flu season is estimated to be at its peak, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) says it’s still a good time to get vaccinated.


Director of the DHSS, Dr. Randall Williams says although the vaccine’s overall effectiveness is less than those of past years for adults, people who received the vaccine, and also contracted the flu, had less severe symptoms, required less hospitalization, and recovered faster.