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Zika Virus Information

The Georgia Department of Public Health cautions travelers, especially women who are pregnant, to protect themselves against mosquito bites when heading to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. 

For more information about Zika virus and resources, visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Zika.


Back-to-school clinic serves dual purpose

School bells will soon be ringing all over the Coastal Health district signifying the start of a new school year...

Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program now under DPH

It is no secret that Georgia, like the rest of the country, is in the midst of an opioid epidemic...


Commissioner's Award presented to DPH for 2016-17 State Charitable Contributions Campaign

The Commissioner's Award was presented to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) for the 2016-17 State Charitable Contributions Campaign for a state agency with 501 to 1,000 employees with contributions totaling 10,668...

Commissioner's Corner

J. Patrick O'Neal, M.D. serves as the Director of Health Protection for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), where he has oversight responsibility for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Trauma, Emergency Preparedness, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Chronic Disease, Immunizations, Environmental Health, Injury Prevention, Volunteer Health Programs and the Georgia Public Health Lab.

Since 2002, Dr. O'Neal served as the Medical Director for the Office of EMS/Trauma in the Georgia Division of Public Health under the Department of Community Health (DCH). For 29 years prior, he practiced emergency medicine at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur. 

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